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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, October 11, 2020, 3pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Opening Night of the Philharmonic Society’s 2020-21 season features brilliant young Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla leading the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Ravel's waltz-inspired La Valse and Debussy’s animated La Mer. Violinist Gidon Kremer then joins them for Weinberg’s splendid Violin Concerto.

Gustavo Dudamel & LA Phil
Gustavo Dudamel & LA Phil
Sunday, October 18, 2020, 7:30pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Grammy-winning conductor Gustavo Dudamel masterfully leads the LA Phil in their annual Orange County visit with groundbreaking and diverse programming that demonstrates the orchestra’s artistry and vision.

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Thursday, November 5, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra makes its first Orange County appearance in 12 years under the baton of its newly appointed Music Director Lahav Shani in his inaugural season with the revered orchestra.

Danish String Quartet:<br>
Folk Music
Danish String Quartet:
Folk Music
Saturday, November 14, 2020, 5:30pm
Westside Museum/Boathouse Collective


Musical America’s 2020 Ensemble of the Year, the Danish String Quartet showcases musical treasures from their Nordic heritage with arrangements of beloved folk music set against the backdrop of a social Scandinavian scene.

Danish String Quartet<br>
Mozart, Shostakovich, and Schubert
Danish String Quartet
Mozart, Shostakovich, and Schubert
Sunday, November 15, 2020, 3:00PM
Samueli Theater


The Grammy-nominated Danish String Quartet makes a much anticipated return with Shostakovich’s emotionally rich String Quartet No. 10 and Schubert’s hauntingly transcendent String Quartet No. 15.

Mozart’s Requiem with<br>
Orchester Wiener Akademie
Mozart’s Requiem with
Orchester Wiener Akademie
Friday, November 20, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Conductor Martin Haselböck conducts the leading Austrian period instrument orchestra--Orchester Wiener Akademie--in Mozart’s hauntingly beautiful choral masterpiece, Requiem and his celebratory Coronation Mass.

Jeremy Denk, piano
Jeremy Denk, piano
Saturday, November 21, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Avery Fisher Prize, Jeremy Denk performs Romantic works by Chopin and Schumann, as well as Beethoven’s final piano composition, Piano Sonata No. 32.

Harlem 100
Harlem 100
Sunday, November 22, 2020, 7pm
Irvine Barclay Theatre


Hosted by jazz-funk-dance group Mwenso and the Shakes, Harlem 100 is a multi-media show that captures the sights and sounds of Harlem with tap dance, film, and music as it celebrates the legacy of icons such as Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes and Billie Holiday.

Vienna Boys Choir
Vienna Boys Choir
Friday, November 27, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


The angelic-voiced musicians of the Vienna Boys Choir celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a delightful program of Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, Christmas hymns, and holiday carols.

Tetzlaff Quartet
Tetzlaff Quartet
Friday, December 4, 2020, 8pm
Samueli Theater


Praised by The New York Times for its “dramatic, energetic playing of clean intensity,” the Tetzlaff Quartet makes an Orange County return with an all-Beethoven program.

Seong-Jin Cho, piano
Seong-Jin Cho, piano
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


First prize winner at the 2015 Chopin International Competition, rising star pianist Seong-Jin Cho makes his much-anticipated return to Orange County to perform Brahms’ beloved Six Pieces for Piano and Schumann’s whimsical Humoresque.

The Holidays with Canadian Brass
The Holidays with Canadian Brass
Thursday, December 17, 2020, 8pm
Irvine Barclay Theatre


Celebrate the holidays with the internationally renowned, award-winning Canadian Brass performing seasonal favorites, holiday classics, and brass standards in an entertaining evening of virtuosic playing and heartwarming humor.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, January 9, 2021, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


The conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is joined by three-time Grammy-winner and revered jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis in a program of saxophone and classical favorites, including Debussy’s Rhapsody for Alto Sax and Ibert’s Concertino da Camera.

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Thursday, January 21, 2021, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, celebrated Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes performs a colorful solo program of works by Janácek, Bartók and Schumann.

Bach Collegium Japan
Bach Collegium Japan
Saturday, January 23, 2021, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Led by Maestro Masaaki Suzuki, the internationally renowned Bach Collegium Japan performs an all-Bach program, including Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Cantata ‘Herz und Mut und Tat und Leben’ BWV 147, containing the famous “Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring."

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
Friday, January 29, 2021, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


One of the oldest symphony orchestras in Russia, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s powerful Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique,” joined by virtuoso pianist Vadym Kholodenko for Grieg’s youthful Piano Concerto in A minor.

Joshua Bell, violin
Joshua Bell, violin
Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell returns to Orange County in a recital that will enchant audiences with his breathtaking virtuosity and captivating stage presence.

KODO One Earth Tour: Legacy
KODO One Earth Tour: Legacy
Sunday, February 14, 2021, 7pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


After an electrifying performance in 2019, Kodo, the world’s preeminent taiko drumming group, returns to Orange County with the thunderous vibrations from their newest world tour in this heart-racing Valentine’s Day performance.
Sun 2/14/21 7:00PM KODO One Earth Tour: Legacy


Brentano Quartet with Dawn Upshaw
Brentano Quartet with Dawn Upshaw
Sunday, February 21, 2021, 3pm
Soka Performing Arts Center


Five-time Grammy-winning vocalist Dawn Upshaw joins the Brentano String Quartet in “Dido Reimagined,” a soprano monodrama exploring the strong yet vulnerable character of Dido from Purcell’s famous opera Dido and Aeneas.

Chinese New Year Celebration with Wu Man
Chinese New Year Celebration with Wu Man
Sunday, February 21, 2021, 7pm
Irvine Barclay Theatre


Usher in the Year of the Ox with the world’s premier pipa virtuoso Wu Man in a variety of musical and visual performances celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Astor Piazzolla at 100<br>
with Philippe Quint and Members of the Joffrey Ballet
Astor Piazzolla at 100
with Philippe Quint and Members of the Joffrey Ballet
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 8pm
Irvine Barclay Theatre


Multi-Grammy-nominated violinist Phillippe Quint and members of the world-class, Chicago-based Joffrey Ballet celebrate the centennial of tango legend Astor Piazzolla in a performance of music and dance.
Tue 2/23/21 8:00PM Astor Piazzolla at 100
with Philippe Quint and Members of the Joffrey Ballet


Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet
Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet
Saturday, February 27, 2021, 8pm
Soka Performing Arts Center


A chamber ensemble from the world-renowned orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet consists of three permanent members of the orchestra— Concertmaster Andreas Buschatz, violist Matthew Hunter, and cellist Knut Weber—with award-winning pianist Markus Groh.

Smetana Trio
Smetana Trio
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 8:00PM
Samueli Theater


A 2017 BBC Music Magazine Award-winner, the Smetana Trio returns to Orange County in a performance of radiant grandeur and focused precision.

National Orchestra of Mexico
National Orchestra of Mexico
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Grammy-nominated pianist Gabriela Montero joins Musical America’s 2019 Conductor of the Year Carlos Miguel Prieto and the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico in a riveting performance concluding with the thundering rhythms of Revuelta’s The Night of the Mayas.

George Li, piano
George Li, piano
Thursday, March 4, 2021, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


After a showstopping performance with the Russian National Orchestra in 2019, International Tchaikovsky Competition Silver Medalist George Li returns in his Orange County recital debut, featuring Beethoven’s famous “Moonlight Sonata.”

Chicago Symphony Orchestra:<br>
Mozart and Shostakovich
Chicago Symphony Orchestra:
Mozart and Shostakovich
Friday, March 12, 2021, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


The 62-time Grammy-winning Chicago Symphony Orchestra and revered conductor Riccardo Muti open their three-day music festival with Mozart’s elegant, yet grand Violin Concerto No. 4 and Shostakovich’s dramatic and captivating Symphony No. 10.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra:<br>
Verdi, Schifrin, and Brahms
Chicago Symphony Orchestra:
Verdi, Schifrin, and Brahms
Saturday, March 13, 2021, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


On the second night of the festival, Musical America’s 2010 Musician of the Year Riccardo Muti leads the world-renowned Chicago Symphony in Lalo Schifrin’s Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra written specifically for soloist Gene Pokorny and works by Verdi and Brahms.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra:<br>
Chamber Concert
Chicago Symphony Orchestra:
Chamber Concert
Sunday, March 14, 2021, 3pm
Irvine Barclay Theatre


In the last performance of the festival, see select members from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in an up-close setting, as musicians charm audiences in an intimate chamber concert.

LBMF Opening Night: Counterpoint
LBMF Opening Night: Counterpoint
Friday, March 26, 2021, 8pm
Location TBA


In his Artistic Director debut, pianist and composer Conrad Tao opens the 2021 Laguna Beach Music Festival dazzling audiences with his astonishing musical innovation and artistry.

LBMF: Its Brilliance Almost Frightened Me
LBMF: Its Brilliance Almost Frightened Me
Saturday, March 27, 2021, 8pm
Location TBA


Listed in Forbes’ “30 under 30” list of people changing the world (2011), Artistic Director Conrad Tao brings his deft touch and brilliant musicianship to Laguna Beach Music Festival in a program highlighting the versatility of the piano.

LBMF: Change This Thread on Which We Move
LBMF: Change This Thread on Which We Move
Sunday, March 28, 2021, 3pm
Location TBA


A stunning musician at just 25, Conrad Tao closes the 2021 Laguna Beach Music Festival with his youthful energy and creative musical spirit.

Alisa Weilerstein & the Trondheim Soloists
Alisa Weilerstein & the Trondheim Soloists
Thursday, April 8, 2021, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


MacArthur Fellow cellist Alisa Weilerstein returns to Orange County with the 10-time Grammy-nominated Trondheim Soloists in a program from their highly praised album Verklarte Nacht celebrated for its fluid, effortless dialogue between instruments.

Jerusalem Quartet<br>
with Zukerman and Forsyth
Jerusalem Quartet
with Zukerman and Forsyth
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Virtuoso violinist Pinchas Zukerman joins cellist Amanda Forsyth and the remarkable Jerusalem Quartet in a program featuring Dvorák’s enchanting String Sextet and Bruckner’s "Adagio" from his String Quintet in F major.

Edgar Meyer and the Scottish Ensemble
Edgar Meyer and the Scottish Ensemble
Friday, April 23, 2021, 8pm
Soka Performing Arts Center


Five-time Grammy-winning bassist and composer Edgar Meyer is joined by the Scottish Ensemble, a string orchestra known for devising imaginative, innovative spirit, in a program that features a new concerto by Meyer, along with standard classical pieces.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Saturday, April 24, 2021, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


Two-time Grammy-nominated pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet returns to Orange County performing the entirety of Debussy’s expressive Préludes.

Sergio Assad and Clarice Assad<br>
with Third Coast Percussion
Sergio Assad and Clarice Assad
with Third Coast Percussion
Friday, May 28, 2021, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


In an exploration of global music traditions, legendary guitarist Sergio Assad, along with Clarice Assad’s spellbinding vocals and the rhythms of Grammy-winning Third Coast Percussion, will take audiences on a vast musical journey grounded in familiar stories.

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with Anne Sofie von Otter
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with Anne Sofie von Otter
Saturday, May 29, 2021, 8pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall


With an unbridled energy, dedication and exceptional sound, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is joined by the lyrical vocals of mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter in Schubert’s masterful Lieder and Mozart’s magnificent Paris Symphony.