November 21, 2012 |
Trey McIntyre recalls the time he played the Pied Piper of Orange County. The choreographer had brought his dance troupe and his dance, "The More I See You," to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in 2009. "As I left the theater, I turned into a caricature of a choreographer. Someone handed me a cape, a glass of scotch, and a pair of greyhounds. The paparazzi hounded me. I transformed into a hard-boiled pulp-fiction guy. " Astonishingly, he remembers, "the audience followed. " Jump ahead to this weekend's return visit of Trey McIntyre Project, featuring the world premiere of "Ways of Seeing," a Segerstrom commission that also puts the audience into active mode.
January 18, 2012 |
It's possible that in its previous 25 years the Segerstrom Center for the Arts had attracted a patron dressed in purple sneakers, glittery eye makeup, a lacy black skirt and vest, fingerless black gloves and a big white cloth floral-type pin in her hair, all recalling Cyndi Lauper, circa 1984. But then again, maybe not. "She texted me: 'Dress steampunk,'" explained 19-year-old Elaina Perpelitt, nodding toward Joni Renee, her 21-year-old friend who had turned up in a black dancer's leotard and a corona of red curly hair.
October 5, 2011 |
On the cusp of her Broadway return, starring in the controversial re-imagined production of "Porgy and Bess" (renamed "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess"), four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, 41, comes to Orange County on Oct. 15 for a cabaret performance, midway through a two-month cross-country tour. Your Oct. 15 concert at Segerstrom Center is scheduled for a break between "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess'" out-of-town and Broadway runs? Yes, we have a couple of months off. We start back up with previews Dec. 17. What can the audience look forward to?
September 25, 2011 |
When the Orange County Performing Arts Center opened on Sept. 29, 1986, the festivities began with a congratulatory telegram from President Ronald Raisin -- as its reader, board member Timothy Strader, pronounced the sender's name before quickly correcting himself. Then Leontyne Price sang "The Star-Spangled Banner. " The evening's headliners, the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta, concluded with Beethoven's Ninth, supported in joy by the massed voices of the Pacific Chorale and the now-defunct Master Chorale of Orange County.
September 18, 2011 |
The arts world craves star power. Locally, we're covered. Opera? No problem — Plácido. Classical music? Dudamel. Dance? There's ... well, anyone there? Anyone at all? This s explains why perhaps the most important dance figure of the past quarter of a century in Southern California is largely unknown. She's not a dancer — in point of fact, she hasn't been en pointe in half a century. Instead, Judy Morr occupies a comfortably cluttered and modest office, basking happily in as little attention as she can possibly get, quietly programming dance, especially ballet, for as many people she can get to come see it. She is backed by worldwide contacts, an up-to-the-minute knowledge of hot versus not and, most important, the considerable resources of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which turns 25 this month.
January 21, 2011 |
The popular image of Franz Liszt is a demonic, wild-haired virtuoso, constantly on tour, playing an endless number of marathon shows in which women swooned and fought for his stray gloves. That image isn't new: Caricaturists in Liszt's day sometimes drew smoke coming off the piano as if the speed and force of his playing had led the instrument to spontaneously combust. He would sometimes break the wood-framed pianos he played. But this vision of Liszt as classical music's answer to Jimi Hendrix at his guitar-burning wildest doesn't tell the whole story of the man or his music, says Louis Lortie.