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Mandelring Quartet
Mandelring Quartet
Friday, March 3, 2017, 8pm
Irvine Barclay Theatre


The Mandelring Quartet returns to Orange County with a special program celebrating the Viennese Classical tradition with works by Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven.
Fri 3/3/17 8:00PM Mandelring Quartet


Fourth Annual Invitational<br>High School Orchestra Festival
Fourth Annual Invitational
High School Orchestra Festival
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 1pm-9pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

The Philharmonic Society's fourth annual Invitational High School Orchestra Festival spotlights the young talent of Orange County's high schools performing on the professional stage of the world-class Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Come and enjoy an all-day musical showcase of our County's talented students!
Sat 3/11/17 1:00PM Fourth Annual Invitational
High School Orchestra Festival


St. Petersburg Philharmonic
St. Petersburg Philharmonic
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Led by Yuri Temirkanov, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic—Russia's oldest symphony orchestra—performs 20th-century masterpieces with selections from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, and the second suite of Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe.
Wed 3/15/17 8:00PM St. Petersburg Philharmonic


National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine performs an all-Romantic program with Rachmaninoff's Third Symphony, Schumann's sole Piano Concerto, and Dvorák's lively and colorful Carnival Overture.
Wed 3/22/17 8:00PM National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine


Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Friday, March 31, 2017, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Led by Italian maestro Fabio Luisi, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra offers a sumptuous Romantic program with a special appearance by world-renowned soprano Deborah Voigt. Hear Nielsen's orchestral showpiece, the Helios Overture; Wagner's Wesendonck-Lieder; and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.
Fri 3/31/17 8:00PM Danish National Symphony Orchestra


Alina Ibragimova & Cedric Tiberghien
Alina Ibragimova & Cedric Tiberghien
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 3pm
Irvine Barclay Theatre


Two internationally acclaimed soloists, violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cedric Tiberghien make an "electrifying partnership" (The Times), make their first Orange County appearance together with a program of Bach, Brahms, Cage, and Schumann.
Sun 4/2/17 3:00PM Alina Ibragimova & Cedric Tiberghien


Bach's St. John Passion
Bach's St. John Passion
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


The International Bach Academy Stuttgart Chorus and Orchestra perform Bach's choral masterpiece, the St. John Passion. Composed for the Good Friday Vespers in Leipzig in 1724, the St. John Passion is one of Bach’s most extravagant and dramatic masterworks.
Wed 4/19/17 8:00PM Bach's St. John Passion


Benjamin Grosvenor in recital
Benjamin Grosvenor in recital
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Praised by Gramophone magazine as "the most remarkable young pianist of our time," Benjamin Grosvenor makes his Orange County debut performing virtuosic showstoppers such as Liszt's Rhapsodie espagnole and crowd favorites such as Beethoven's famed "Moonlight" Sonata.
Wed 5/3/17 8:00PM Benjamin Grosvenor in recital


Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele
Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele
Saturday, May 27, 2017, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


One of the world’s most exciting and innovative ukulele players and composers, Jake Shimabukuro is bringing his lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques to Orange County.
Sat 5/27/17 8:00PM Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele


Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Riccardo Muti
Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Riccardo Muti
Monday, October 16, 2017, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Opening Night of the Philharmonic Society's 2017-18 season features the multi-Grammy Award-winning Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by Riccardo Muti performing Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, Schubert's Symphony No. 8, and Schumann's Symphony No. 2.

Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra
Monday, October 30, 2017, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Widely acclaimed as a dynamic force in classical music, Grammy Award-winning music director and conductor Valery Gergiev leads the venerable Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra—christened “Russian’s musical crown jewel” by the New York Times—in an evening of Strauss and Tchaikovsky.

Modigliani Quartet
Modigliani Quartet
Sunday, November 5, 2017, 3pm
Samueli Theater


Formed in 2003 by four alumni of the Paris Conservatory, the Modigliani Quartet launches the Society's chamber music series with Brahms' String Quartet in C minor, Schubert's Quartettsatz in C minor, and works by Puccini and Mendelssohn.

Tetzlaff Quartet
Tetzlaff Quartet
Friday, November 10, 2017, 8pm
Samueli Theater


Praised by the New York Times for its “dramatic, energetic playing of clean intensity,” the Tetzlaff Quartet is one of today’s leading string quartets. Alongside their successful individual careers, Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff, Hanna Weinmeister and Elisabeth Kufferath have met several times each season since 1994, with their concerts garnering great acclaim.

A Swingin' Big Band Christmas
A Swingin' Big Band Christmas
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Celebrate “the most wonderful time of the year” and get in the spirit of the festive season with a swingin’ evening of holiday favorites and beloved standards.

Bach's <i>Christmas Oratorio</i><br>
Bach Collegium Japan
Bach's Christmas Oratorio
Bach Collegium Japan
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 3pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Conducted by Masaaki Suzuki, the world-renowned Bach Collegium Japan Chorus and Orchestra makes a special appearance on the Society’s holiday series performing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

The Holidays with Canadian Brass
The Holidays with Canadian Brass
Monday, December 18, 2017, 8pm
Irvine Barclay Theatre


Celebrate the holidays with virtuosic playing and heartwarming humor as the internationally renowned, award-winning Canadian Brass performs seasonal favorites, holiday classics, and brass standards.

Igor Levit, piano
Igor Levit, piano
Saturday, January 6, 2018, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Winner of Gramophone's 2016 Recording of the Year Award, pianist Igor Levit has been hailed as an artist “built to last” (The Guardian).

Itzhak Perlman and LA Phil
Itzhak Perlman and LA Phil
Sunday, January 14, 2018, 3pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


For its annual visit to Orange County, the Los Angeles Philharmonic is led by violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman in an afternoon program of Bach, Brahms and Elgar.

<i>Il Ritorno</i><br>Circa Ensemble
Il Ritorno
Circa Ensemble
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 8pm
Musco Center for the Arts


Akin to a physical poem, the staging sees a group of highly skilled acrobats against a stark black wall, precariously lifting, holding, levitating and falling, their movements driven by the forces of desire, devastation and absence, while music from Monteverdi’s opera Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria is played and sung by a live chamber ensemble.

Royal Philharmonic with Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Royal Philharmonic with Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Charles Dutoit leads the Royal Philharmonic in a performance of Stravinsky's Petrushka (1911) and Resphigi's Fountains of Rome. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins them for Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major.

LBMF Opening Night: Robert, Clara, and Johannes
LBMF Opening Night: Robert, Clara, and Johannes
Friday, February 9, 2018, 8pm
Laguna Playhouse


Opening night of the Laguna Beach Music Festival delves deep into one of the most fruitful musical relationships of all time, that between Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

LBMF: Diaries: The Art of the Confessional
LBMF: Diaries: The Art of the Confessional
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 8pm
Laguna Playhouse


"Diaries: The Art of the Confessional" culminates in a world premiere multimedia event built around Leoš Janácek’s powerful Diary of One Who Disappeared, with its exploration of the enduring power of love.

LBMF: The American Spirit
LBMF: The American Spirit
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 3pm
Laguna Playhouse


Nicholas Phan and special guests take listeners on a musical road trip through the great American songbook, with a few side excursions into songs influenced by our great musical traditions. The program features everything from Bernstein and Copland to Broadway, Joan Baez, and Lennon and McCartney.

All-Beethoven<br>Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
All-Beethoven
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Monday, February 12, 2018, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Marin Alsop leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in an all-Beethoven program, including Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 and his Violin Concerto, featuring Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti.

Yefim Bronfman, piano
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 8pm
Musco Center for the Arts


One of the most commanding and engaging performers on the circuit today, multi-Grammy Award-winning superstar pianist Yefim Bronfman makes his Musco Center for the Arts debut with an evening recital of works by Stravinsky, Schumann, and Widmann.

Danish String Quartet
Danish String Quartet
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 8pm
Samueli Theater


Since making its debut in 2002 at the Copenhagen Festival, the Danish String Quartet has become one of the most sought-after quartets in the United States, earning coveted appointments with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s highly regarded CMS Two program and with BBC Radio 3 as a New Generation Artist. The quartet returns to Orange County with a program featuring German composer Jörg Widmann's Jagdquartett, along with works by Haydn, Mozart and Brahms.

Lang Lang in recital
Lang Lang in recital
Friday, February 23, 2018, 8pm
Segerstrom Hall


Hailed by The New York Times as "the hottest artist on the classical music planet," internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang celebrates the Lunar New Year with a much anticipated solo recital appearance.

Smetana Trio
Smetana Trio
Thursday, March 1, 2018, 8pm
Irvine Barclay Theatre


One of the foremost piano trios in the Czech Republic today, the Smetana Trio was founded in 1934 by legendary Czech pianist Josef Pálenícek and became the first Czech ensemble to win the BBC Music Magazine Award in 2007.

Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet
Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 3pm
Musco Center for the Arts


Founded in 1985, the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet unites three permanent members of the Berliner Philharmoniker—Konzertmeister Andreas Buschatz, violist Matthew Hunter, and cellist Knut Weber—with renowned concert pianist Markus Groh.

Joshua Bell & Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Joshua Bell & Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Friday, March 9, 2018, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Grammy Award-winning virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell leads the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in a program featuring Mendelssohn’s Overture from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6.

<i>The Four Seasons</i><br>
Zurich Chamber Orchestra
The Four Seasons
Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


The Zurich Chamber Orchestra pays tribute to Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons, first with a performance of the classic work in its original form followed by Max Richter’s Four Seasons Recomposed.

San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas
San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas
Thursday, March 29, 2018, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


The San Francisco Symphony makes its first Orange County appearance in nearly 10 years. Led by Michael Tilson Thomas, the program features Mahler’s monumental Fifth Symphony, a work of intense emotions and orchestral range by a composer long championed by Tilson Thomas.

Joyce Yang & Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Joyce Yang & Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 8pm
Irvine Barclay Theatre


Merging ballet performances with piano playing, pianist Joyce Yang returns to Orange County sharing the stage with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in a new collaboration featuring works by renowned choreographers Jorma Elo, Jirí Kylián, and Nicolo Fonte.

All-John Williams<br>
Boston Pops Orchestra
All-John Williams
Boston Pops Orchestra
Monday, April 16, 2018, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Conducted by Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops Orchestra returns in an evening dedicated to the works of multi-Oscar winner John Williams, whose iconic film scores include E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and countless others.

Yuja Wang in recital
Yuja Wang in recital
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Radiating palpable magnetism, sensational piano dynamo Yuja Wang will dazzle audiences with a vivid recital performance.

James Ehnes & Orion Weiss
James Ehnes & Orion Weiss
Sunday, June 3, 2018, 3pm
Samueli Theater


Two virtuoso performers, Canadian violinist James Ehnes and American pianist Orion Weiss team up for a brilliant evening of formidable technique and chemistry.