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Segerstrom Center to Welcome The National Circus & Acrobats of The People's Republic of China, 9/26Segerstrom Center to Welcome The National Circus & Acrobats of The People's Republic of China, 9/26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

For more than 50 years, The National Circus and Acrobats of The People's Republic of China has been entertaining and mesmerizing generations of audiences around the world with incredible feats. Segerstrom Center welcomes, direct from Beijing, The National Circus and Acrobats of The People's Republic of China in the program 'Peking Dreams' on Saturday, September 26 with two performances at 2 and 8 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. (more...)

The Okee Dokee Brothers to Return to Segerstrom Center, 9/27The Okee Dokee Brothers to Return to Segerstrom Center, 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

Grammy Award and three-time Parents' Choice Award winners, The Okee Dokee Brothers, kick off Segerstrom Center's 2015-2016 Family Discovery Series on September 27 in Samueli Theater with two performances. (more...)

ABT William J. Gillespie School Offers Fall 2015 Classes at Segerstrom CenterABT William J. Gillespie School Offers Fall 2015 Classes at Segerstrom Center
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2015

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced the faculty for its American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School that begins its full 36-week school year on September 14, 2015 and runs through June 11, 2016. The Center has added classes to accommodate the growing enrollment. (more...)

Pacific Symphony to Present Final Concert of the Season, FIRE AND WATER, 6/11Pacific Symphony to Present Final Concert of the Season, FIRE AND WATER, 6/11
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—May 20, 2015—A grand, meaningful and operatic evening of music awaits, as Music Director Carl St.Clair leads Pacific Symphony's final concert of his 25th anniversary season, “Fire and Water,” a program representing the innovative and defining characteristics of the orchestra. Furthering St.Clair's commitment to new music, the evening includes the world premiere of “Siren Songs” by Laura Karpman, accompanied by video and animation by Tempe Hale, who has used footage from Gregory MacGillivray, Academy-Award nominated cinematographer of films such as “The Living Sea” and “Dolphins.” Karpman's piece explores women and the ocean and is based on a set of poems by internationally known poet, Amy Gerstler, who is also a professor at UC Irvine. For the fiery finale, St.Clair leads the orchestra in selections from Wagner's epic “Götterdämmerung,” (“Twilight of the Gods”), featuring Metropolitan Opera superstar, Deborah Voigt, who brings her beautiful and powerful voice to Brünnhilde's famous “Immolation Scene.”  (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents HERB ALPERT & LANI HALL, 6/4-6The Pacific Symphony Presents HERB ALPERT & LANI HALL, 6/4-6
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

Legendary trumpet-and-voice duo Herb Alpert and Lani Hall bring their unique mix of jazz, world and American pop music to Pacific Symphony for the final concert of the 2014-15 Pops Series. Joining musical forces in 2006, each half of this musical power couple brings an impressive résumé to the table. As a solo artist and leader of the Tijuana Brass, Alpert has sold more than 72 million records and placed 28 albums on the Billboard charts, including five at No. 1. His 2014 album, “Steppin' Out,” earned him his ninth Grammy Award, and in 2013, he was honored with the National Medal of Arts. His wife and music partner, Hall, rose to fame in 1966 as the lead singer of Sergio Mendes' group, Brasil '66. The two met and became friends when Brasil '66 was signed to A&M records by its co-founder, Alpert. Hall has the distinction of recording more than 22 albums in three different languages, four alongside her husband, and she earned a Grammy for her album, “Es Facil Amar.” (more...)

Pacific Symphony and Elliot Goldenthal Release SYMPHONY IN G# MINORPacific Symphony and Elliot Goldenthal Release SYMPHONY IN G# MINOR
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Pacific Symphony has reunited with Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal to release the world-premiere recording of his “Symphony in G# Minor” on the Zarathustra Music label Tuesday, May 12. Goldenthal wrote the 22-minute work for Pacific Symphony and Music Director Carl St.Clair as part of the orchestra's 2014 American Composers Festival. This collaboration comes 20 years after the orchestra commissioned Goldenthal to write a piece for the 20th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Entitled “Fire Water Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio,” the hour-long work for orchestra and SATB chorus with soloists and a cello obbligato, was premiered in 1995, with the recording released in 1996 on Sony Classical Records, featuring renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—May 11, 2015—One of America's most versatile and prolific living composers, André Previn, joins Pacific Symphony as the honored guest and focus of the 15th American Composers Festival (ACF). Previn, who has been called one of America's least easily categorized musicians, began his remarkable career as a Hollywood “wunderkind” and a best-selling jazz pianist. Now 86, Previn has received four Academy Awards for his work in film, 10 Grammy Awards for his recordings (plus one more for his Lifetime Achievement), and he is also an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He's held a series of major conducting posts, including the L.A. Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra, but now exclusively composes. The concert is led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, whose great admiration for the legend shaped this year's ACF to reveal the scope of Previn's prowess as a composer.  (more...)

Ina Garten Coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 11/5Ina Garten Coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 11/5
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

Ina Garten, the Emmy Award-winning host of the Barefoot Contessa television show on Food Network and The New York Times best-selling author, comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts on November 5, 2015 in Segerstrom Hall. Garten will bring her natural approach to food; entertaining tips, stories and maybe even some recipes. She will be joined on stage by moderator Tori Ritchie. Garten will deliver a charming insider's view of the hit TV show, now in its 11th season, and the pleasures of good food, cooked with love and passion, engaging the audience with an interactive Q&A. (more...)

South Coast Plaza Presen Exhibition Honoring the Life and Legacy of Henry T. Segerstrom, 5/8South Coast Plaza Presen Exhibition Honoring the Life and Legacy of Henry T. Segerstrom, 5/8
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

'Courage of imagination' was the quality that the great Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi used when he described Henry T. Segerstrom (1923-2015). Noguchi praised Segerstrom for the combination of entrepreneurial drive and daring vision that he applied to everything he did, from establishing South Coast Plaza and building it into an unparalleled international destination for luxury shopping, to transforming his native Orange County, California into a culturally rich cosmopolitan community. (more...)

Stanford Professionals in Real Estate Honor Alumni Fred Allen and Peter BedfordStanford Professionals in Real Estate Honor Alumni Fred Allen and Peter Bedford
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2015

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Pacific Symphony Orchestra Releases Schedule of 2015-2016 Pops SeasonPacific Symphony Orchestra Releases Schedule of 2015-2016 Pops Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—April 28, 2015—A gala season awaits as great stars in entertainment lead the way to celebrate Richard Kaufman's 25-year legacy as principal pops conductor of Pacific Symphony. While last season marked the occasion of Music Director Carl St.Clair's 25th anniversary, 2015-16 puts the spotlight on Kaufman, who has championed the lighter side of the Symphony, bringing countless memorable artists to the stage. What better way to celebrate than with some of the best songs and genres of our time delivered by mega-watt stars and backed by the lush, magnificent sounds of the full symphony orchestra? This special season includes major headliners and the return of Orange County favorites including trumpeter extraordinaire Chris Botti, Broadway diva Bernadette Peters, comedy legend Martin Short and Golden-Age champion Michael Feinstein. The amazing acrobats of Cirque de la Symphonie return for A Cirque Christmas, and Classical Mystery Tour delivers dozens of Beatles hits as they were originally recorded with orchestra. Also, Stewart Copeland, former drummer for The Police, joins the Symphony to perform his score to the 1925 silent film, “Ben Hur.” (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles Present Their Season Finale Concerts, 5/9-10The Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles Present Their Season Finale Concerts, 5/9-10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2015

A festival of awe-inspiring musical performances awaits as the dedicated students of Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles (PSYE) present three season finale performances after an enriching season of musical growth. Bursting with youthful energy and stimulating music, the weekend kicks off at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, with Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings (PSSS), as it invites the audience to experience “How Suite It Is,” an artistic celebration of the orchestral suite and its adaptations over time. On Sunday, May 10 at 1 p.m., Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE) dives into works old and new during “Collaborations,” which includes Bach's Fantasia in G Major, Katoh's “Madrid Inspiration” featuring guest saxophonist Kenneth Tse, and the world premiere of “The Rising Tide” by Pacific Symphony Composer-in-Residence Narong Prangcharoen. At 7 p.m. on May 10, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) shines the spotlight on the four winners of this season's concerto competition and concludes with a musical journey through Soviet Russia by performing Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles to Perform 2015 Finale Concerts Next MonthPacific Symphony Youth Ensembles to Perform 2015 Finale Concerts Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

A festival of awe-inspiring musical performances awaits as the dedicated students of Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles (PSYE) present three season finale performances after an enriching season of musical growth. (more...)

Mariinsky Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Alvin Ailey and Royal Swedish Ballet Set for Segerstrom Center's 2015-16 Dance SeriesMariinsky Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Alvin Ailey and Royal Swedish Ballet Set for Segerstrom Center's 2015-16 Dance Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced its 30th International Dance Series, a season marked with important American, West Coast and Center premieres to be discovered and enjoyed by audiences from throughout Southern California. The distinctive personalities of each company in the Center's 2015 - 2016 International Dance Series come to life, from opulent and classical to daring, bold and contemporary. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents BEETHOVEN'S 'EMPEROR,' 5/7-9The Pacific Symphony Presents BEETHOVEN'S 'EMPEROR,' 5/7-9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

From simple beauty to dazzling grandeur, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” requires extreme virtuosity from its soloist, making it an ideal centerpiece for Pacific Symphony's upcoming concert, “Beethoven's 'Emperor.'” Pianist Barry Douglas, gold medal winner at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, travels from Ireland to tackle this famous concerto under the direction of Grammy-winning guest conductor John Nelson. Nelson, a Costa Rican native, also leads the orchestra in a performance of Schumann's alternately broody and ebullient Symphony No. 2 in C Major, which was premiered in October 1846 under the direction of another well-known composer, Felix Mendelssohn. The Symphony opens the concert with Carl Maria von Weber's imaginative Overture to “Oberon,” an opera of magic and elves. (more...)

Pacific Chorale Sets 2015-16 SeasonPacific Chorale Sets 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA), has announced its 48th season under the banner “Musical Journeys.” Six concerts are offered in a variety of subscription packages, as well as a free community Choral Festival concert this summer. (more...)

Yo-Yo Ma to Perform DVORAK with Pacific Symphony Orchestra, 5/5Yo-Yo Ma to Perform DVORAK with Pacific Symphony Orchestra, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—April 14, 2015—Widely considered the greatest cellist alive today, Yo-Yo Ma makes a special Orange County appearance to honor Music Director Carl St.Clair's 25th anniversary season with Pacific Symphony. One of classical music's true superstars and an ambassador for the art form, Ma performs the passionate and ground-breaking Cello Concerto by Antonin Dvo?ák. Filled with dramatic flair and romantic singing lines, the concerto captures the human quality of the solo instrument like none before it. Led by St.Clair, the Symphony shines with another virtuosic masterpiece as Modest Mussorgsky's “Pictures at an Exhibition” opens the concert. Arranged for orchestra by Maurice Ravel, the original 15-part piano work was written both to create a musical evocation of a series of paintings and to memorialize the artist who painted them, Viktor Hartmann. This special concert takes place on Tuesday, May 5, at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. A limited number of tickets are available starting at $200. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit PacificSymphony.org. (more...)

Yo-Yo Ma to Perform Dvorak with the Pacific Symphony, 5/5Yo-Yo Ma to Perform Dvorak with the Pacific Symphony, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

Widely considered the greatest cellist alive today, Yo-Yo Ma makes a special Orange County appearance to honor Music Director Carl St. Clair's 25th anniversary season with Pacific Symphony. (more...)

ROOM ON THE BROOM, EGG, CINDERELLA and More Set for Segerstrom's 2015-16 Family SeriesROOM ON THE BROOM, EGG, CINDERELLA and More Set for Segerstrom's 2015-16 Family Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

Segerstrom Center for the Arts announces its 2015 - 2016 Family Series with eight shows guaranteed to inspire and delight, performed by talented international artists. (more...)

Pacific Chorale Sets Season Finale ConcertPacific Chorale Sets Season Finale Concert
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

Pacific Chorale, the internationally acclaimed resident choir of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, will be presenting a powerful finale concert on May 17 at 5:30 p.m., featuring works by Verdi, Howells and Poulenc. Uniquely, the concert will feature two conductors: the current Artistic Director, John Alexander, in the second half of the concert – and Pacific Chorale's future Artistic Director, Robert Istad, making his debut on the Rene?e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall stage, in the first half. (more...)

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