March O.C. Events: Classical and Jazz Concerts, Festivals, and More

Alicia Henry, “Analogous III,” 2020. Acrylic, thread, yarn, dyed leather. Courtesy of the artist

Virtual Events in March

Through March 20
For this exhibit, artists Dennis Delgado, Alicia Henry, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Titus Kaphar, Whitfield Lovell, and Lava Thomas created unexpected and unconventional depictions of Black subjects through drawings, performance art, prints, sculptures, and digital art that challenge traditional methods of portraiture. All of the works will be available for viewing through a virtual tour, and all related performances and lectures will be prerecorded and shared through the college’s website. Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine, 949-824-2787,

Originally founded in 1934, this piano trio has long been recognized as the top chamber ensemble from the Czech Republic. The current group—with Jan Talich on violin, Jan Pálenícek on cello, and Jitka Cechová on piano—has performed across the world and recorded 11 albums. The musicians will perform works by Beethoven, Dvorák, and Novák. Philharmonic Society of Orange County, 949-553-2422,

Undergraduate students in UC Irvine’s music department will perform as soloists and in small groups in this virtual jazz concert. Announced and conducted by Kei Akagi, a professor in the department and acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, the show will be livestreamed via the school’s website. Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine, 949-824-2787,

A classical pianist who has been performing in concert halls since he was 10, Li has played in venues ranging from the White House to Carnegie Hall. After he received the silver medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, he began performing with philharmonics around the world, including a stint as the soloist in the Russian National Orchestra’s 2019 U.S. tour. He’ll play compositions by Beethoven and Chopin in this virtual concert. Philharmonic Society of Orange County, 949-553-2422,

Kiah, a singer-songwriter, has a sound that’s inspired by bluegrass, Celtic music, alternative rock, folk, country, and blues and calls her genre-bending style “Southern Gothic alt-country blues.” A member of Our Native Daughters, which received a Grammy nomination in 2019, Kiah will play and participate in a Q&A discussion about her music and its multicultural influences in this livestreamed performance. Musco Center for the Arts, 714-997-6812,

This violin duo, composed of Mioi Takeda and Lynn Bechtold, has given concerts and participated in music festivals across the globe and released a debut album in 2018. In this virtual performance, they’ll play new works from Jean-Baptiste Favory and UC Irvine professor Mari Kimura, as well as a piece Bechtold composed. Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine, 949-824-2787,

Felder continues his series of one-man shows performed live from Italy with this exploration of the life of Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini, taking a close look at how the women in his life influenced the ones he created for the stage. The show will include music from Puccini’s most famous operas: “La Bohème,” “Tosca,” and “Turandot.” Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach, 949-497-2787,

Journalist Victoria Lautman will introduce viewers to the stepwells of India in this live Zoom lecture. The subterranean structures were built for more than a millennium to harvest water, but became obsolete in the 1800s. Lautman documented the stepwells for her book, “The Vanishing Stepwells of India,” and will discuss the history and current state of the structures. Bowers Museum, 714-567-3600,

Six-time Grammy Award nominee Bronfman will perform Debussy’s “Suite bergamasque” and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Nos. 7 and 23 in this virtual concert. The classical pianist regularly performs with symphonies around the world and won a Grammy for his recording of Bartók’s three piano concertos with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Philharmonic Society of Orange County, 949-553-2422,

The virtual festival celebrating the first day of spring and all it symbolizes—rebirth, growth, and fresh starts—will feature dance and music performances, art projects, and a recipe. The event will be livestreamed on the Bowers’ Facebook page starting at 11 a.m. Bowers Museum, 714-567-3600,

In-Person Events

More than 200 varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomato seedling plants, along with many types of peppers, will be available at this ninth annual event. Tomato experts will participate in livestreamed talks and Q&As to give advice on how to get the most out of your plants. Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar, 949-640-5800,

Get outdoors and let your creative instincts flow with instructor David Jarvinen from The Mosaic Guys, as he leads a five-hour class working with porcelain and glass tiles at Sherman Library & Gardens. Class size is limited, participants must wear a mask, and all supplies are included (members, $115; nonmembers, $125).  Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949-673-2261,

Ongoing Online Events

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens,
The center’s website features videos of recent gallery installations and several “Casa Kids” activities for home, from virtual story time to instructions on how to make a fairy garden and ideas for art projects.

Chance Theater,
The theater continues to host its regular series of “Chance Cyber Chats,” in which actors, directors, producers, and dramaturges who’ve worked with the theater lead panel discussions. The theater’s video series, “Chance Encounters” and “Some Good News O.C.,” continue as well.

Laguna Art Museum,
Together with Laguna Beach Live!, the museum features concerts in the galleries that it livestreams through its website. Recordings of past shows are available for viewing at

Laguna Playhouse,
The playhouse regularly presents video on demand of plays, musicals, and radio plays. Past offerings have included “The Outsiders” and “The Gin Game.”

Musco Center for the Arts,
Musco launched its spring lineup of live-streamed conversations with performers, playwrights, choreographers, and scholars of the arts in January.

Orange County Museum of Art,
Virtual exhibits feature video art and photo galleries. The “In the Studio” video series provides behind-the-scenes looks at the home studios of artists like Alexandra Grant, Marsia Alexander-Clark, and Kyungmi Shin.

Pacific Symphony,
The website hosts a collection of videos of past performances. Concertmaster Dennis Kim continues to host weekly “Symphony Mixers,” extended online chats with musicians, composers, directors, and other insiders.

Soka Performing Arts Center,
The center began hosting a series of virtual concerts this spring and also began offering videos of full performances that took place in the concert hall.

South Coast Repertory,
The theater’s #Commissioned video series, featuring actors interviewing South Coast Repertory-commissioned playwrights, delves into the process of writing and developing a play. Playwrights interviewed include Lauren Yee and Kemp Powers, who co-wrote Disney/Pixar’s “Soul” and recently saw his play “One Night in Miami” adapted into a movie.

Ongoing In-Person Events

City National Grove of Anaheim,
Drive-In OC concerts featuring DJs, bands, and comedians continue. Every car can listen to the show via the PA system or the FM radio; meal kits, snacks, beer, wine, cocktails, and soda are available for purchase and are delivered to your car. Recent past performers have included Tribal Seeds, Dirtybird, and Gareth Emery.

The Frida Cinema,
The cinema’s ongoing “Pop-Up Drive-In” series offers drive-in movie screenings of classic and popular movies—everything from “Taxi Driver” to a “Kill Bill” double feature—in venues across O.C., including the Zion Lutheran Church and School in Anaheim and the Mess Hall in Tustin.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts,
Outdoor movies return to Argyros Plaza on March 5. Bring your blankets and a picnic, and enjoy the films Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. This month’s lineup includes “Hidden Figures,” “The Lego Movie,” “Roman Holiday,” and “Hello, Dolly!

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