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Segerstrom Center to Present American Ballet Theatre's THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, 3/3-8Segerstrom Center to Present American Ballet Theatre's THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, 3/3-8
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

American Ballet Theatre returns to Segerstrom Center premiering an all-new production of the classic ballet The Sleeping Beauty as choreographed by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. ABT's return to Orange County from March 3 - 8 marks the company's 23rd visit to the Center. Pacific Symphony will perform the beloved score by Tchaikovsky. (more...)

Gustafer Yellowgold's Show to Arrive at the Segerstrom, 2/21-22Gustafer Yellowgold's Show to Arrive at the Segerstrom, 2/21-22
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

The sun will be shining extra bright as Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Gustafer Yellowgold's Show, part pop rock concert and part animated picture book, February 21 & 22 in Samueli Theater as part of the Family Series. (more...)

Segerstrom Center to Welcome Kurt Elling in ELLING SWINGS SINATRA, 2/27-28Segerstrom Center to Welcome Kurt Elling in ELLING SWINGS SINATRA, 2/27-28
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

One remarkable vocalist honors another when Grammy Award winner Kurt Elling pays homage to Frank Sinatra in Elling Swings Sinatra February 27 & 28 in Samueli Theater. (more...)

Kyle Taylor Parker and Steven Booth Lead KINKY BOOTS at Segerstrom Center, 12/30-1/11Kyle Taylor Parker and Steven Booth Lead KINKY BOOTS at Segerstrom Center, 12/30-1/11
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

KINKY BOOTS, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (book) and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for KINKY BOOTS) opens at Segerstrom Center for the Arts December 30, 2014 - January 11, 2015. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents CHRISTMAS WITH SANDI PATTY, 12/18-20The Pacific Symphony Presents CHRISTMAS WITH SANDI PATTY, 12/18-20
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2014

With her angelic voice and heart-warming spirit, Sandi Patty, one of the most highly acclaimed performers of recent times, delivers an uplifting and joyous Christmas concert, complete with the lush, holiday sounds of Pacific Symphony. Praised for her expressive vocal range and flexibility, Patty is often known simply as “The Voice.” She holds five Grammy awards, five gold records, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records and has sold 11 million units. This December, Patty teams up with the Symphony and Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman to celebrate the season and share songs from her newest album, “Christmas Blessings.” This record includes Christmas favorites, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Joy to the World,” “Winter Wonderland” and many more. Rejoice in the festivities with the entire family at this wholesome holiday concert, which includes a delightful sing-along. Also, joining Pacific Symphony to narrate “The Night Before Christmas” is well-known actor Jamie Farr, known for his role as Klinger in the television series M*A*S*H. (more...)

Pacific Symphony to Perform HANDEL'S MESSIAH, 12/14Pacific Symphony to Perform HANDEL'S MESSIAH, 12/14
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2014

Orange County, Calif.—Nov. 21, 2014—Rejoice in the inspired melodies and theatrical mastery of “Handel's Glorious Messiah” when Pacific Symphony performs the Baroque masterpiece as a festive prelude to Christmas and the celebration of Christ's birth. A holiday tradition across the world, “Messiah” has been performed for more than 250 years, but with each new conductor, orchestra and soloists, it becomes a fresh and newly invigorating experience. Austrian conductor Christoph Campestrini leads the Symphony along with Pacific Chorale and a host of globally distinguished soloists including soprano Katherine Whyte, mezzo-soprano Claire Shackleton, tenor Steven Tharp and baritone Richard Zeller. Full of exciting choral writing, thundering timpani and blazing trumpets, “Messiah” energizes its audience and leaves them singing, “Hallelujah!” Handel's popular oratorio takes place at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25-$99. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org. (more...)

American Ballet Theatre & Segerstrom Center for the Arts Form New Dance SchoolAmerican Ballet Theatre & Segerstrom Center for the Arts Form New Dance School
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

Expanding their 27-year relationship, Segerstrom Center for the Arts and American Ballet Theatre announce the creation of the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School on the Segerstrom Center campus in Costa Mesa, CA. The combined resources of American Ballet Theatre, America's National Ballet Company® and Segerstrom Center, one of the world's leading presenters of dance, will offer unrivaled opportunities for training and nurturing future generations of dancers and dance audiences as well as furthering the development and evolution of dance. The school carries the name of Orange County philanthropist William J. Gillespie, who has been a board member of ABT since 1999 and an enthusiastic and generous donor to the Center for much of the institution's history. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony and Festival Ballet Theatre Present NUTCRACKER FOR KIDS, 12/13The Pacific Symphony and Festival Ballet Theatre Present NUTCRACKER FOR KIDS, 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2014

Pacific Symphony and Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT) entice audiences of all ages with the sweet melodies, magical celebration and excitement of one of Tchaikovsky's most famous ballets during the holiday concert, "Nutcracker for Kids," part of Family Musical Mornings presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank. Led by Assistant Conductor Alejandro Gutierrez, the orchestra shares the stage with the enchanted ballerinas from FBT, led by Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla, who bring this beloved Christmas tale of the prince and Clara to life. The classic battle between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker has children on the edge of their seats as Tchaikovsky's memorable music, performed live, fills the air with wonder. Then the dancers twirl and glide across the stage to the renowned "Waltz of the Flowers" and the enchanting "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." Created especially for children ages 5-11, this 45-minute version of the ballet is adapted by Bree Burgess Rosen, and features narrator Charlotte Rubino, age 11, making it perfect for the whole family to enjoy. (more...)

John Lloyd Young to Make Segerstrom Center Debut in FebruaryJohn Lloyd Young to Make Segerstrom Center Debut in February
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2014

Segerstrom Center's Cabaret Series continues February 12 - 14 with Tony Award- winning actor and singer John Lloyd Young performing in three concerts at Samueli Theater titled, John Lloyd Young - My Turn. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents BEETHOVEN & RACHMANINOFF, 12/11-13The Pacific Symphony Presents BEETHOVEN & RACHMANINOFF, 12/11-13
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Savor two giant works of the repertoire for Pacific Symphony's first concert in December, beginning with Beethoven's masterful and rhythmic Seventh Symphony, which the composer himself called “one of my best works.” Then, the program turns to perhaps the world's most lyrical, popular and critically admired piano concerto—Rachmaninoff's Second—performed by keyboard wonder and longtime Symphony friend, Alain Lefèvre. The concert, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, opens with a world premiere by the Symphony's Composer-in-Residence Narong Prangcharoen, who offers a musical tribute to the maestro with his piece, “Illuminating Journey,” which honors St.Clair's 25th anniversary with the orchestra, as well as his commitment to new music. (more...)

DIANA VISHNEVA: On the Edge Set for London Coliseum in April 2015DIANA VISHNEVA: On the Edge Set for London Coliseum in April 2015
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2014

Ardani Artists will present the UK premiere of Diana Vishneva: On the Edge at the London Coliseum for just three performances, 14th 16th and 18th April 2015. A star of the Mariinsky Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, the programme celebrates her extraordinary technique and artistic versatility. (more...)

Segerstrom Center to Welcome Aziz Ansari Later This MonthSegerstrom Center to Welcome Aziz Ansari Later This Month
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

Fans of live stand-up comedy will have added reason to give thanks as popular actor and comedian Aziz Ansari comes to Segerstrom Center with two hilarious shows on the eve of Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 26 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. (more...)

Tango Buenos Aires to Perform SONG OF EVA PERON at Segerstrom Center, 1/17-18Tango Buenos Aires to Perform SONG OF EVA PERON at Segerstrom Center, 1/17-18
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

Tango Buenos Aires, the internationally acclaimed and most uncompromisingly authentic Tango company in the world, will make its third appearance at Segerstrom Center for the Arts dancing four performances of Song of Eva Peron January 17 & 18, 2015 in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Song of Eva Peron journeys through the sensational life of Argentina's formidable First Lady with powerful and seductive music and dance. (more...)

Segerstrom Center's Chamber Music Series Presents the Szymanowski Quartet, 1/31Segerstrom Center's Chamber Music Series Presents the Szymanowski Quartet, 1/31
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

Segerstrom Center's Chamber Music Series continues on Saturday, January 31, 2015 with the acclaimed Szymanowski Quartet. For its third appearance, the Warsaw-based ensemble will perform traditional, popular and rare works by Polish composers Marcin Leopolita, Wac?aw of Szamotu?y, Krzysztof Penderecki and Graz?yna Bacewicz. Pianist Joseph Kalichstein makes his Center debut performing Chopin's Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 and Dvor?a?k's Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 8. There will be a free Preview Talk by musicologist and author Herbert Glass at 7:15 p.m. in Samueli Theater. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble Presents EXCLAMATIONS!, 11/16The Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble Presents EXCLAMATIONS!, 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE) opens its 2014-15 season with a new music director, Gregory X. Whitmore, who leads the ensemble in a lively display of youthful musicality and captivating wind repertoire. Titled “Exclamations!” the fall concert features two works by one of the 20th century's most prolific composers of music for concert band, Alfred Reed. His majestic “Alleluia! Laudamus Te!” opens the program, while the authentic folk melodies of “Armenian Dances” serve as the finale. In between, Scandinavian composer Johan Halvorsen's “Entry March of the Boyars”—a stately yet lively piece, tinged with exoticism and full of rhythmic excitement—is followed by Eric Whitacre's beautiful poem-based composition “Lux Aurumque,” originally written for a virtual choir. PSYWE's concert takes place on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. (more...)

Pacific Chorale Opening Night Set for this SundayPacific Chorale Opening Night Set for this Sunday
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2014

Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, is 'mixing it up' in their opening night concert, with selections ranging from lyric - to triumphant - to tragic. The choir will perform with members of Pacific Symphony's brass ensemble and organist Jung-A Lee; Maestro John Alexander, conducting. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra Begins its 2014-15 Cheng Family Foundation Series with a FALL CONCERT, 11/16Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra Begins its 2014-15 Cheng Family Foundation Series with a FALL CONCERT, 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2014

The exceptionally talented Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) begins its 2014-15 Cheng Family Foundation Youth Orchestra concert series with a “Fall Concert,” featuring beautiful and challenging music by Leonard Bernstein, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Ottorino Respighi. Led by Assistant Conductor Alejandro Gutiérrez, the awe-inspiring young musicians open the concert with the grand and cheerful music of Bernstein's Overture to “Candide.” Then, “Swan Lake Suite” (selections) shines, showcasing Tchaikovsky's gift for melody. To conclude, brass musicians from the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE) join in to play Respighi's “Pines of Rome,” an Italian tone poem that achieved success at a time when opera dominated the music scene. (more...)

Segerstrom Center to Welcome Guitarist and Singer George Benson This SpringSegerstrom Center to Welcome Guitarist and Singer George Benson This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

Ten-time Grammy Award-winning artist and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master George Benson returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for one night only on Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents MICHAEL ANDREW SINGS SINATRA, 11/6-8The Pacific Symphony Presents MICHAEL ANDREW SINGS SINATRA, 11/6-8
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2014

Standards made wildly popular by the great male nightclub singers of the 1950s—Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darin and others—electrify the concert hall for the opening of Pacific Symphony's 2014-15 Pops Season. This high-energy show features award-winning vocalist Michael Andrew, who was praised on Larry King Live, “as one of the great singers of all time.” Andrew headlined the world-famous Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center for two years as its main singer and bandleader. He was also the band leader and singer for Merv Griffin's “Coconut Club” at The Beverly Hilton before creating his hit musical comedy, “Mickey Swingerhead and The Earthgirls” and the 18-piece Atomic Big Band featured in the film “Poseidon.” Now taking orchestras by storm in cities across America, Andrew joins the Symphony, led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, to recall the “good old days” when music was swinging, jazzy and always came with a Big Band. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents MOZART & BRAHMS, 11/13-15The Pacific Symphony Presents MOZART & BRAHMS, 11/13-15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

From turbulent, agitated and ominous to lyrical and tender—it's a passionate journey the audience won't soon forget when Pacific Symphony and guest pianist Haochen Zhang deliver Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in all its glory. Following Zhang's BBC Proms debut, The Telegraph (United Kingdom) called the international piano sensation “one of those hot young Chinese virtuosi everyone's talking about.” Led by Bulgarian-born guest conductor Rossen Milanov, the orchestra then performs a work by Brahms, as the composer steps out of Beethoven's shadow with his rich, ingenious Second Symphony. The cheery and almost pastoral mood of the piece often invites comparisons with Beethoven's Sixth Symphony. Rounding out the versatile program is Thomas Adès' “Three Studies from Couperin,” of which The Jerusalem Post wrote: “Such a combination of enchanting, sensitive lyricism and hypnotizing forcefulness is a phenomenon encountered very rarely.” (more...)

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