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Segerstrom Center to Welcome Eifman Ballet in UP AND DOWN West Coast Premiere, 6/5-7Segerstrom Center to Welcome Eifman Ballet in UP AND DOWN West Coast Premiere, 6/5-7
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents the West Coast Premiere of Up and Down, the newest work by the renowned Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg. Performances are June 5 - 7, 2015 in Segerstrom Hall. (more...)

Paul Anka to Perform Concert with Pacific Symphony Orchestra, 4/9Paul Anka to Perform Concert with Pacific Symphony Orchestra, 4/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—March 18, 2015—Bursting onto the music scene at age 15 with his hit song “Diana,” Paul Anka took his teenage stardom and turned it into a seven-decade career, penning over 500 songs for the great singers of the day and remaining a consummate entertainer for years to come. Backed by the lush sounds of a full orchestra, Anka brings his talents to Pacific Symphony Pops for a high-energy concert filled with songs that have transcended generations. These include such hits as “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” “You Are My Destiny,” “Puppy Love,” “Lonely Boy” and the illustrious “My Way,” which became Frank Sinatra's signature song, and is the title of Anka's autobiography. The ultimate showman, Anka has achieved unprecedented success on the stage, screen and television. His songs have been performed more than 90 million times, and he's released more than 120 albums. His talent for songwriting has been delivered through the voices of Sammy Davis Jr., Buddy Holly, Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Tom Jones, and even Michael Jackson through the posthumous release of “This Is It” in 2009. (more...)

Paul Anka Performs with the Pacific Symphony Pops, 4/9-11Paul Anka Performs with the Pacific Symphony Pops, 4/9-11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Backed by the lush sounds of a full orchestra, Anka brings his talents to Pacific Symphony Pops for a high-energy concert filled with songs that have transcended generations. These include such hits as "Put Your Head on My Shoulder," "You Are My Destiny," "Puppy Love," "Lonely Boy" and the illustrious "My Way," which became Frank Sinatra's signature song, and is the title of Anka's autobiography. (more...)

The New York Times 'Look West' Series Comes to Segerstrom Center, 4/1The New York Times 'Look West' Series Comes to Segerstrom Center, 4/1
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Look West is a new event series that brings game-changing innovators in the arts, media and technology on stage for engaging discussions with The New York Times journalists before live, local audiences in states throughout the Western U.S. The New York Times' Look West series is presented by Bank of the West. (more...)

Emerson String Quartet, Lea Salonga, Ramsey Lewis and More Set for Segerstrom Center for the Arts' 2015-16 Music LineupEmerson String Quartet, Lea Salonga, Ramsey Lewis and More Set for Segerstrom Center for the Arts' 2015-16 Music Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

Since its very first season, music has been a central component of Segerstrom Center for the Arts' annual series. To help celebrate its 30th season, Segerstrom Center is pleased to announce the lineups for its three core music offerings, along with a few new twists. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony and the Laguna Art Museum Host MUSIC MEETS ART, 3/26The Pacific Symphony and the Laguna Art Museum Host MUSIC MEETS ART, 3/26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

'Music Meets Art' at Laguna Art Museum when Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St.Clair joins the museum's Executive Director Malcolm Warner in a stimulating conversation about art and music on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m., with a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event also includes a musical performance by Pacific Symphony musicians, led by violist Cheryl Gates. This concert is part of a series of free and low-cost concerts called, 'Freshly Squeezed Music: Pacific Symphony in Your Orange County Neighborhood,' created in celebration of St.Clair's 25th anniversary leading the Symphony and championing access to quality music in the community. Tickets for 'Music Meets Art' are included with admission to the museum ($7, $5 for students). Reserve tickets at www.lagunaartmuseum.org. See calendar below for remaining Freshly Squeezed Music concerts. (more...)

42ND STREET, CINDERELLA, NEWSIES, SOUND OF MUSIC, CABARET and More Set for Segerstrom Center's 2015-16 Season42ND STREET, CINDERELLA, NEWSIES, SOUND OF MUSIC, CABARET and More Set for Segerstrom Center's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is rolling out plans for its 30th Season, beginning with the 2015 - 2016 Broadway line-up. It will be a year of extraordinary artists, blockbuster shows and world renowned companies: great dance and Broadway hits, jazz, cabaret and classical music, family entertainment plus many special guests and events. (more...)

Pacific Symphony and Chapman University to Explore 'Shakespeare Reimagined', Thru 4/19Pacific Symphony and Chapman University to Explore 'Shakespeare Reimagined', Thru 4/19
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—March 6, 2015—The world's most brilliant playwright—William Shakespeare—is reimagined in unexpected ways when Pacific Symphony partners with Chapman University to present “Shakespeare Reimagined,” a festival that explores how The Bard's plays have inspired not only other playwrights and directors, but also composers, choreographers and filmmakers. The festival, which runs through April 19, began last month with “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” at Chapman University, and continues on March 13 with a semi-staged version of Mendelssohn's “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” performed by The Chapman Orchestra, Women's Choir and Department of Theatre students. The festival culminates April 16-19 with four Pacific Symphony concerts featuring Prokofiev's “Romeo and Juliet.” The ballet is presented with actors and dancers who help reinstate the composer's original happy ending, which was banned by Joseph Stalin. For a complete listing of events, which include classical concerts, discussions, film screenings, dance, lectures, theater, master classes and a symposium on interpreting Shakespeare, please see the calendar below, or visit http://www.chapman.edu/events/shakespeare-reimagined/event-calendar.aspx. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles Are Holding AuditionsThe Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles Are Holding Auditions
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2015

Registration to audition for PSYE's 2015-16 season is now open. The 2014 season saw 430 musicians audition, of which 227 were accepted, representing 72 schools program wide. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents THE CHIEFTAINS, 3/19-21The Pacific Symphony Presents THE CHIEFTAINS, 3/19-21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

Highly regarded for popularizing traditional Irish folk music across the world, “The Chieftains” bring their bagpipes, banjos and exciting musicality to Pacific Symphony Pops for an extension of this year's St. Patrick's Day celebrations! Co-founder Paddy Moloney and his band have won six Grammy Awards, released 58 albums and performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Great Wall of China. By collaborating with contemporary musicians across multiple genres—Pavarotti, Van Morrison, Ziggy Marley and Elvis Costello, to name a few—The Chieftains have enjoyed more than 50 years at the top of the modern music charts. Their international fame stems from their ability to transcend musical boundaries to blend tradition with modern music. The music on their new album, “Voice of Ages,” remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Presents Superheroes Family ConcertPacific Symphony Presents Superheroes Family Concert
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

Pacific Symphony suits up for an action-packed musical adventure of crime-fighting fun as Family Musical Mornings continues with “Superheroes!” By harnessing the power of music, Captain Symphony (Daniel Emmett) and his family of superheroes, The Winged Woodwind (Diane Manaster) and Super String (Stephanie Draude), defeat the malevolent Percussionator (Ron Banks), who is trying to tear apart the orchestra! (more...)

Pacific Symphony to Offer World Premiere Violin Concerto Performance, 3/12Pacific Symphony to Offer World Premiere Violin Concerto Performance, 3/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—Feb. 25, 2015—An evening of profound emotion and beautiful introspection takes place when Pacific Symphony performs “Tchaikovsky's Pathétique,” a concert of deep personal meaning to Music Director Carl St.Clair during his 25th anniversary season. In January 1990, St.Clair auditioned to become the Symphony's maestro, and it was Tchaikovsky's eloquent and impassioned Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique,” that forged a connection between him and the orchestra—making this piece a must for his 25th season. Centering the program is the Symphony-commissioned violin concerto written by eight-time Academy Award-nominated composer James Newton Howard and performed by Grammy Award-winning violinist James Ehnes. Howard structured the second movement around a child's melody and dedicated it to the memory of St.Clair's first son, Cole Carsan St.Clair. The performance is being recorded live for CD release along with Howard's first Symphony-commissioned work, “I Would Plant a Tree” (2009), furthering St.Clair's and the Symphony's endeavor to support the works of living composers. (more...)

Frank Sinatra, Jr. to Bring SINATRA SINGS SINATRA to the Segerstrom Center, 5/2Frank Sinatra, Jr. to Bring SINATRA SINGS SINATRA to the Segerstrom Center, 5/2
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Immortal tunes made famous by 'Ol' Blue Eyes' Frank Sinatra will continue to work their magic on audiences at Segerstrom Center for the Arts during a one-of-a-kind multi-media experience by Frank Sinatra, Jr. on May 2, 2015. Titled Sinatra Sings Sinatra, As I Remember It, Sinatra, Jr. will share first-hand recollections of life on and off stage with his iconic father through stories, photos, videos and songs. Sinatra, Jr. will show excerpts from his father's films, rare family photos and share insights into the world's greatest entertainer that can only come from his son. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents ORGAN RECITAL: HECTOR OLIVERA, 3/8The Pacific Symphony Presents ORGAN RECITAL: HECTOR OLIVERA, 3/8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2015

The spectacular William J. Gillespie Concert Organ meets its match with this year's soloist, Hector Olivera, who returns for his second recital with Pacific Symphony's Pedals and Pipes series. Known for his passionate musicianship and interpretations of both classical and popular music, organ virtuoso Olivera opens the program with his own arrangements of Bach's vigorous Sinfonia from Cantata No. 29, and Piazzolla's somber “Oblivion.” Guilmant's Sonata No. 8 showcases the vast range of the organ and Mozart's Fantasia in F Minor reveals the terrifying power as well as the sublime beauty the organ is capable of producing. In addition, Lefébure-Wély's March in C Major is spirited in French style, and as a finale, Olivera brings his virtuosic improvisation skills to the stage, creating a new piece based on themes suggested by the audience. This recital takes place on Sunday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $10-50; for more information or to purchase tickets call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org. (more...)

Enrollment for Segerstrom Center's Broadway Summer Program Now OpenEnrollment for Segerstrom Center's Broadway Summer Program Now Open
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

Students eager to make their way to Broadway will hone their acting, singing and dancing skills during Segerstrom Center's yearly musical theater camp Six Days of Broadway from June 22 through July 4, 2015. (more...)

Positive Motions Concert Series to Feature The Glendale Trio, 3/28Positive Motions Concert Series to Feature The Glendale Trio, 3/28
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2015

Now celebrating their Fifth Anniversary Season, the Glendale Philharmonic Association and Positive Motions Foundation will present Positive Motions Concert Series, Ruslan Biryukov, Artistic Director in a concert performed by THE GLENDALE TRIO, consisting of Roberto Cani, Violinist and Los Angeles Opera Orchestra Concertmaster, Armen Guzelimian, Pianist and Ruslan Biryukov, Cellist. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles Presents Free Concerts, 3/1The Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles Presents Free Concerts, 3/1
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

Youthful musicality soars as both Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE) and Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) perform a phenomenal range of music for their spring concerts. Both ensembles return to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at their prime after bonding at their annual retreats this past January. The students have prepared a difficult collection of masterworks guaranteed to transfix listeners and show off their hard work. Taking place on Sunday, March 1, the day of music begins at 1 p.m. with the talented wind musicians of PSYWE, led by Music Director Gregory X. Whitmore, performing “OLDE School, New School,” a concert that highlights the variety of wind literature across the centuries. Later at 7 p.m., the students of PSYO, led by Music Director Alejandro Gutiérrez, impress as they delve into the magic and power of superheroes through excerpts from popular film music and works by Dvorák and Rimsky-Korsakov. Thanks to the support of generous sponsors, the concerts are free to attend, but tickets are required. For more information, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents FRESH SQUEEZED MUSICThe Pacific Symphony Presents FRESH SQUEEZED MUSIC
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2015

Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St.Clair has spent 25 years championing music in the community, and it shows in Pacific Symphony's commitment to access, willingness to experiment and openness to sharing the stage. The Symphony celebrates Maestro St.Clair's 25th anniversary at the helm by sending its musicians out into the community to perform chamber and full-orchestra concerts throughout Orange County, with the majority of events taking place between February and June. These free or low-cost concerts are collectively called, “Freshly Squeezed Music: Pacific Symphony in Your Orange County Neighborhood.” Concerts highlight Pacific Symphony's extensive and varied reach into the community, and include new partnerships with local community-based arts organizations, as well as highlight artists and students currently involved in Pacific Symphony's education and community engagement programs. (more...)

Pacific Symphony to Perform CARMEN, 2/19Pacific Symphony to Perform CARMEN, 2/19
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—Jan. 29, 2015—Led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, Pacific Symphony's opera-vocal initiative, “Symphonic Voices,” continues with what is often called the world's most popular opera: “Carmen,” Bizet's riveting tale of love and lust about the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the fiery Gypsy, Carmen. Featuring the composer's exquisite music, presented in a uniquely staged production over three nights, the orchestra is joined by a cast of world-class opera stars directed by Dean Anthony, including mezzo-soprano Milena Kiti? as Carmen and tenor Andrew Richards as Don José, plus Pacific Chorale and Southern California Children's Chorus. (more...)

Pacific Symphony to Premiere New Cinderella Opera, 1/31Pacific Symphony to Premiere New Cinderella Opera, 1/31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—Jan. 20, 2015—Rossini's sparkling and humorous operatic retelling of the timeless rags-to-riches tale “Cinderella” is brought to life by Pacific Symphony as part of Family Musical Mornings, presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank. “Cinderella: Opera for Kids!” is an enchanting romantic comedy filled with toe-tapping tunes, colorful characters and splendid orchestration. As part of the Symphony's opera-vocal initiative—which includes Bizet's “Carmen” in February as part of the Classical series—this 45-minute adaptation of Rossini's “La Cenerentola” is designed to introduce children to the world of opera and the beautiful and powerful instrument of the voice. (more...)

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