May 1, 2012 |
It wasn't the words of Shakespeare that sprang to mind Monday night as I found myself sitting onstage at the $240-million Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, surrounded by members of the Pacific Symphony, my trusty clarinet in my lap, the score to Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" ballet music laid out before me and music director Carl St.Clair wielding his baton in front of us. No, it was the immortal question posed by Talking...
April 30, 2012 |
The new season at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Orange County will feature appearances by the Warsaw Philharmonic, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Vancouver Symphony, as well as by pianists Jeremy Denk and Joyce Yang, and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. The venue, which is the newest classical hall in Southern California, opened last year at Soka University in Aliso Viejo. The 2012-13 season is set to begin in September. Soka's symphony series will include the Warsaw Philharmonic, with pianist Yulianna Avdeeva (Nov.
April 24, 2012
The L.A. Philharmonic announced that conductor Christoph König will be stepping in for a run of local concerts scheduled through this weekend in place of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, who was forced to cancel because of illness. The performance will mark the Walt Disney Concert Hall debut for the German-born König, who performed with the Pacific Symphony this year. In addition to the Disney dates, he will return to Orange County in a Saturday night performance with the L.A. Phil at the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
April 20, 2012 |
In November 2008, as the Great Recession pounded away, Opera Pacific closed its doors. Orange County was suddenly without a major resident opera company. But after nearly four years of drought, the Pacific Symphony is trying to step into the breach with concert opera over three years, one per season. It's a small step, but it's a step. They aren't taking any chances with repertoire, that's for sure. First out of the chute was that guaranteed crowd-pleaser, Puccini's "La Bohème" -- and yes, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall looked almost full on the ground floor Thursday night.
April 15, 2012
'La Bohème' Where: Pacific Symphony, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and April 24. Tickets: $30-$110 Information: (714) 755-5799 or http://www.pacificsymphony.org Where: Los Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, downtown L.A. When: May 12-June 2 Tickets: $20-$230 Information: (213) 972-8001 or http://www.laopera.com
April 15, 2012 |
The perfect "first opera" for a newcomer to the art form? Puccini's "La Bohème," of course. It is funny, it is sad. It is directly emotive, it is highly sophisticated. It is full of good tunes and doesn't go on too long. "La Bohème" appeals to young people who see themselves in the characters and to older audiences for whom it calls back the shadows of soirees past. We recognize its heroes and heroines: Didn't we just see poet Rodolfo in a Silver Lake cafe? Or philosopher Colline, buried in the stacks of the library?
March 18, 2012
'Nowruz — Celebrating Spring' What: Pacific Symphony and Shams Ensemble Where: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa When: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday Tickets: $25 to $185 Information: (714) 755-5799 or http://www.pacificsymphony.org
December 7, 2011
Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols; Los Angeles Master Chorale; Walt Disney Concert Hall; 2 p.m. Saturday; $19-$99 Holiday Sing-Along; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Walt Disney Concert Hall; 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17; $33.35-$83.25 Holiday Organ Spectacular; Pacific Symphony; Segerstrom Hall; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20; $15-$75
September 17, 2011 |
There is something new under the South Orange County sun. The Soka Performing Arts Center, which opens Saturday night with a gala concert by the Pacific Symphony, may seem but a modestly budgeted $73-million facility at a small, little-known 10-year-old private liberal arts college The facility at Soka University of America, tucked away in the hills of Aliso Viejo, consists of a multipurpose hall of about 1,000 seats and a black box named Nelson...