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Pacific Symphony’s 2024-25 Classical Series Honors Music Director Carl St.Clair’s 35 Years of Leadership

Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St.Clair arrived in Orange County in 1990 to take over the artistic leadership of the Pacific Symphony, which had been formed in 1978. The Symphony had gone from performing in a high school gymnasium to becoming the resident orchestra at the new Orange County Performing...

Disney’s “The Lion King” Broadway Musical Roars into Segerstrom Center Through February 25

Can you feel the love this month at Segerstrom Center for the Arts? Disney’s “The Lion King” musical that is playing through February 25 at Segerstrom Center has had an extraordinary life on Broadway and around the world. Since the show premiered in 1997, there have been 28 global productions that...

Meet New Pacific Symphony Pops Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez

Longtime attendees of Pacific Symphony Pops concerts know the familiar face and insightful commentary of Pops conductor Richard Kaufman, who guided audiences through more than 30 symphonic pops seasons featuring a dazzling array of musical guests, including Olivia Newton John, Frankie Valli and The Righteous Brothers. This season, Kaufman has...

Laguna Playhouse’s Production of ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ is a Joyous Crowd-Pleaser

By Eric Marchese | Special to the NB Indy When it comes to larger-than-life show-biz greats, few can match the storied life and career of Thomas Waller, the pianist, composer and performer lovingly known as “Fats.” Waller reveled in life, and his appetites for food and drink were part of his...

Newport Theatre Arts Center Stages Stellar Production of ‘Other Desert Cities’

By Eric Marchese | Special to the NB Indy Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities,” a 2011 drama rarely seen in Southern California since a Long Beach staging in the mid-2010s, joins countless utterly compelling portraits of fictional families in disarray, turmoil or outright dysfunction. Lovers of great theater will applaud...

Olivia Newton John Tribute Concert Debuts at Segerstrom Center’s Samueli Theater January 11-13

Anyone who grew up in the 1970s and 80s knows the music of Olivia Newton-John. She was a superstar who won four Grammy awards and charted 15 top-ten singles, including five number-one singles, and 14 of her albums have been certified Gold. Among her many hits: "I Honestly Love You."...

“Music of the March: A Tribute to MLK and the Motown Era” at Irvine Barclay Theatre January 13

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 15. Held on the third Monday of January, it celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader known for his campaigns to end racial segregation and promote racial equality in the United States. To celebrate Martin...

Jessica Vosk Sings the Songwriters of Laurel Canyon at Segerstrom Center January 26

The last time Jessica Vosk was at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, she performed a cabaret show for three nights in the Samueli Theatre. Now, Vosk – known for her star turn as Elphaba in “Wicked” – returns to Segerstrom Center but this time she’s in the Segerstrom Concert Hall...

At Laguna Playhouse ‘Cinderella Christmas’ is as Good as Panto Gets

By Eric Marchese | Special to the NB Indy This December is the eighth time Lythgoe Family Productions has brought one of its pantos to Laguna Playhouse, and “A Cinderella Christmas” is as good as it gets, typifying what the Lythgoes skillfully bring to Orange County with each new show. The...

Newport Beach Student Dances Lead Role of Clara in ABT’s ‘The Nutcracker’ at Segerstrom Center

December is a month for holiday traditions, especially in the performing arts. One of those traditions is the beloved American Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker,” which returns for the seventh time to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for 12 performances December 8 through 17. Co-presented by the Center and...