Classical Music News for July/August 2008:

Music moves outdoors (mostly) during summer in southern California. Some of the noteworthy al fresco events include:

--Bramwell Towey, who was recently named L.A. Philharmonic's principal guest conductor at the Hollywood Bowl, will premiere his own composition, Urban Runway, on July 8 (teamed with Orff's Carmina Burana).

--Esa-Pekka Salonen will make his final appearance as the Phil's music director when he conducts Mahler's Eighth at the Bowl, Sept. 9 & 11. (

--On Aug. 8 & 10, Music Academy of the West will mount the West Coast premiere of William Bolcom's comic opera, A Wedding (based on the Robert Altman film). Indoors at the Academy's theatre in Santa Barbara. (

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