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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...)

Jazz Artists Dianne Reeves and Gregory Porter Head to Segerstrom Center, 1/16Jazz Artists Dianne Reeves and Gregory Porter Head to Segerstrom Center, 1/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2014

Two superb jazz singers will share the stage at Segerstrom Center as four-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves and rising vocalist and Grammy winner Gregory Porter perform on January 16 in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents A SHERLOCK HOLMES HALLOWEEN, 10/25The Pacific Symphony Presents A SHERLOCK HOLMES HALLOWEEN, 10/25
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

Fewer boo!(s), more clues this Halloween! With the help of everyone's favorite detective, Pacific Symphony invites children and families to help solve the mystery of a haunted violin during this morning of music, laughter and clue-finding fun—“A Sherlock Holmes Halloween.” This first concert of the 2014-15 Family Musical Mornings series presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank is a campy, comedic turn from the traditional Halloween fare, and is appropriate for all ages, especially those ages 5-11. While leading the orchestra in Saint-Saëns' spooky “Danse Macabre,” Assistant Conductor Alejandro Gutiérrez hears a mysterious violin haunting the concert hall. To find out who is behind this shadow sound (played by brilliant young artist Francisco Fullana, who recently won the Johannes Brahms International Violin Competition), he asks for assistance from his “good friends,” Sherlock Holmes (played by Rich Wordes) and Watson (played by Stephanie Draude), to get to the bottom of the case. (more...)

Celtic Woman to Return to Segerstrom Center in HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - THE SYMPHONY TOUR, 12/15Celtic Woman to Return to Segerstrom Center in HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - THE SYMPHONY TOUR, 12/15
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

Irish music sensation Celtic Woman is returning to North America and will celebrate the holidays at Segerstrom Center for the Arts with Home for Christmas - The Symphony Tour on Monday, December 15 in Segerstrom Hall. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Welcomes Kyle Mendiguchia and Ted Sugata to the OrchestraThe Pacific Symphony Welcomes Kyle Mendiguchia and Ted Sugata to the Orchestra
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2014

Pacific Symphony proudly welcomes two new, accomplished musicians to the orchestra: Kyle Mendiguchia, bass trombone, and Ted Sugata, second oboe. Both made their official debut as members of the Symphony last weekend, performing on the first concert of the 2014-15 season featuring Joshua Bell in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Celebrated Music Director Carl St.Clair's 25th AnniversaryThe Pacific Symphony Celebrated Music Director Carl St.Clair's 25th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

More than 300 guests dressed in elegant cocktail attire gathered at The Westin South Coast Plaza for Pacific Symphony's Opening Night party on Thursday, Sept. 25, eager to celebrate Music Director Carl St.Clair's milestone 25th anniversary with the orchestra. A festive poolside cocktail reception and gourmet dinner in the Terrace Pavilion featured a bounty of surprises for St.Clair, including performances by Pacific Symphony musicians, the John Alexander Singers and music by the maestro's mentor, Leonard Bernstein. Hosted by the Symphony's Board of Directors, the special event continued through the opening concert of the 2014-15 Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical series, featuring classical superstar Joshua Bell, and included a reception on the Box Circle level of the hall during intermission and a post-concert party back at The Westin. The evening—presented by South Coast Plaza—raised more than $150,000 to support the Symphony's artistic and education programs. Additional sponsors included platinum sponsors Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin Newport Beach and artist sponsors Ellie and Mike Gordon. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents CATHEDRALS OF SOUND, 10/23-25The Pacific Symphony Presents CATHEDRALS OF SOUND, 10/23-25
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

—“Cathedrals of Sound,” the first Music Unwound concert of Pacific Symphony's season, offers an evening of inspiration, awe and ambience, bathed in waves of sound and reminiscent of the unique spiritual journey taken in 2010, when world-renowned organist Paul Jacobs and the remarkable Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael's Abbey made their first appearance together with the orchestra. In 2014, the Fathers return to fill the hall with their splendid, sonorous and worshipful voices, and Jacobs performs on the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ for this all-new program. The concert opens with a rarely performed and powerful work of the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, his “Church Windows.” Inspired by stained glass artistry, it is a work that Pacific Symphony recorded in 1983 with founding music director, Keith Clark. Plus, the rich voices of the Fathers perform the Gregorian chants that inspired Maurice Duruflé—whose transcendent “Requiem” concludes the program and features vocalists mezzo-soprano Elise Quagliata, baritone William Berger and Pacific Chorale (Artistic Director John Alexander). (more...)

Mikhailovsky Ballet to Make West Coast Debut with THE FLAMES OF PARIS at Segerstrom, 11/28-30Mikhailovsky Ballet to Make West Coast Debut with THE FLAMES OF PARIS at Segerstrom, 11/28-30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

Joining the illustrious list of renowned ballet companies presented by Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Mikhailovsky Ballet from St. Petersburg, Russia will make its West Coast debut opening the Center's 2014 - 2015 International Dance Series performing The Flames of Paris, a work rarely seen in a full production. The Mikhailovsky will dance four performances November 28 - 30, 2014 in Segerstrom Hall. (more...)

FIESTA NAVIDAD to Return to the Segerstrom Center, 12/23FIESTA NAVIDAD to Return to the Segerstrom Center, 12/23
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes back the world renowned, Grammy- winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano for a celebratory evening of Mexican and American holiday songs, inspired choreography performed by Folklor Pasio?n Mexicana as well as audience sing-alongs in Fiesta Navidad on December 23 in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. (more...)

Judy Collins to Make Segerstrom Center Debut, 12/6Judy Collins to Make Segerstrom Center Debut, 12/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Grammy Award-winning artist Judy Collins makes her Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut in her Holidays and Hits concert on December 6 in the Rene?e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. It will be an evening of beloved holiday songs and music from her five-decade career that has produced such legendary interpretations as 'Both Sides Now,' 'Send in the Clowns' and 'Amazing Grace.' The New York Times states, 'Watching Ms. Collins perform ... is like studying a jewel that reveals new facets as it is slowly turned into the light.' Joining her will be the Passenger String Quartet. (more...)

Visible Fictions to Bring THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD to the Segerstrom, 11/8-9Visible Fictions to Bring THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD to the Segerstrom, 11/8-9
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Bringing in a new and surprising take on the legend of Robin Hood, Visible Fictions makes a stop at Segerstrom Center for the Arts with a production The Scotsman newspaper calls, "A timely contemporary twist on the story." Created by the company that brought the hit show Jason and the Argonauts to stages all over the world, The Adventures of Robin Hood breathes life into the outlaw we all know so well. Co-Commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Robin Hood comes to Samueli Theater on November 8 & 9 for three performances only. (more...)

Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant to Make Segerstrom Center Debut, 11/14-15Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant to Make Segerstrom Center Debut, 11/14-15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

Segerstrom Center welcomes emerging vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant in four powerful performances on November 14 & 15 in Samueli Theater and will be accompanied by virtuoso pianist/composer Aaron Diehl. (more...)

THE GRINCH Musical to Steal Christmas in Orange County at the Segerstrom Center, 12/10-14THE GRINCH Musical to Steal Christmas in Orange County at the Segerstrom Center, 12/10-14
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is proud to present the Orange County premiere of DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL December 10 - 14, 2014. This classic holiday musical will enchant adults and children alike. (more...)

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan to Make Segerstrom Center Debut, 11/29Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan to Make Segerstrom Center Debut, 11/29
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2014

The universally renowned and acclaimed Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan will perform for one night only on Saturday, November 29 at 8 p.m. at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, located at 615 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Internationally acclaimed as 'the best mariachi in the world,' the group comes to the Center for a rare Orange County appearance. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Orchestra to Mark 25th Anniversary with Violinist Joshua Bell & More, 9/25Pacific Symphony Orchestra to Mark 25th Anniversary with Violinist Joshua Bell & More, 9/25
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

Orange County, Calif.—Aug. 28, 2014—Pacific Symphony launches Music Director Carl St.Clair's landmark 25th-anniversary “season of giants” with classical music superstar, violinist Joshua Bell, plus two orchestral showpieces, a West Coast premiere and festivities fit for the grand occasion. Bell returns for his fifth performance with the Symphony (he last performed with the Symphony in May 2010) to celebrate the maestro and captivate audiences with the exciting, breakneck theme and stunning Romanticism of Alexander Glazunov's Violin Concerto. Interview Magazine may have summed up the remarkable violinist's playing best by saying, Bell “does nothing less than tell human beings why they bother to live.” The violinist's artistry is exemplified in his new music directorship of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, his release of 40 CDs since the age of 18, multiple television appearances and countless accolades. (more...)

Lainie Kazan, Patricia Ward Kelly, Eric Marchese and More Set for Segerstrom Center's 2014-15 Celebrity SeriesLainie Kazan, Patricia Ward Kelly, Eric Marchese and More Set for Segerstrom Center's 2014-15 Celebrity Series
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

The Crescendo Chapter of The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced its popular 2014 - 2015 Celebrity Series that presents fascinating and informative lectures by notable personalities from the arts, entertainment, education, sports and literature. (more...)

Hagen Quartet to Make Segerstrom Center Debut, 10/28Hagen Quartet to Make Segerstrom Center Debut, 10/28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Following the highly successful and internationally celebrated milestone of its 30th anniversary, the critically acclaimed Hagen Quartet makes its Segerstrom Center debut on Tuesday, October 28 at 8 p.m. in Samueli Theater. (more...)

Segerstrom Center to Present AN EVENING WITH SHIRLEY MACLAINE, 9/20Segerstrom Center to Present AN EVENING WITH SHIRLEY MACLAINE, 9/20
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Academy Award winner, singer, dancer, writer and activist Shirley MacLaine makes her Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut in her remarkable one-woman show, sharing personal stories, photos and film clips from her illustrious Hollywood career and fascinating personal life on Saturday, September 20 at 8 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. (more...)

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