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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.

<i>Dracula</i> (1931)<br>with Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet
Dracula (1931)
with Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 2:00pm
Segerstrom Hall


On Halloween weekend, see the 1931 cinematic horror classic Dracula starring Bela Lugosi on the big screen accompanied by a live performance of the film's hypnotic instrumental score by legendary composer and pianist Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet.
Sat 10/28/17 7:30PM Dracula (1931)
with Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet
Sun 10/29/17 2:00PM Dracula (1931)
with Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet


Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra
Monday, October 30, 2017, 7pm
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.

Hansel & Gretel
Hansel & Gretel
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Enjoy a concert for the whole family with Humperdinck's semi-staged opera Hansel and Gretel, the classic fairy tale of two siblings walking through the dark and foreboding woods and their grand escape from the evil witch and her gingerbread house of sweets.

A Swinging Big Band Christmas
A Swinging 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 eagerly anticipated return, the Los Angeles Philharmonic is led by the legendary Itzhak Perlman, making his first appearance as a conductor in Orange County. He will play Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and conduct Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn and Elgar’s popular Enigma Variations.

<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 Camille Saint-Saëns' exotic Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian.”

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


The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performs 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 Schumann and Schubert.

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.

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.

Kayhan Kalhor & Brooklyn Rider
Kayhan Kalhor & Brooklyn Rider
Saturday, May 26, 2018, 8pm
Irvine Barclay Theatre


Iranian kamancheh (spike-fiddle) virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor and the adventurous American string quartet Brooklyn Rider come together to bridge the traditions of Eastern and Western music.

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.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir makes its first Orange County appearance in nearly 15 years. For more than a century, this 360-member chorus has given voice to the hopes, joys, trials, and triumphs of people around the world.