Co-founder of the Velvet Underground, John Cale is legendary for his avant-garde pop-music aesthetic. In this West Coast premiere, Cale performs his seminal 1973 album Paris 1919 in its entirety with his band and a backing orchestra. Originally recorded with the UCLA orchestra and dubbed “a masterpiece” by Rolling Stone, the magazine calls the record “one of the most ambitious albums ever released under the name of pop.” With evocative melodies, sweeping orchestration and poetic lyricism, Paris 1919 effortlessly blends rock, soul and classical music. The second set will feature Cale’s more modern side — whether that’s debuting new material or deconstructing a classic, it’s sure to be an unforgettable evening. UCLA Live at Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood. Thurs., Sept. 30, 8 p.m. $38-68 ($15 for UCLA students) (310) 825-2101, www.uclalive.org.