Berlin Philharmonic highlights 2016/17 Season of OC's Philharmonic Society

By Truman C. Wang
January 26, 2016

 The Berlin Philharmonic

The Berlin Philharmonic

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County has been a classical music impresario in Orange County for 62 years, presenting the world's finest orchestras and instrumentalists in concert in Costa Mesa, Irvine and Laguna Beach.  Its 2016/17 season lineup features the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Fabio Luisi -- the last featuring Orange County's own Deborah Voigt singing Wagner's Wesendonck-Lieder.  

Among the chamber music offerings, violinist Ray Chen will play Stravinsky, Satie and Ravel with members of the Berlin Philharmonic.  The Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet will perform the Requiem for a Dream Suite by Clint Mansell (arr. David Lang); Baba O’Riley by Pete Townshend (arr. Jacob Garchik); along with a new work by American composer Rhiannon Giddens.  The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will perform all six Brandenburg Concertos of J.S. Bach.

Other notable events include recitals by violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Yuja Wang, the Vienna Boys Choir, Canadian Brass, Japanese drumming group KODO, J.S. Bach's St. John Passion, as well as the week-long Laguna Beach Music Festival.  


2016-17 Season Concert Calendar

Saturday, July 9, 2016, 8pm
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
San Diego Symphony
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 8pm
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
San Diego Symphony
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 8pm
PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5

Sunday, October 9, 2016, 3pm 
THE NAUGHTON SISTERS
Christina Naughton, piano
Michelle Naughton, piano
Irvine Barclay Theatre
For Four Hands:
BACH/KURTÁG: “ Gottes Zeit” and “Aus tiefer Not”
BACH/BRAHMS: “Herzlich tut mich verlangen”
MENDELSSOHN: Andante and Allegro brilliant, Op.92
SCHOENFIELD: Boogie
For Two Pianos:
MOZART: Fugue in C minor, K. 456
ADAMS: Roll Over Beethoven
CHOPIN: Rondo in C major, Op. 73

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 8pm
LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
MAHLER: Symphony No. 9

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 8pm
HAVANA CUBA ALL-STARS
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Comprised of Cuba’s greatest and most prominent musicians, the Havana Cuba All-Stars band makes its debut tour of the United States with “Cuban Nights,” a program of songs and music celebrating the extraordinary musical legacy of Cuba. Drawing inspiration from traditional Cuban Son—a genre which later gave way to salsa—the program’s infectious melodies and rhythms are a rich product of the cultural diversity of the Cuban people.

Friday, November 18, 2016, 8pm
RAY CHEN & BERLIN PHIL MEMBERS
Principal Strings of the Berlin Philharmonic
Ray Chen, violin
Musco Center for the Arts
STRAVINSKY: Suite Italienne (arranged for string quartet)
SATIE: Gymnopédie No. 1 (arranged for string quartet)
YSAŸE: Sonata for Two Violins
FRANÇAIX: String Trio
STRAVINSKY: Danse Russe from Petrushka (arranged for string quartet)
RAVEL: String Quartet

Sunday, November 20, 2016, 3pm
BERLIN PHILHARMONIC
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
SCHOENBERG: Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16
WEBERN: Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6
BERG: Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2

Saturday, December 3, 2015, 3pm
VIENNA BOYS CHOIR
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Hear the angelic voices of the Vienna Boys Choir in a special program featuring classical masterpieces and holiday favorites. One of the world’s oldest and most revered choral groups, this illustrious group of child musicians has delighted music lovers around the world for more than five centuries with the exquisite purity of their voices and phenomenal sound.

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8pm
BIG BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Celebrate “the most wonderful time of the year” with a swinging evening of holiday favorites and beloved standards. There’s no better way to get in the mood for the festive season! Artists to be announced.

Monday, December 12, 2016, 8pm
CANADIAN BRASS
Christopher Coletti, trumpet
Caleb Hudson, trumpet
Bernhard Scully, horn
Achilles Liarmakopoulos, trombone
Chuck Daellenbach, tuba
Irvine Barclay Theatre
Back by popular demand! Celebrate the holidays with the internationally renowned, award-winning Canadian Brass. Hear seasonal favorites, holiday classics, and brass standards in an entertaining evening of virtuosic playing and heartwarming humor.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 8pm 
CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
BACH: Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051 (complete)

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 8pm
KRONOS QUARTET
Musco Center for the Arts
TOWNSHEND (arr. Garchik): Baba O’Riley
TAGAQ: Sivunittinni (The future children)
GIDDENS: New work
MANSELL (arr. Lang): Requiem for a Dream Suite

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 3pm
ITZHAK PERLMAN IN RECITAL
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Rohan De Silva, piano
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 8pm
EMANUEL AX IN RECITAL
Emanuel Ax, piano
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Samuel Adams: New Work
SCHUBERT: Four Impromptus, D. 935
CHOPIN: Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat major, Op. 29
CHOPIN: Impromptu No. 2 in F-sharp major, Op. 36
CHOPIN: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 3pm
John Adams 70th Birthday
ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET
Geoff Nuttall, violin
Owen Dalby, violin
Lesley Robertson, viola
Christopher Costanza, cello
Irvine Barclay Theatre
ADAMS: John’s Book of Alleged Dances
ADAMS: String Quartet No. 1
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 8pm
KODO
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
World-renowned Japanese drumming ensemble KODO performs “DADAN 2017,” the newest production created by KODO’s Artistic Director Tamasaburo Bando.

Friday, February 10, 2017, 8pm
Laguna Beach Music Festival
JOHANNES MOSER, CELLO
Laguna Playhouse
BACH: Suites Nos. 4 and 6 for solo cello
HINDEMITH: Sonata for solo cello
REID: New work for cello and electronics (world premiere) 

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 8pm
Laguna Beach Music Festival
JOHANNES MOSER, CELLO
Calder Quartet, guest artists
Laguna Playhouse
WOLFE: New work for string quintet
SCHUBERT: String Quintet in C major

Friday, February 10, 2017, 8pm
Laguna Beach Music Festival
JOHANNES MOSER, CELLO
Laguna Playhouse
A unique program of music written for from one to twelve cellos, running the gamut from BACH and GRIEG favorites to the sultry world of VILLA-LOBOS’ Bachianas Brasileiras to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” It’s a Festival finale unlike any you’ve ever experienced.

Sunday, February 12, 2017, 7pm
YUJA WANG & LEONIDAS KAVAKOS
Leonidas Kavakos, violin
Yuja Wang, piano
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
MEDTNER: Two Canzonas with Dances, Op. 43
SCHUBERT: Fantasy in C major, D. 934
DEBUSSY: Sonata for Violin and Piano
BARTÓK: Violin Sonata No. 1

Friday, March 3, 2017, 8pm
MANDELRING QUARTET
Sebastian Schmidt, violin
Nanette Schmidt, violin
Andreas Willwohl, viola
Bernhard Schmidt, cello
Irvine Barclay Theatre
HAYDN: String Quartet in F major, Op. 50, No. 5, “Dream”
SCHUBERT: String Quartet in A minor, D. 804, “Rosamunde”
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 8pm
ST. PETERSBURG PHILHARMONIC
Yuri Temirkanov, conductor
Sayaka Shoji, violin
PROKOFIEV: Selections from Romeo and Juliet
PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 2
RAVEL: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 8pm
NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF UKRAINE
Theodore Kuchar, conductor
Alexei Grynyuk, piano
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
DVOŘÁK: Carnival Overture
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto
RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 3

Friday, March 31, 2017, 8pm
DANISH NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Fabio Luisi, conductor
Deborah Voigt, soprano        
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
NIELSEN: Helios Overture
WAGNER: Wesendonck-Lieder
STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
STRAUSS: Death and Transfiguration

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 3pm
ALINA IBRAGIMOVA & CÉDRIC TIBERGHIEN
Alina Ibragimova, violin
Cedric Tiberghien, piano
Irvine Barclay Theatre
BACH: Violin Sonata No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017
BRAHMS: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100
CAGE: 6 Melodies (1950)
SCHUMANN: Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 8pm
INTERNATIONAL BACH ACADEMY STUTTGART CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA
Hans-Christoph Rademann, conductor
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
J.S. BACH: St. John Passion

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 8pm
BENJAMIN GROSVENOR IN RECITAL
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
SCHUMANN: Arabesque, Op. 18
MOZART: Sonata No. 13 in B-flat Major, K. 333
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, “Moonlight”
SCRIABIN: Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor, Op. 19, “Fantasy”
GRANADOS: Book I from Goyescas, Op. 11
LISZT: Rhapsodie espagnole