Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, enjoy these!

Classic Cars

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Balboa Car Show | Every Sunday from 7 - 9 a.m. 

Fun Zone Parking lot, 600 E. Bay Ave., Balboa Peninsula

A Murder is Announced | Continuing through Feb 26. Performance times vary. Promoted on both sides of the Atlantic as Agatha Christie’s 50th book and published in 1950, this is a staple of crime fiction and is often considered the best of all the Miss Marple novels. Tickets: $20 for Evening and Matinee Performances.

Contact: Box office, 949.631.0288, www.ntaconline.com

Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach.

Citizen Science Academy/VOYAGER Program | Continuing through March 18.

Want to learn more about the natural world around you? Join the City of Newport Beach and its partners in a nature-based and hands-on education program. These workshops will focus on interrelationships between nature and human beings through history, plant and wildlife identification, ecological relationships, human impacts, and more. Takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Cost: $25 for a single program.

Contact: Box office, 949.644.3036, Michelle Clement at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach.

Forms of Identity: Women Artists in the 90s | Continuing through April 2. The last decade of the 20th century marked a brief, significant moment of intense, rapid sociopolitical, economic and cultural transformation, particularly for women, a group historically marginalized and overlooked. This exhibit includes a selection of artworks from the permanent collection created by 16 significant women artists working in this time period whose artistic practice shifted from the political to personal.

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17th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party & Big Band Blowout | Feb 23 - Feb 26. Takes place all day. This year’s party features a big band closing each night. In addition to a Saturday and Sunday Champagne Jazz Brunch, daily evening concerts take place in the Marriott’s Grand Pacific Ballroom, plus afternoon pool sessions on the grounds of the resort. For tickets and the entertainment line-up visit the website.

Contact: 949.759.5003, www.newportbeachjazzparty.com.

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

Aida | Feb 23, 25 and 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Pacific Symphony presents Verdi’s most popular opera, telling the story of a doomed love triangle involving the Pharaoh’s daughter, the enslaved Nubian princess Aida and the ambitious soldier they both love. Carl St.Clair, conductor.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Paint A Bouquet of Pansies | Feb 25 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join artist Erin Houghton as she teaches how to see and paint color and simple shapes. Designed for all levels of painters and the non-painter. Her teaching style is fun and relaxed with a motto, “If you can color, you can paint.” Each participant will take home their own painting. Maximum 12 people. Fee: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. You can register on their website.

Contact: RSVP to 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

The Way Things Were | Feb 25 from 10 a.m. -  Noon. Join ENC Naturalist Kathy to learn a little about how the indigenous people of Orange County lived before there were shopping centers and highways. Make string and practice your weaving, play some authentic Tongva games and try your hand at “hunting” with a rabbit stick. Listen to a legend and play some music using authentic Tongva instruments. This program is for families with children in third grade or older. Cost: ENC members, $5; non-members, $8. Register via the website.

Contact: 949.645.8489, www.encenter.org

Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

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Paint with friends at Seaside Gallery’s workshop

Paint Workshop | Feb 25 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Enjoy a day of painting with friends in the cozy ambience of Seaside Gallery’s Pelican Courtyard. You will be recreating this local seascape with step-by-step instruction. This social painting event provides an engaging way to discover your inner artist. Guests are welcome to bring refreshments and treats to enjoy. No experience is necessary. All the tools for artistry are provided. All ages welcome. You will be painting with acrylic paint on 11-inch by 14-inch by one-quarter-inch canvas panels…ideal for travel. Cancellation is 48 hours prior. Cost: $55

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Seaside Gallery and Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Kids Community Peaceful Painting Workshop | Feb 25 from 1 - 4 p.m. Join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she provides a space for create to create, play and tap into the magic around us. Youngsters will connect to landscape of the Gardens, finding inspiration inside and outside, as they playfully explore techniques that embrace the process of painting and creating from the heart. In this class, there are no mistakes! Class size is limited; recommended for ages 8 - 14. Suggested donation is $40. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact: RSVP to 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Little Naturalists: Radical Reptiles | Feb 28 at 10:30 a.m. Learn what makes a reptile a reptile, who’s in the reptile family, hike through the center in search of their very own reptiles to meet & greet, and read the story, A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni. Valerie will also turn a brave volunteer little naturalist into a snake, and everyone will make their own reptiles to name, take home and care for. Cost: ENC members, $5; non-members, $8. Pre-payment is required; register via the website.

Contact: 949.645.8489, www.encenter.org

Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach.

Cecile Whiting: Pop Goes the 60s | Feb 26 at 2 p.m. Art historian Cecile Whiting examines how and why Pop artists incorporated commercial imagery (advertisements, celebrity photos, comic strips) and techniques into their artworks, and what impact they had on pop culture during the 1960s. Tickets are handed out beginning at noon on the day of the talk. Included in general admission.

Contact: 949.759.1122, www.ocma.net

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.

A Gentlemans Guide

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This Tony Award® winner for Best Musical comes to Segerstrom Hall

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder | Feb 28 - March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29. This Tony Award® winner for Best Musical makes its Orange County debut during its first national tour. It tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance…and be done in time for tea. 

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

2017 CUSD Secondary Honor Concert | March 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Highlights more than 600 young musicians, bringing together outstanding talent from schools district-wide for an unforgettable evening of classical music.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Beach Boys | March 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $75. In the pantheon of pop, few groups have enjoyed the success of The Beach Boys. Their close vocal harmonies and “Good Vibrations” conjure timeless memories of surf, sun and endless summers. Known for such irresistible chart-topping hits as “Surfin’,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Kokomo,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls,” these Rock and Roll Hall of Farmers are sure to please.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Karlin Meehan’s Metallic Series | March 4 from 6 - 9 p.m. Join Newport Beach artist Karlin Meehan as she unveils her new Metallic Series. This body of work represents a new beginning for Meehan, who is best known for her large florals and abstracts using acrylic paint and non-traditional materials. The Metallic Series showcases a limited color palette and layers of overlapping paint that come together with growth from painting to painting to represent a timeline of evolution. The art show is free of charge.

Contact: Box office, 949.981.6432. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

G Galerie, 504 30th St., Cannery Village, Newport Beach.

Karlin Meehan

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Artist Karlin Meehan

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters | March 4 and 5 at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two daughters of very different dispositions, travel a half-day’s journey through a mystical jungle to be presented to the king. Enjoy authentic African drumming, colorful staging and powerful choreography.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Family at OCMA

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Free Family Day at OCMA | March 5 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., with galleries closing at 5 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled day at the museum inspired by the exhibition Pop Art Design. Participate in unique artist designed, hands-on Pop Art projects; join special gallery tours for families; experience innovative youth music and dance performances by Compass Dance Company, Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California (CYOSC) and Huntington Beach Cities School District Music Programs. Food truck onsite. Event is free.

Contact: 949.759.1122, www.ocma.net

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach.

Orange | March 5 - 26, Performance Times vary. A West Coast Premiere. Tickets start at $20. Leela is different. A teenager from Inia, she sketches life’s important moments in her journal. When a family wedding gets boring, her rebellious cousin decides to make a run for it with her boyfriend – and takes Leela along. As they careen dangerously through Orange County, everything takes on mythic significance for Leela.

Contact: Box office, 714.708.5555, www.scr.org

South Coast Repertory, Julianne Argyros Stage, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The SMCHS Nick Kraus Memorial Scholarship Concert | March 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35. This concert will feature more than 300 students performing the choral and instrumental works of Brahms, Grieg, Schubert, Whitacre, Thompson and Elgar by the Santa Margarita Catholic High School Vocal and Instrumental Music departments. Arrive early to view Visual Arts by the students, on display in the lobby of the concert hall. All proceeds will go to the Nicholas David Kraus Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of the school’s music teacher and marching band instructor, who passed away in March 2014.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Charles Busch

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Charles Busch pays homage to five extraordinary women in this new stage show

Charles Busch | March 9 - 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $79. Experience the giddy enchantment of Charles Busch’s world in this intimate evening of song and stories. A two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee, and recipient of a Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement Award, the actor, playwright (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife), novelist, screenwriter, director, and drag legend has happily added “vaudevillian” to the list over the past years. This brand new show created for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, titled “The Lady at the Mic,” has Busch, along with his invaluable longtime musical director Tom Judson, paying tribute through song and personal reminiscence to five extraordinary and much missed women: Elaine Stritch, Polly Bergen, Mary Cleere Haran, Julie Wilson and Joan Rivers.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Heisler Park

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A painting of Heisler Park, Laguna Beach

Paint Workshop | March 11 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Enjoy a day of painting with friends in the cozy ambience of Seaside Gallery’s Pelican Courtyard. You will be recreating this local seascape with step-by-step instruction. This social painting event provides an engaging way to discover your inner artist. Guests are welcome to bring refreshments and treats to enjoy. No experience is necessary. All the tools for artistry are provided. All ages welcome. You will be painting with acrylic paint on 11-inch by 14-inch by one-quarter-inch canvas panels…ideal for travel. Cancellation is 48 hours prior. Cost: $55

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Seaside Gallery and Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis | March 12 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $10. Fritz Lang’s sci-fi masterpiece influenced such films as “Star Wars” and “Blade Runner.” Experience this cinematic tour de force projected on the big screen while organ virtuoso Peter Richard Conte performs the unforgettable soundtrack live.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Creative Edge Lecture: 21st Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera | March 14 at 10 a.m. This event is free, but tickets are required. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, is a true embodiment of the creative spirit. A thought-leader on the vital role of creativity in society, he is a passionate advocate for arts education, and an inspiring speaker, storyteller and performance artist. Herrera will inspire leaders from the arts, education and business in this lecture presented by Arts Orange County in collaboration with the Orange County Department of Education, Fourth District PTA and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, with title sponsorship by Boeing.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

St. Petersburg Philharmonic | March 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Founded in 1882, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic is Russia’s oldest symphony orchestra. Led by conductor Yuri Temirkanov, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic’s performances have been characterized as “thrilling exuberance” (The Washington Post) and “direct, vivid and full of character” (The New York Times). Japanese violinist Sayaka Shoji joins the orchestra for Prokofiev’s melodious Violin Concerto No. 2. Pre-concert lecture by Rich Capparela at 7 p.m.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

American Ballet Theatre - Whipped Cream | March 15 - 19, Performance times vary. Tickets start at $29. A dollop of delightful whimsy, this full-length premiere springs from the imagination of Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and pop surrealist visionary Mark Ryden. A young boy overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop and falls into a delirium. To help the boy escape from his attending physician, the boy dreams of his triumphant rescue by Princess Praline and her court, replete with Princess Tea Flower, Prince Coffee as well as marching Marzipan, concluding in a festive celebration!

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Paper Flowers Card Making | March 16 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Transform a glass bottle into a beautiful vase and make paper flowers to fill it. Participants will learn the technique of making paper flowers and make several in class, then take home extra papers to fill your vase. Fee: Friends, $35; Non-members, $45. You can register on their website.

Contact: RSVP to 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

Mater Dei Festival Concert | March 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $13. The Mater Dei High School Choral Music Program presents an evening of choral music featuring compositions from the Renaissance to today. Joining the Mater Dei choirs is the MDHS Junior High Honor Choir featuring singers from more than 17 different parishes and schools.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Treasure Island

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A painting of Treasure Island, Laguna Beach

Paint Workshop | March 18 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Enjoy a day of painting with friends in the cozy ambience of Seaside Gallery’s Pelican Courtyard. You will be recreating this local seascape with step-by-step instruction. This social painting event provides an engaging way to discover your inner artist. Guests are welcome to bring refreshments and treats to enjoy. No experience is necessary. All the tools for artistry are provided. All ages welcome. You will be painting with acrylic paint on 11-inch by 14-inch by one-quarter-inch canvas panels…ideal for travel. Cancellation is 48 hours prior. Cost: $55

Contact: www.seasidegalleryandgoods.com

Seaside Gallery and Goods, 124 Tustin Ave., Ste. 100, Newport Beach.

Finding Neverland | March 21 - April 2, Performance times vary. Tickets are $29 - $89. This new Broadway musical tells the fascinating story of how Peter became Pan. Based on the Academy Award®-winning film of the same name, it has been brought to extraordinary life by the team behind Shakespeare in Love, Chicago and Pippin.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Finding Neverland

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National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine | March 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30. Founded in 1918, the Grammy-nominated National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is considered one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. They will perform Dvorak: Carnival Overture, Schumann: Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3. Theodore Kuchar, conductor; Alexei Grynyuk, piano. At 7 p.m., there is a pre-concert lecture by Dr. Burton Karson.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto | March 23 - 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. 

Pianist Zhang Zuo makes her Pacific Symphony debut performing Beethoven’s mighty Third Piano Concerto. The Los Angeles Times described the gifted young pianist (affectionately nicknamed “Zee Zee”) as “a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry.” The concert opens with the captivating “Folk Songs for Orchestra” by Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo. Elgar’s intriguing “Enigma Variations” closes the program.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

The Siegel | March 24 - April 23, Performance times and ticket prices vary. Ethan Siegel is in love. Tonight, he’s going to ask Alice’s parents for permission to marry her. There’s just one hitch. Ethan and Alice broke up two years ago – and she’s in a serious relationship with someone else. But Ethan is undaunted. An irresistible comedy about modern love and the need to go back in order to move forward. Directed by Casey Stangl.

Contact: Box office, 714.708.5555, www.scr.org

Segerstrom Stage, South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

King Arthur & The Legend of the Dragon’s Lair | March 25 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets start at $12. Journey back in time to the wondrous kingdom of Camelot, gallant knights in shining armor and fair damsels in distress. With advice from the old wizard Merlin, King Arthur hunts the dragon in a dangerous quest that is the stuff of legend. Will he slay the dragon and save the magic kingdom? You’ll have to see the concert to find out! The gifted young musicians of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra join Pacific Symphony in their annual side-by-side concert including adventurous music from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.” Roger Kalia conducts. Part of Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings, these fun and fascinating 45-minute concerts are designed especially for children ages 5-11. During the Musical Carnival in the concert hall lobby (9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers; 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers), enjoy hands-on activities for children, who can meet Symphony musicians, try musical instruments and participate in thematic activities related to the concert.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Christopher Radko Spring Trunk Show | March 25 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more than 30 years, the Christopher Radko Company has caught the attention of many collectors with their beautiful European, hand-crafted glass ornaments. Each piece is hand painted with exquisite artisanship. Roger’s Gardens will be showcasing the new 2017 collection. Select from a wide variety of styles that can bring the joy of Christmas into any home.

Contact: 949.640.5800, www.rogersgardens.com

Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar.

Painting Class – Poppies! | March 25 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join artist Erin Houghton as she teaches how to see and paint color and simple shapes. Designed for all levels of painters and the non-painter. Her teaching style is fun and relaxed with a motto, “If you can color, you can paint.” Each participant will take home their own painting. Maximum 12 people. Fee: Friends, $35; Non-Members, $45. You can register on their website.

Contact: RSVP to 949.673.2261, www.slgardens.org.

Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Emerson String Quartet

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Grammy®-award winner Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet | March 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. The Emerson String Quartet has accumulated an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than 30 acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. For this special Center anniversary, the quartet returns to perform the West Coast premiere of a new work by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage commissioned for the Center by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting. Turnage has composed numerous orchestral and chamber works and three full-length operas.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Neil Gaiman

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Storyteller Neil Gaiman will delight theatergoers

Neil Gaiman | March 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. “I make things up and write them down,” is the way Neil Gaiman describes his varied art. His popular and acclaimed works, including Coraline, The Sandman, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book have reached audiences of all ages and made Gaiman one of the most celebrated writers of our time. In his live event, “An Evening with Neil Gaiman,” he will tell and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle and generally delight. It will be fun and odd and not like any other evening with Neil Gaiman.” VIP packages are available, which includes a ticket and post-show meet and greet.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

How the Other Half Lives | March 31 - April 30, Tickets: $20. Three couples. Two houses. One stage. This is a classic farce by the genius of English theatre, Alan Ayckbourn. With all the complexities and confusions that every great comedy offers, enjoy a mixture of saints and sinners in a serious of nefarious relationships. Experience humor at its finest as two dinner parties on different nights occur simultaneously, while all along the audience knows the secret that is causing the commotion.

Contact: Box office, 949.631.0288, www.ntaconline.com

Newport Theatre Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Dr., Newport Beach.

Danish National Symphony Orchestra | March 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Founded in 1925, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra is one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras and the world’s leading proponent of the music of Carl Nielsen. Under the leadership of Italian maestro and new principal conductor Fabio Luisi, the orchestra will perform Nielsen’s orchestra showpiece, Helios Overture, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder. Deborah Voight, soprano. Presented by the Philharmonic Society.

Contact: Box office, 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.