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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...)

Pacific Symphony Announces Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series Featuring Midori, Andre Watts, Conrad Tao & More!Pacific Symphony Announces Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series Featuring Midori, Andre Watts, Conrad Tao & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Now enjoying near-record subscription numbers and unparalleled community appreciation during Music Director Carl St.Clair's 25th-anniversary season, Pacific Symphony today announces the 2015-16 Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series—packed with familiar favorites, exciting world premieres and hidden gems. Bookended by popular Beethoven works and featuring superstar guest artists like violinist Midori, and pianists André Watts and Conrad Tao, Maestro St.Clair's season includes repertoire by popular composers including Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, Gershwin, Vivaldi and more. The Symphony's opera and vocal initiative, “Symphonic Voices,” continues with Puccini's “Turandot,” while the critically acclaimed American Composers Festival enters its 15th year with a spotlight on the king of instruments: the organ. (more...)

Blues at the Crossroads 3 Set for Segerstrom Center, 2/7Blues at the Crossroads 3 Set for Segerstrom Center, 2/7
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents the third in a popular series of Blues at the Crossroads concerts on February 7, 2015 with The Soul of the Blues, a musical celebration of songs by Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Booker T. & The M.G.'s, Etta James, Sam & Dave, Bobby Womack, James Brown and others. Performing on the Rene?e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall stage are 'Soul Queen of New Orleans' Irma Thomas, vocalist Lee Fields, up-and-coming star Alecia Chakour and jazz/funk guitarist Eric Krasno, all backed by The Dynamites. (more...)

Pacific Symphony to Honor Leonard Bernstein in Concert, 1/29Pacific Symphony to Honor Leonard Bernstein in Concert, 1/29
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—Jan. 9, 2015—Composer, conductor and teacher Leonard Bernstein, one of the undeniable giants of 20th-century music, and the first American-born conductor to become a major star, becomes the focal point of Pacific Symphony's second “Music Unwound” concert this season, “For the Love of Bernstein.” In 1985, a young Carl St.Clair met Bernstein as a conducting fellow at Tanglewood Music Center. A few years later in 1990, St.Clair stepped in for the ailing Maestro and conducted his “Arias and Barcarolles” during what turned out to be Bernstein's last concert. St.Clair would soon be named music director of Pacific Symphony, but the impact of Bernstein's mentoring to St.Clair has remained to this day. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Invites YOU to Inspire a New Piece of Music; Project Titled, 'OC IN UNISON'Pacific Symphony Invites YOU to Inspire a New Piece of Music; Project Titled, 'OC IN UNISON'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2015

Orange County—Jan. 7, 2015—Pacific Symphony invites all people of Orange County to share their voice and contribute to a new composition for “OC in Unison,” a project created to engage the community in music creation. Guided by the vision of Music Director Carl St.Clair, the Symphony has chosen Composer-in-Residence Narong Prangcharoen to write this new anthem for the county, which is scheduled to premiere on the Opening Night concerts of the 2015-16 season, with a culminating event taking place on Sunday, Oct. 4. Prangcharoen has already begun studying the county and discovering how the region has grown from an area of sprawling orange groves into a thriving cultural community of 34 different cities. He has been inspired by the range of scenery, but has been most influenced by the people he's met and the experiences they've had living here. Prangcharoen is now looking to more people to inspire the heart and spirit of the piece, and invites all residents to share their Orange County narrative. (more...)

'Parties-on-the-Plaza' to Power Up 2015 OFF CENTER FESTIVAL at Segerstrom Center, 1/24-30'Parties-on-the-Plaza' to Power Up 2015 OFF CENTER FESTIVAL at Segerstrom Center, 1/24-30
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has expanded its 2015 Off Center Festival to include two Parties-on-the-Plaza (POP) Saturday, January 24 and Friday, January 30. The first POP will feature Orange County rocker Nick Waterhouse. On January 30, the party continues with the cumbia, afrobeat, trad funk fusion of Jungle Fire and the cold-blooded blend of deep soul, rare funk, and afro- disco (with a raw rock star edge!) of Orgone. (more...)

American Ballet Theatre's THE SLEEPING BEAUTY to Premiere at the Segerstrom, 3/3-8American Ballet Theatre's THE SLEEPING BEAUTY to Premiere at the Segerstrom, 3/3-8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

American Ballet Theatre returns to Segerstrom Center with the World Premiere 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. (more...)

FIESTA NAVIDAD Returns to the Segerstrom Center TonightFIESTA NAVIDAD Returns to the Segerstrom Center Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 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 tonight, December 23 in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. This joyful concert also features the Latin Christmas tradition of La Posada, the reenactment of Joseph and Mary's pilgrimage to Bethlehem. (more...)

Cellist Ruslan Biryukov To Appear as Soloist with Cal State LA Symphony Orchestra and Olympia Youth Orchestra, 1/11Cellist Ruslan Biryukov To Appear as Soloist with Cal State LA Symphony Orchestra and Olympia Youth Orchestra, 1/11
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2014

Ruslan Biryukov, renowned cellist, mentor and pedagogue will appear as the Cello Soloist in the World Premiere Performance of composer Masatoshi Mitsumoto's 2nd Cello Concerto, Jan. 11, which will be the centerpiece of a program presented by the Cal State LA Department of Music, Theatre and Dance and the Olympia Philharmonic Society in a concert entitled, "FROM BEETHOVEN TO MITSUMOTO," featuring the CalStateLA Symphony Orchestra and Olympia Youth Orchestra performing together in concert under the baton of Fung Ho, Music Director and Conductor. (more...)

Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra and Positive Motions Announce Fifth Anniversary SeasonGlendale Philharmonic Orchestra and Positive Motions Announce Fifth Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2014

Glendale Philharmonic Association and Positive Motions Foundation proudly present The Fifth Anniversary Season of the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra and Positive Motions Concert Series, founded five years ago by renowned and critically acclaimed Russian cellist, Ruslan Biryukov. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 12/21/2014Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 12/21/2014
by BWW - Dec 21, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/21/2014 for Costa Mesa (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents CHRISTMAS WITH SANDI PATTY This WeekendThe Pacific Symphony Presents CHRISTMAS WITH SANDI PATTY This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 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. (more...)

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...)

Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 12/14/2014Now Playing Onstage in Costa Mesa - Week of 12/14/2014
by BWW - Dec 14, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/14/2014 for Costa Mesa (more...)

The Pacific Symphony and Festival Ballet Theatre Present NUTCRACKER FOR KIDS TodayThe Pacific Symphony and Festival Ballet Theatre Present NUTCRACKER FOR KIDS Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 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...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents BEETHOVEN & RACHMANINOFF, Now thru 12/13The Pacific Symphony Presents BEETHOVEN & RACHMANINOFF, Now thru 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 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...)

THE GRINCH Musical STeals Christmas in Orange County at the Segerstrom Center, Now thru 12/14THE GRINCH Musical STeals Christmas in Orange County at the Segerstrom Center, Now thru 12/14
by BWW News Desk - Dec 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 today, December 10 - 14, 2014. This classic holiday musical will enchant adults and children alike. (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...)

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