One of L.A.'s most eagerly awaited summer treats is the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates. IPalpiti means "heartbeat" in Italian, and these amazing, award-winning young soloists from around the world have been described as sharing one heart and soul. The "Musical Peace Corps," as it's known, is not only an orchestra but a collection of virtuosi, all of whom get their chance to shine in a series of concerts around the city through July 27. One highlight is a solo recital by Romanian violin sensation Alexandru Tomescu, titled "Paganini: Devil or Angel?" Nicolo Paganini was not only the violin sensation of his day but also a revolutionary composer who gave the violin a whole new scope and substance. A technical genius and an incorrigible show-off, Paganini took violin technique into an unheard-of realm of wizardry, and his works are still among the most fiendishly difficult in the repertoire. Tomescu has made Paganini his passion, devoting himself for the last several years to "The Paganini Project," in which he's performed all 24 of the composer's famed Caprices
. At this week's concert, Tomescu will perform and discuss a selection of the Caprices
, so get ready for fireworks. Leo Frankel Concert Hall, private home, Beverly Hills (address given with ticket purchase); Mon., July 22, 8 p.m.; $50. (310) 205-0511, ipalpiti.org.
Mon., July 22, 8 p.m., 2013