TEATRO ZINZANNI, Off Center Festival, Hamburg Ballet's THE LITTLE MERMAID and More Set for Segerstrom Center, Feb 2013
England's treasured BBC Concert Orchestra makes a rare journey across the Atlantic with a repertoire, featuring works by central figures of 20th century British classical music: Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar, ?and George Butterworth. Young cellist Sophie Shao joins the orchestra for Elgar's famous Cello ?Concerto.
The San Francisco Chronicle hails the husband and wife duo of Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley as "Broadway's Golden Couple." For this special Valentine's Day cabaret engagement, the couple takes a look at the many aspects of love through some of the greatest songs ever written. Over the course of the concert, it is clear that theirs is, indeed, a fine romance!
Saxophone superstar Kenny G joins Pacific Symphony for a silky smooth performance for Valentine's ?Day. Through the decades, Kenny G has molded elements of R&B, pop and Latin into his unique style of ?jazz, solidifying his reputation as a premier artist in the contemporary jazz genre.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Broadway/Curtain Call: WICKED
February 20, 2013 - March 17, 2013 | Tuesday - Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Additional 2 p.m. performance on 2/21.
Segerstrom Hall. $44.50-$169.50.
Praised by Entertainment Weekly as "the best musical of the decade," WICKED returns to Segerstrom Center due to popular demand. Every time it has played the Center, it has broken box office records and sold out in unprecedented time. Winner of 35 major awards including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is Broadway's biggest blockbuster: a cultural phenomenon. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for "the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time," says USA Today. The Saturday, February 23rd 2p.m. performance will include audio description, open captioning and sign language interpretation.
Pacific Symphony presents:
February 21, 23 & 26, 2013 | Thursday, Saturday, and Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. $25-$185.
Inspired by Music Director Carl St.Clair's successful career as an opera conductor in Europe, Pacific ?Symphony presents concert opera for a second season. Written by the legend who also wrote La ?Boheme, Tosca offers everything great opera should have: luxurious music, dramatic circumstances, and ?unfortunate yet inevitable tragedy.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is unique as both an acclaimed arts institution and as a multi- disciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages, offering unsurpassed experiences, and engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and a diverse array of inspiring programs.
Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center traces its roots back to the late 1960s when a dedicated group of community leaders decided Orange County should have its own world-class performing arts venue.
As Orange County's largest non-profit arts organization, Segerstrom Center for the Arts owns and operates the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall and intimate 250-seat Founders Hall, which opened in 1986, and the 2,000-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which opened in 2006 and also houses the 500-seat Samueli Theater, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center's studio performance space and Boeing Education Lab. A spacious arts plaza anchors Segerstrom Center for Arts and is home to numerous free performances throughout the year as part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts' ongoing Free for All series.
The Center presents a broad range of programming each season for audiences of all ages from throughout Orange County and beyond, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events. It offers many education programs designed to inspire young people through the arts. These programs reach hundreds of thousands of students of all ages with vital arts-in-education programs, enhancing their studies and enriching their lives well into the future.
In addition to the presenting and producing institution Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the 14-acre campus also embraces the facilities of two independent acclaimed organizations: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region's major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale, who contribute greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Free Public Tours Segerstrom Center offers tours of Southern California's award-winning home for the performing arts and its expanded facilities. The tours take visitors through the three venues, making this a perfect outing for groups or anyone who wants to know more about the performing arts. The tour is conducted by Center Docents. Public tours are conducted Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Private group tours are by reservation only.
For information about individual programs and ticket prices, call: Segerstrom Center for the Arts - (714) 556-2787; Pacific Chorale - (714) 662-2345; The Philharmonic Society of Orange County - (949) 553-2422; Pacific Symphony - (714) 755-5799. All programs, artists and dates are subject to change.
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