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LA Phil with Esa-Pekka Salonen
LA Phil with Esa-Pekka Salonen
Sunday, October 20, 2019, 3pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the LA Phil in his latest orchestral work, Castor, as part of its world premiere weekend, followed by Tchaikovsky’s irresistible violin Concerto with violinist Daniel Lozakovich.
Sun 10/20/19 3:00PM LA Phil with Esa-Pekka Salonen


Richard Goode, piano
Richard Goode, piano
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


A magisterial presence at the keyboard, Richard Goode has been hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth, and expressiveness, and has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music.
Sat 10/26/19 8:00PM Richard Goode, piano


Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts <i>Die Walküre</i>
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Die Walküre
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 3pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Experience the drama and passion of Wagner's Romantic masterpiece Die Walküre, as Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Colburn Orchestra in Act I of the expansive music-drama, featuring the vocal talents of the world’s leading Wagnerian singers.
Sun 11/3/19 3:00PM Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Die Walküre


Modigliani Quartet
Modigliani Quartet
Friday, November 8, 2019, 8pm
Samueli Theater


Known for their energy, passion, and conviction of its interpretations, the Paris-based musicians behind the Modigliani Quartet bring a stylish precision to their performances of the most exquisite chamber music in the string quartet repertoire.
Fri 11/8/19 8:00PM Modigliani Quartet


OCYS Plays Mendelssohn, Suk, and Dvorák
OCYS Plays Mendelssohn, Suk, and Dvorák
Sunday, November 17, 2019, 4pm
Memorial Hall, Chapman University


Join the Orange County Youth Symphony as they launch their 50th anniversary season, with an exciting program that foils Dvorák's lively Symphony No. 8 with the rolling melodies of Mendelssohn's The Hebrides Overture.
Sun 11/17/19 4:00PM OCYS Plays Mendelssohn, Suk, and Dvorák


Danish String Quartet
Danish String Quartet
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 8pm
Samueli Theater


Since its debut in 2002, the Danish String Quartet has become one of the most sought-after quartets in the world, earning numerous accolades, including being named winner of the 11th London International String Quartet Competition and securing 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.
Tue 11/19/19 8:00PM Danish String Quartet


Vivaldi's <i>The Four Seasons</i>:<br>Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Vivaldi's The Four Seasons:
Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Led by violinist and music director Daniel Hope, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra performs Vivaldi’s classic The Four Seasons along with works from Hope's recent recording for Deutsche Grammophon, My Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin, which pays tribute to his dear friend and mentor.
Wed 11/20/19 8:00PM Vivaldi's The Four Seasons:
Zurich Chamber Orchestra


Why Music Matters: Intro to the Orchestra
Why Music Matters: Intro to the Orchestra
Sunday, November 24, 2019, 3pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Whether you are new to classical music or a seasoned listener, deepen your understanding and appreciation of classical music as we explore the orchestra: its formation, history, and traditions.
Sun 11/24/19 3:00PM Why Music Matters: Intro to the Orchestra


"The Spirit of the Season" with Voctave
"The Spirit of the Season" with Voctave
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


In this special holiday performance, Voctave brings their awe-inspiring sound, rich harmonies, and warm melodies of timeless classics and carols.
Sat 12/14/19 8:00PM "The Spirit of the Season" with Voctave


Why Music Matters: Jazz and Early American Music
Why Music Matters: Jazz and Early American Music
Sunday, December 15, 2019, 3pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Through an interactive performance by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the audience will go on Duke’s journey of musical discovery as he digs deep into this music called jazz.
Sun 12/15/19 3:00PM Why Music Matters: Jazz and Early American Music


Duke Ellington's <i>Nutcracker</i><br>with Duke Ellington Orchestra
Duke Ellington's Nutcracker
with Duke Ellington Orchestra
Sunday, December 15, 2019, 7pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Jazz up your holidays with Duke Ellington’s dazzling reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, performed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra!
Sun 12/15/19 7:00PM Duke Ellington's Nutcracker
with Duke Ellington Orchestra


Junction Trio
Junction Trio
Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 8pm
Samueli Theater


Three renowned visionary artists of the next generation—violinist Stefan Jackiw, pianist Conrad Tao, and cellist Jay Campbell—combine talents in this eclectic new piano ensemble, Junction Trio.
Tue 1/7/20 8:00PM Junction Trio


Itzhak Perlman, violin
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Sunday, January 19, 2020, 3pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Perlman returns to Orange County with pianist Rohan De Silva in a program that not only reflects remarkable artistry, but an irrepressible joy for making music.
Sun 1/19/20 3:00PM Itzhak Perlman, violin


Emanuel Ax, piano
Emanuel Ax, piano
Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Grammy Award-winning pianist Emanuel Ax makes a special recital appearance in an all-Beethoven program, including the delicate and emotional “Für Elise”, and two of the Op. 2 sonatas, praised for their harmonic and dramatic thought.
Tue 1/21/20 8:00PM Emanuel Ax, piano


San Diego Symphony with Edo de Waart
San Diego Symphony with Edo de Waart
Sunday, January 26, 2020, 3pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Dutch conductor Edo de Waart leads the San Diego Symphony in an all-Beethoven program, including his Egmont Overture and Symphony Nos. 4 and 6 ("Pastoral").
Sun 1/26/20 3:00PM San Diego Symphony with Edo de Waart


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman
Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


One of the world’s preeminent classical artists, Grammy Award-winning conductor and violinist Pinchas Zukerman has remained a phenomenon in the classical music world for more than four decades. Zukerman returns leading the London-based Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, an ensemble widely regarded for its exceptional quality and versatility.
Tue 1/28/20 8:00PM Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman


Beethoven: The Complete Violin Sonatas, Part I<br>
with Midori & Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Beethoven: The Complete Violin Sonatas, Part I
with Midori & Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Friday, January 31, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Grammy Award-winning violinist Midori and renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet team up for an exclusive U.S. engagement of their complete concert series covering all ten of Beethoven's Violin Sonatas as they open showcasing Sonata Nos. 1, 4, 8 and 7.
Fri 1/31/20 8:00PM Beethoven: The Complete Violin Sonatas, Part I
with Midori & Jean-Yves Thibaudet


Beethoven: The Complete Violin Sonatas, Part II<br>
with Midori & Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Beethoven: The Complete Violin Sonatas, Part II
with Midori & Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 3pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Grammy Award-winning violinist Midori and renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet team up for an exclusive U.S. engagement of their complete concert series covering all ten of Beethoven's Violin Sonatas. Part two of the cycle features Sonata Nos. 5, 6, and 10.
Sat 2/1/20 3:00PM Beethoven: The Complete Violin Sonatas, Part II
with Midori & Jean-Yves Thibaudet


Beethoven: The Complete Violin Sonatas, Part III<br>
with Midori & Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Beethoven: The Complete Violin Sonatas, Part III
with Midori & Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Grammy Award-winning violinist Midori and renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet team up for an exclusive U.S. engagement of their complete concert series covering all ten of Beethoven's Violin Sonatas as they conclude with Sonata Nos. 2, 3, and 9 (“Kreutzer”).
Sat 2/1/20 8:00PM Beethoven: The Complete Violin Sonatas, Part III
with Midori & Jean-Yves Thibaudet


Chinese New Year Celebration<br>
with the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra
Chinese New Year Celebration
with the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Join us for a celebration of the Lunar New year and experience the beauty of traditional Chinese folksongs and newly orchestrated works being played on traditional instruments.
Wed 2/5/20 8:00PM Chinese New Year Celebration
with the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra


LBMF Opening Night: Ray Chen in Recital
LBMF Opening Night: Ray Chen in Recital
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 8pm
Laguna Presbyterian Church


Festival Artistic Director and internationally acclaimed violinist Ray Chen opens the 2020 Laguna Beach Music Festival with the famous soft notes of Clair de Lune, the rhapsodic Tzigane, and many others.
Thu 2/6/20 8:00PM LBMF Opening Night: Ray Chen in Recital


LBMF: Ray Chen & Friends
LBMF: Ray Chen & Friends
Friday, February 7, 2020, 8pm
Laguna Beach Artists Theatre


Festival Artistic Director and violin virtuoso Ray Chen teams up with the Dover Quartet and the Academy Virtuosi for Bach's Double Violin Concerto and Ástor Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, a musical depiction of the beauty of Argentina’s changing seasons.
Fri 2/7/20 8:00PM LBMF: Ray Chen & Friends


LBMF: Ray Chen & Dover Quartet
LBMF: Ray Chen & Dover Quartet
Saturday, February 8, 2020, 7pm
Laguna Beach Artists Theatre

Join violin sensation Ray Chen and the phenomenal Dover Quartet as they close the 2020 Laguna Beach Music Festival performing Chausson’s engaging “Concert” and Ravel’s only string quartet, a dream-like piece that was considered Ravel’s first masterpiece.
Sat 2/8/20 7:00PM LBMF: Ray Chen & Dover Quartet


Daniil Trifonov, piano
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Sunday, February 9, 2020, 3pm
Soka Performing Arts Center


Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, Daniil Trifonov’s performances are a perpetual source of awe. He has been declared, “without question the most astounding pianist of our age” (The Times of London).
Sun 2/9/20 3:00PM Daniil Trifonov, piano


<i>More Forever</i>: <br>Conrad Tao with Caleb Teicher & Co.
More Forever:
Conrad Tao with Caleb Teicher & Co.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Using vernacular jazz, tap dance, and Lindy Hop with a new contemporary score for piano and electronics by Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Conrad Tao, this sonic journey will brush away the fine line between movement and music and expand the expressive capacity of American music and dance.
Wed 2/12/20 8:00PM More Forever:
Conrad Tao with Caleb Teicher & Co.


Yuja Wang, piano
Yuja Wang, piano
Thursday, February 20, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Musical America’s Artist of the Year (2017), Yuja Wang has proven her place among the world’s leading musicians. She establishes an exceptional presence onstage, performing with emotional depth that draws you “into the world of each composer with compelling immediacy” (Financial Times).
Thu 2/20/20 8:00PM Yuja Wang, piano


<i>Chaplin's Smile</i>: A Musical Tribute to Charlie Chaplin
Chaplin's Smile: A Musical Tribute to Charlie Chaplin
Friday, February 28, 2020, 8:00pm
Irvine Barclay Theatre


An unmistakable and endearing character in his bowler hat and mustache, Charlie Chaplin composed almost all of the music in his films. Along with film clips, Chaplin's love songs, arranged for piano and violin, will be juxtaposed with those great composers he was influenced by, including Debussy, Stravinsky, Brahms, and Gershwin.
Fri 2/28/20 8:00PM Chaplin's Smile: A Musical Tribute to Charlie Chaplin


Joshua Bell & Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Joshua Bell & Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Led by music director and celebrated violinist Joshua Bell, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields is internationally acclaimed for its distinctive and polished sound. Together, they bring this refined quality to Paganini’s impressively demanding and intricate Violin Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven’s revered Fifth Symphony.
Tue 3/3/20 8:00PM Joshua Bell & Academy of St Martin in the Fields


High School Orchestra Festival
High School Orchestra Festival
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 12pm-9pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Showcasing the incredible talent of the next generation of musicians, this festival presents youth orchestras from all over Orange County as they perform in a world-class concert hall.
Sat 3/7/20 12:00PM High School Orchestra Festival


OCYS Plays Beethoven and Tchaikovsky
OCYS Plays Beethoven and Tchaikovsky
Sunday, March 15, 2020, 4pm
Soka Performing Arts Center


The Orange County Youth Symphony performs a captivating program, pairing Beethoven’s strikingly powerful Egmont Overture with the intense, yet at times, tender Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture.
Sun 3/15/20 4:00PM OCYS Plays Beethoven and Tchaikovsky


Rotterdam Philharmonic & Lahav Shani
Rotterdam Philharmonic & Lahav Shani
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


The young Israeli conductor taking the classical music world by storm, Lahav Shani leads the Rotterdam Philharmonic in an all-Beethoven program, including the energetic and celebratory Seventh Symphony and Piano Concerto No. 5 (the "Emperor") with its grandeur and bold melodies.
Tue 3/24/20 8:00PM Rotterdam Philharmonic & Lahav Shani


Augustin Hadelich & Orion Weiss
Augustin Hadelich & Orion Weiss
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 8pm
Samueli Theater


Musical America's 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year, violinist Augustin Hadelich joins with pianist Orion Weiss, a protégé of Emanuel Ax, for an extraordinary performance showcasing phenomenal technique and gorgeous tone.
Thu 3/26/20 8:00PM Augustin Hadelich & Orion Weiss


Mnozil Brass
Mnozil Brass
Friday, March 27, 2020, 8pm
Irvine Barclay Theatre


Seamlessly blending technical virtuosity and comedic brilliance, Mnozil Brass has become an international sensation. Often likened to Monty Python, the Austrian brass septet combines offbeat humor, physical comedy, and serious chops performing original compositions, classical favorites, jazz standards, and popular hits.
Fri 3/27/20 8:00PM Mnozil Brass


Why Music Matters: Rhythm, Music and Dance
Why Music Matters: Rhythm, Music and Dance
Sunday, March 29, 2020, 3pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


This third concert in our Family series features the Colburn Orchestra, Anaheim Ballet, and a guest host exploring the concepts of rhythm, music and dance and their unity on stage through movement—all in a friendly, family focused one-hour program.
Sun 3/29/20 3:00PM Why Music Matters: Rhythm, Music and Dance


Brooklyn Rider & Magos Herrera: "Dreamers"
Brooklyn Rider & Magos Herrera: "Dreamers"
Friday, April 17, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Mexican-born songstress Magos Herrera and the omnivorous string quartet Brooklyn Rider join forces for an unforgettable musical journey, reinterpreting classics of the era from Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and Spain, and celebrating such luminaries as Octavio Paz, Federico García Lorca, and Rubén Darío.
Fri 4/17/20 8:00PM Brooklyn Rider & Magos Herrera: "Dreamers"


Bomsori Kim & Rafal Blechacz
Bomsori Kim & Rafal Blechacz
Sunday, April 19, 2020, 3pm
Samueli Theater


Stars of numerous prestigious international music competitions, South Korean violinist Bomsori Kim and Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz are two of today's most vibrant emerging musical personalities.
Sun 4/19/20 3:00PM Bomsori Kim & Rafal Blechacz


Les Violons du Roy with Avi Avital
Les Violons du Roy with Avi Avital
Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Mandolin player Avi Avital, whose astonishing virtuosity has established him as a star on the international classical music scene and a driving force behind the reinvigoration of the mandolin repertory, joins Les Violons du Roy in works by Bach and Vivaldi.
Wed 4/29/20 8:00PM Les Violons du Roy with Avi Avital


A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary with the Kronos Quartet
A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary with the Kronos Quartet
Thursday, April 30, 2020, 7:30pm
Segerstrom Hall


Premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim, A Thousand Thoughts features the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet live-scoring this documentary from Oscar-nominated filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini about the quartet's legendary classical career.
Thu 4/30/20 7:30PM A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary with the Kronos Quartet


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with Sheku Kanneh-Mason
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with Sheku Kanneh-Mason
Friday, May 15, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who became a household name worldwide after playing at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, joins the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and its new music director Jaime Martín for Saint-Saëns' captivating and brilliant Cello Concerto No. 1. Also on the program are Beethoven's Third Symphony and the world premiere of a new work by Derrick Spiva.
Fri 5/15/20 8:00PM Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with Sheku Kanneh-Mason


OCYS 50th Season Finale
OCYS 50th Season Finale
Sunday, May 17, 2020, 4pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hal


The Orange County Youth Symphony presents it monumental 50th season finale, featuring Sarah Chang, one of the foremost violinists of our time, in Dvorák’s ravishing Romance in F minor and Ravel’s virtuosic Tzigane.
Sun 5/17/20 4:00PM OCYS 50th Season Finale


Renée Fleming, soprano
Renée Fleming, soprano
Saturday, May 23, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


A National Medal of Arts recipient and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist, Renée Fleming has solidified her position as one of the most highly acclaimed singers of our time. She’s been called the “go-to soprano for royals [and] world leaders” (The Guardian) with a voice that “soars with the force of an uncontainable soul” (The New Yorker).
Sat 5/23/20 8:00PM Renée Fleming, soprano