We Californians have a unique perspective on just about everything including classical music. Help create the first-ever Classical California Ultimate Playlist. Cast your vote now through September 17th right here at KUSC.org, on Facebook, and Instagram. Then tune in the week of September 28th as we playback your Classical California Ultimate Playlist!

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Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Adams: The Chairman Dances
Albeniz: Asturias
Albinoni: Adagio in g minor
Anonymous: Romance for Guitar
Bach: Air on the G String
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #1
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #2
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #3
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #4
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #5
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #6
Bach: Cello Suite #1
Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins
Bach: Goldberg Variations
Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bach: Magnificat
Bach: Mass in b minor
Bach: Orchestral Suite #1
Bach: Orchestral Suite #2
Bach: Orchestral Suite #3
Bach: Orchestral Suite #4
Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor
Bach: Passion According to St. Matthew
Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze
Bach: Sleepers Wake
Bach: Toccata & Fugue in d minor
Badelt: Pirates of the Caribbean
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Barry: Theme from “Out of Africa”
Beach: Gaelic Symphony
Beach: Piano Concerto
Beethoven: Choral Fantasy
Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Beethoven: Fur Elise
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #4
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 “Emperor”
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 “Moonlight”
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #21 “Waldstein”
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #31
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #32
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #8 “Pathetique”
Beethoven: Romance #2
Beethoven: Symphony #3 “Eroica”
Beethoven: Symphony #5
Beethoven: Symphony #6 “Pastoral”
Beethoven: Symphony #7
Beethoven: Symphony #8
Beethoven: Symphony #9
Beethoven: Triple Concerto
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Berlioz: Requiem
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
Bernstein: Candide Overture
Bernstein: West Side Story Symphonic Dances
Bizet: Carmen
Bizet: L’Arlesienne Suite #1
Bizet: L’Arlesienne Suite #2
Bizet: Symphony in C Major
Boccherini: Fandango Quintet
Boccherini: Night Music on the Streets of Madrid
Bonds: Troubled Water
Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia
Borodin: Nocturne
Borodin: Polovetsian Dances
Brahms: German Requiem
Brahms: Haydn Variations
Brahms: Hungarian Dances #1
Brahms: Hungarian Dances #2
Brahms: Hungarian Dances #5
Brahms: Piano Concerto #1
Brahms: Piano Concerto #2
Brahms: Symphony #1
Brahms: Symphony #2
Brahms: Symphony #3
Brahms: Symphony #4
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Brahms: Violin Concerto
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy
Bruch: Violin Concerto #1
Chaminade: Concertino
Chaplin: Smile
Chopin: “Grand Valse Brilliant”
Chopin: “Raindrop” Prelude
Chopin: Barcarolle
Chopin: Fantaisie Impromptu in c# minor
Chopin: Heroic Polonaise
Chopin: Military Polonaise
Chopin: Nocturne #19 in e
Chopin: Piano Concerto #1
Chopin: Piano Concerto #2
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Copland: Hoe Down
Corelli: Christmas Concerto
Debussy: Clair de Lune
Debussy: La Mer
Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Delibes: Lakme: Flower Duet
Delius: “By the River”
Desplat: The King’s Speech
Desplat: The Shape of Water
Djawadi: Game of Thrones
Doyle: Sense and Sensibility
Dukas: Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Durufle: Requiem
Dvorak: Cello Concerto
Dvorak: Rusalka: Song to the Moon
Dvorak: Serenade for Strings
Dvorak: String Quartet #12 “American”
Dvorak: Symphony #8
Dvorak: Symphony #9 “From the New World”
Dvorak: Violin Concerto
Einaudi : Primavera
Einaudi: Two Sunsets
Elfman: Edward Scissorhands
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March #1
Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine
Faure: Pavane
Faure: Requiem
Franck: Symphony in d
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Gershwin: Concerto in F
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Giacchino: Up
Glass: Echorus
Glazunov: The Seasons
Goldsmith: Star Trek
Grieg: Holberg Suite
Grieg: Peer Gynt
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite
Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel: Messiah
Handel: Royal Fireworks Music
Handel: Water Music
Handel: Xerxes: Largo
Hanson: Symphony #2 “Romantic”
Haydn: Cello Concerto #1
Haydn: Symphony #104 “London”
Haydn: Symphony #94 “Surprise”
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto
Herrmann: Psycho
Hisaishi: The Merry-Go-Round of Life
Holst: The Planets
Janacek: Sinfonietta
Jenkins: Palladio
Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag
Joplin: Solace
Joplin: The Entertainer
Khachaturian: Masquerade: Waltz
Khachaturian: Spartacus: Adagio
Kondo: Legend of Zelda
Korngold: Robin Hood
Lauridsen: O magnum mysterium
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody #2
Liszt: La Campanella
Liszt: Liebestraum
Liszt: Piano Concerto #1
Lunn: Downton Abbey
Mahler: Symphony #1
Mahler: Symphony #5: Adagietto
Marianelli: Pride & Prejudice
Marquez: Danzon #2
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo
Massenet: Thais: Meditation
Mendelssohn, Fanny: Concert Overture
Mendelssohn, Felix: Hebrides Overture
Mendelssohn, Felix: Midsummer Night’s Dream
Mendelssohn, Felix: Symphony #3 “Scottish”
Mendelssohn, Felix: Symphony #4 “Italian”
Mendelssohn, Felix: Violin Concerto
Moncayo: Huapango
Moross; The Big Country
Morricone: Cinema Paradiso
Morricone: Once Upon a Time in America
Morricone: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Morricone: The Mission: Gabriel’s Oboe
Mouret: Symphonic Suite #1
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
Mozart: Concerto for 2 Pianos
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Mozart: Flute & Harp Concerto
Mozart: Laudate Dominum
Mozart: Magic Flute
Mozart: Marriage of Figaro
Mozart: Piano concerto #17
Mozart: Piano Concerto #20
Mozart: Piano Concerto #21
Mozart: Piano Concerto #25
Mozart: Requiem
Mozart: Rondo alla Turca
Mozart: Symphonie Concertante
Mozart: Symphony #25
Mozart: Symphony #38 “Prague”
Mozart: Symphony #39
Mozart: Symphony #40
Mozart: Symphony #41 “Jupiter”
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Myers: Cavatina from “The Deer Hunter”
Newman: The Natural
Nyman: The Piano
Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld: Overture
Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann: Barcarolle
Orff: Carmina Burana
Pachelbel: Canon
Paganini: Violin Concerto #1
Piazzolla: Libertango
Price: Symphony #1
Price: Symphony #3
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto #3
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet: Dance of the Knights
Prokofiev: Symphony #1 “Classical”
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro
Puccini: La Boheme
Puccini: Tosca
Puccini: Turandot: Nessun Dorma
Rachmaninoff: Paganini Rhapsody
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #3
Rachmaninoff: Symphony #2
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise
Rameau: Gavotte & Six Doubles
Ravel: Bolero
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin
Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess
Respighi: Pines of Rome
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol
Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Rodrigo: Fantasia para un Gentilhombre
Rosas: Over the Waves
Rossini: Barber of Seville Overture
Rossini: Thieving Magpie Overture
Rossini: William Tell: Overture
Rota: The Godfather
Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals: The Swan
Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto #2
Saint-Saens: Rhapsodie d’Auvergne
Saint-Saens: Symphony #3 “Organ”
Satie: Gymnopedies
Schubert: “Trout” Quintet
Schubert: Nocturne for Piano Trio
Schubert: Serenade
Schubert: String Quintet
Schubert: Symphony #5
Schubert: Symphony #8 “Unfinished”
Schubert: Symphony #9 “Great”
Schumann, Clara: Piano Concerto
Schumann, Clara: Piano Trio
Schumann, Robert: Piano Concerto
Shore: Lord of the Rings
Shostakovich: Jazz Suite: Waltz
Shostakovich: Symphony #5
Sibelius: Finlandia
Sibelius: Karelia Suite
Sibelius: Symphony #2
Sibelius: Symphony #5
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Silvestri: Back to the Future
Smetana: The Moldau
Still: Afro-American Symphony
Strauss, J Jr: Blue Danube Waltz
Strauss, J Jr: Die Fledermaus: Overture
Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier
Stravinsky: Petrushka
Stravinsky: The Firebird
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Waltz
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky: Symphony #4
Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5
Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Tower: Fanfare #1 for the Uncommon Woman
Uematsu: Final Fantasy Theme
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
Vaughan Williams: Tallis Fantasy
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Verdi: La Traviata: Sempre libera
Verdi: Nabucco: Va Pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras #5: Aria
Vivaldi: Four Seasons: Autumn
Vivaldi: Four Seasons: Spring
Vivaldi: Four Seasons: Summer
Vivaldi: Four Seasons: Winter
Vivaldi: Guitar Concerto in D
Wagner: Die Meistersinger: Prelude
Wagner: Die Valkure: Ride of the Valkyries
Wagner: Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Wagner: Rienzi Overture
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Wagner: Tannhauser Overture
Wagner: Tannhauser: Festmarsch
Walker: Lyric for Strings
Wililams: Schindler’s List
Williams: E.T.
Williams: Harry Potter
Williams: Jurassic Park
Williams: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Williams: Star Wars
Williams: Superman
Yanover: Suddenly I Felt Joy
Zipoli: Elevazione

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Voting begins 12:00 AM PDT on August 18, 2020 and ends 11:59 PM PDT September 17, 2020. You may vote for up to three different pieces, up to once per day. All subsequent votes must include different selections; you may not vote for the same selection more than once. We will do our best to interpret each entry, however, if we are unable to determine the selection, we will be unable to include the submission. All submissions are collected to help create the Classical California Ultimate Playlist. Classical KUSC maintains editorial control over the final playlist. Entries and comments may be used for promotional purposes.