TEATRO ZINZANNI, Off Center Festival, Hamburg Ballet's THE LITTLE MERMAID and More Set for Segerstrom Center, Feb 2013


The Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced its calendar of events for February 2013. Details below!

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents
Special Performance: TEATRO ZINZANNI: Love, Chaos & Dinner
October 24 - February 17, 2012 | Wednesday - Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at noon and 7 p.m.
Arts Plaza. $122.85-$211.05

Following more than a decade of triumphant success in both San Francisco and Seattle, Teatro ZinZanni comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with a brand new show for its Southern California premiere - Love, Chaos & Dinner. The experience, all set in a century-old Belgian Spiegeltent, the Palais Nostalgique, is a three-hour whirlwind of international cirque, comedy and cabaret all served up with a scrumptious five-course feast and elegant libations from Chef Joachim Splichal's Patina Catering. Famous for its intimate setting of 285 guests, the fast-paced action of the show unfolds above, around and even alongside you as you enjoy a gourmet dinner.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents
Off Center Festival: MOVING ARTS LA: The Car
Plays January 25 - 27 and February 1 & 2, 2013 | 3:30, 5, 7:30 and 9 p.m. performances for all dates listed except no 3:30 p.m. performance for 1/25.
Arts Plaza. $10-$20.

Truly back by popular demand, The Car Plays was a triumph at the Center's first Off Center Festival. Conceived by Paul Stein, the plays are an environmental theater event. All 15 plays are performed inside parked cars, an intimate setting all too familiar to Southern Californians. For Stein, who lives in Los Angeles, his car was a haven of solitary moments of reflection, long talks with friends, an occasional breakup and much more. Drawing on those memories, Stein collaborated with playwrights to create a new "performance model" of voyeuristic intimacy due to proximity.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents
Off Center Festival: FLEUR ELISE NOBLE: 2 Dimensional Life of Her
January 30 - February 2, 2013 | Wednesday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Studio Performance Space (Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall). $10-$20.

An enchanting mix of drawing, animation, puppetry, projection and paper, 2 Dimensional Life of Her is a richly imagined performance installation set in an artist's studio. Australian director/creator Fleur Elise Noble conjures a parallel world in which everything thought to be flat becomes something else. Noble's drawings begin to reproduce themselves, drifting between surfaces and moving in and out of three dimensions. In this illusionary, captivating and cheeky work, visual tensions build and realities pile up until the artist loses control of her creations and absolutely anything becomes possible.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents
January 31 - February 2, 2013 | Thursday - Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Samueli Theater. $10-$20.

Using poetry, dance and live music, a brilliant young cast presents a series of performed letters of a father to an unborn son, documenting nine months of pregnancy from a young, single father's perspective. These performed letters incorporate elements of ritual, archetypes and symbolic sites within the constructs of hip hop culture. It evolves the realm of spoken word and realizes the form's theatrical potential as the poet/dancer presents the complex contradictions involved in race, using the stage as an open page and deftly writing the body as text. Word Becomes Flesh critically, lyrically and choreographically examines the legacy of male patriarchy and privilege in a society where women continue to fight for their right to make choices about their bodies.

Pacific Symphony presents:
January 31 - February 2, 2013 | Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. $25-$185.

Mozart's deathbed composition - a requiem - now enjoys iconic status as one of the most superb achievements in sacred music. Ave Verum Corpus, a piece that reflects Mozart's desire to create a higher form of church, is also included in the program. A Preview Talk with Joseph Horowitz will take place at 7 p.m., and a Music Unwound performance on Sunday, February 3 at 3 p.m. ($25-$95) presents Mozart's Requiem through multimedia and other unique enhancements to allow deeper insight, better understanding, and richer enjoyment of the concert.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents
February 6, 2013 | Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Samueli Theater. $25-$70.

The Szymanowski Quartet made its Center debut in 2010 and has developed into one of the most exceptional international string quartets of its generation. The ensemble's sophisticated programs present the perfect balance between intellect and passion- characteristics with which the Szymanowski Quartet captivates audiences at prestigious festivals and concert halls in Europe, the United States, Asia, Australia and South America. For its return to the Concert Series, the Quartet is joined by acclaimed pianist Adam Golka.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents
Dance: HAMBURG BALLET: The Little Mermaid (Exclusive Southern California Engagement)
February 8 - 10, 2013 | Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
Segerstrom Hall. $25-$100.

John Neumeier has developed his Hamburg Ballet into one of the most exquisite and creative dance companies in the world. His thoughtful story adaptations have shed new light onto well known tales, seamlessly combining story, movement, music and visual imagery. For the Center's Exclusive Southern California engagement, Neumeier has created a modern but timeless interpretation of The Little Mermaid to celebrate Hans Christian Andersen's 200th birthday. This beloved story that has touched hearts throughout the years is a dramatic tale that contrasts the simplicity and mystery of underwater life with the worldly nature of humans.

Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents:
Itzhak Perlman IN RECITAL
February 10, 2013 | Sunday at 3 p.m.
Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. $50-$350.

Acclaimed for his exceptional talent, legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman is one of the preeminent ?musicians of our generation. Honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, he has earned ?fifteen Grammy Awards to date and his recordings regularly appear on best-seller charts.

Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents:
February 12, 2013 | Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. $30-$250.

England's treasured BBC Concert Orchestra makes a rare journey across the Atlantic with a repertoire, featuring works by central figures of 20th century British classical music: Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar, ?and George Butterworth. Young cellist Sophie Shao joins the orchestra for Elgar's famous Cello ?Concerto.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents
Cabaret: Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley: A Cabaret Valentine
February 14 - 16, 2013 | Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Samueli Theater. $72.

The San Francisco Chronicle hails the husband and wife duo of Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley as "Broadway's Golden Couple." For this special Valentine's Day cabaret engagement, the couple takes a look at the many aspects of love through some of the greatest songs ever written. Over the course of the concert, it is clear that theirs is, indeed, a fine romance!

Pacific Symphony presents:
February 14 - 16, 2013 | Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. $35-$185.

Saxophone superstar Kenny G joins Pacific Symphony for a silky smooth performance for Valentine's ?Day. Through the decades, Kenny G has molded elements of R&B, pop and Latin into his unique style of ?jazz, solidifying his reputation as a premier artist in the contemporary jazz genre.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Broadway/Curtain Call: WICKED
February 20, 2013 - March 17, 2013 | Tuesday - Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Additional 2 p.m. performance on 2/21.
Segerstrom Hall. $44.50-$169.50.

Praised by Entertainment Weekly as "the best musical of the decade," WICKED returns to Segerstrom Center due to popular demand. Every time it has played the Center, it has broken box office records and sold out in unprecedented time. Winner of 35 major awards including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is Broadway's biggest blockbuster: a cultural phenomenon. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for "the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time," says USA Today. The Saturday, February 23rd 2p.m. performance will include audio description, open captioning and sign language interpretation.

Pacific Symphony presents:
February 21, 23 & 26, 2013 | Thursday, Saturday, and Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. $25-$185.

Inspired by Music Director Carl St.Clair's successful career as an opera conductor in Europe, Pacific ?Symphony presents concert opera for a second season. Written by the legend who also wrote La ?Boheme, Tosca offers everything great opera should have: luxurious music, dramatic circumstances, and ?unfortunate yet inevitable tragedy.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is unique as both an acclaimed arts institution and as a multi- disciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages, offering unsurpassed experiences, and engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and a diverse array of inspiring programs.

Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center traces its roots back to the late 1960s when a dedicated group of community leaders decided Orange County should have its own world-class performing arts venue.

As Orange County's largest non-profit arts organization, Segerstrom Center for the Arts owns and operates the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall and intimate 250-seat Founders Hall, which opened in 1986, and the 2,000-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which opened in 2006 and also houses the 500-seat Samueli Theater, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center's studio performance space and Boeing Education Lab. A spacious arts plaza anchors Segerstrom Center for Arts and is home to numerous free performances throughout the year as part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts' ongoing Free for All series.

The Center presents a broad range of programming each season for audiences of all ages from throughout Orange County and beyond, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events. It offers many education programs designed to inspire young people through the arts. These programs reach hundreds of thousands of students of all ages with vital arts-in-education programs, enhancing their studies and enriching their lives well into the future.

In addition to the presenting and producing institution Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the 14-acre campus also embraces the facilities of two independent acclaimed organizations: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region's major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale, who contribute greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Free Public Tours Segerstrom Center offers tours of Southern California's award-winning home for the performing arts and its expanded facilities. The tours take visitors through the three venues, making this a perfect outing for groups or anyone who wants to know more about the performing arts. The tour is conducted by Center Docents. Public tours are conducted Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Private group tours are by reservation only.

For information about individual programs and ticket prices, call: Segerstrom Center for the Arts - (714) 556-2787; Pacific Chorale - (714) 662-2345; The Philharmonic Society of Orange County - (949) 553-2422; Pacific Symphony - (714) 755-5799. All programs, artists and dates are subject to change.

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