Off Center Festival and More Set for Segerstrom Center, Jan 2014

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced its upcoming shows for January 2014. Details below!

Off Center Festival
January 23 - February 2, 2014 | Various times. Various venues. Free - $25.

The Center presents its third annual Off Center Festival, a dizzying mix of contemporary theater, music and performance art that takes place throughout the campus. Every company and performer will be making their Center debuts. The festival redefines the Center experience with an atmosphere that animates the Center with an eclectic and energetic array of the finest in contemporary performance.

Pacific Symphony presents:

Nadja Plays Mendelssohn
January 9 - 11, 2014 | Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m. Rene?e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. $25 - $185.

Described as an artist who "will make you hang breathlessly on every note," violinist and conductor Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg stands out for her passionate and powerful sound, her risk-taking musical persona and her energetic presence. She's electrifying! The program includes Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, Bizet/Scedrin's Carmen Suite and Zwilich's Prologue and Variations.

Concert Preview at 7 p.m. with host Alan Chapman.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Chamber Music:

Emerson String Quartet
January 10, 2014 | Friday at 8 p.m. Samueli Theater. $29 - $69.

After 16 remarkable concerts in the Center's Chamber Music Series, audiences enjoy a significant relationship with the Emerson String Quartet. This season begins a new chapter in the ensemble's rewarding artistic partnership. For the first time in its history, the Emerson welcomes a new artist to its ranks as cellist Paul Watkins joins the ensemble. For this milestone engagement, Eugene Drucker, violin; Philip Setzer, violin; Lawrence Dutton, viola; and Paul Watkins, cello; will perform a special program, featuring Beethoven's "Razumovsky" Quartets, Op. 59 No. 1 - 3.

Pacific Symphony presents:

Magic Potion

January 11, 2014 | Saturday at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Rene?e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. $19 - $39.

Talented singers join Pacific Symphony to bring to life a special 45 minute opera for kids, inspired by Donizetti's comic gem Elixir of Love. Dr. Dulcamara's potent potion has the power to enchant. Or does it? Find out during this rollicking adventure filled with sparkling music and zany characters!

The symphony's Family Musical Mornings are fun and fascinating 45 minute concerts that enhance a child's love for music. Guests are also invited to join the Musical Carnival for free hands-on activities for children. Meet Symphony musicians; sing, dance, play and color; try musical instruments and enjoy thematic activities related to the concert. (9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concert and 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concert.)

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Broadway:

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

January 14 - 19, 2014 | Tuesday - Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Segerstrom Hall. $29 - $119.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the smash-hit Broadway musical, is returning to Segerstrom Center! Based on the Academy® Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of more than 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney's Beauty and the Beast!

Family Explorer Series subscribers have a unique and special opportunity to enjoy Disney's Beauty and the Beast by adding a January 18 or 19 performance to their subscription package.

Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents:

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
January 22, 2014 | Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Rene?e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. $35 - $250.

One of the world's preeminent classical artists, Grammy Award-winning conductor and violinist Pinchas Zukerman has remained a phenomenon in the classical music world for more than four decades. Zukerman returns leading the London-basEd Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, an ensemble widely regarded for its exceptional quality and versatility. The evening performance highlights a Romantic program with Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, Bach's Violin Concerto in E major, and Schoenberg's Verkla?rte Nacht.

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