November 2021 O.C. Events: Concerts and More

November 2021 O.C. Events: Concerts and More
Ballet Hispanico photograph by Susan Bestul

NOV. 11
BALLET HISPÁNICO
The New York City dance company has performed for more than 3 million people in 11 countries over its 50-year history. It will present three works here: Vicente Nebrada’s “Arabesque,” Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Tiburones,” and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s “18+1.” Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

NOV. 3
JERUSALEM QUARTET WITH PINCHAS ZUKERMAN AND AMANDA FORSYTH
Grammy Award-winning violinist Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth, former principal cello for Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, join the Jerusalem Quartet for this concert. The husband-and-wife duo will perform works by Bruckner, Brahms, and Dvorák. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 949-553-2422, philharmonicsociety.org

NOV. 5
CHRISTIAN JAMES HAND: THE GENIUS OF QUEEN’S “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY”
The KLOS-FM radio host took music lovers through Beatles songs at Samueli Theater in early 2020. In this show, he’ll lead audiences through the elements of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” by playing the individual tracks of the actual studio recording: drums, bass, guitars, piano, and Freddie Mercury’s vocals. Samueli Theater, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

NOV. 5 AND 6
DAVID FOSTER
One of the most successful record producers in history, Foster has written songs for everyone from Gloria Estefan to *NSYNC to Earth, Wind & Fire. He has also produced multiple gold and platinum albums, won 16 Grammys, and created the soundtracks for “The Bodyguard” and “St. Elmo’s Fire.” He’ll be accompanied by the Pacific Symphony. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-755-5788, pacificsymphony.org

NOV. 7
GIPSY KINGS
The musical group that popularized rumba flamenco first formed in 1978 and hit the Latin pop charts with “Bamboléo” and “Volare.” The musicians have been nominated for the Grammy for Best World Music Album five times, winning for their 2013 album, “Savor Flamenco.” City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-712-2700, citynationalgroveofanaheim.com

NOV. 9
DAVID SEDARIS
Known for his wit and his unique insights into the human condition, the writer and humorist’s bestselling essay collections have been published in more than 25 languages. He writes regularly for The New Yorker, produces radio stories for “This American Life,” and has written a number of plays with his sister Amy Sedaris. He released his most recent book, “A Carnival of Snackery,” in October. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

NOV. 9 THROUGH 14
“JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR”
This revival of the hit 1971 musical tells the story of the last weeks of Jesus’s life from Judas’s perspective. With new choreography from Drew McOnie, who worked on “King Kong” and “Strictly Ballroom,” the show features Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s famous score, including the iconic songs “Superstar” and “I Don’t Know How to Love Him.” Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

NOV. 11 THROUGH 13
MENDELSSOHN’S VIOLIN CONCERTO
Pacific Symphony teams with guest conductor Teddy Abrams and violinist Rachel Barton Pine for this program combining contemporary and time-honored music. Starting with Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Concertino Cusqueño,” the concert will continue with Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Caroline Shaw’s “Entr’acte” and conclude with Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.” Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-755-5788, pacificsymphony.org

NOV. 12
MODIGLIANI QUARTET
One of the most sought-after chamber orchestras in the world, this quartet has toured the globe, playing venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, and the Paris Philharmonic. The quartet will play selections from Mozart, Bartók, and Schubert. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-553-2422, philharmonicsociety.org

NOV. 12
AN EVENING WITH FATHER GREG BOYLE
The Jesuit priest and bestselling author founded Homeboy Industries more than 30 years ago, and it’s now the largest gang rehabilitation program in the world. He has spoken around the country, received honors from the White House, and was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. Chapman University President Daniele Struppa will join the conversation. Musco Center for the Arts, 415 N. Glassell St., Orange, 714-997-6812, muscocenter.org

NOV. 18
POSTMODERN JUKEBOX
Pianist Scott Bradlee created this musical collective in 2011 when he brought together five fellow musicians to record “A Motown Tribute to Nickelback.” A decade later, the group continues to recast modern pop songs as swing, ragtime, and jazz tunes. The group has covered songs by everyone from Katy Perry to Bruno Mars and featured more than 70 performers in shows around the world. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

OPENS NOV. 19
“SAM HYDE HARRIS, SEEING THE UNUSUAL”
A painter based in Los Angeles from 1904 until his death in 1977, Harris was best known for his desert landscapes. He also worked as an artist for advertising agencies, and this exhibit, curated by Maurine St. Gaudens and Joseph Morsman, includes fine and commercial art. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

NOV. 20
PARSONS DANCE COMPANY
Founded by choreographer David Parsons in 1985, this contemporary dance troupe is known for the athleticism of its dancers and the joy and energy it brings to its performances. The company has performed across the globe; this show marks the troupe’s Segerstrom Center debut. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

NOV. 20
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS AND RICKY MARTIN
With three Grammy Awards and nine platinum albums between them, these two pop superstars are known around the world. Fans can expect to hear hits like “Bailamos” and “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” along with songs from the singers’ recent albums: Martin’s “Pausa” and Iglesias’ “Final.” Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-704-2500, hondacenter.com

NOV. 20
STEVE TYRELL
The jazz singer made his name performing “The Way You Look Tonight” and “The Sunny Side of the Street” in the movie “Father of the Bride.” His nine studio albums feature jazz standards and routinely top the jazz charts. He has also hosted a radio show on Kjazz 88.1 every weeknight since 2015. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 949-553-2422, scfta.org

NOV. 21
TRIO BARCLAY
The Barclay Theatre’s ensemble-in-residence features Dennis Kim on violin, Jonah Kim on cello, and Sean Kennard on piano. The group made its debut in June; in this concert, the trio will play Paul Schoenberg’s “Café Music,” Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, and a world premiere from Jie Wang. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

OPENS NOV. 26
“STRIKING 12”
A grumpy New Yorker worn out by the holiday season gets a visit from a door-to-door saleswoman promising to pull him out of his funk in time for New Year’s Eve in this pop-rock musical. Witty and offbeat, it’s a holiday show for people who hate holiday shows. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 714-777-3033, chancetheater.com

NOV. 26 THROUGH 28
CHRISTMAS WITH THE ALLEY CATS
This four-man doo-wop group has been Jay Leno’s opening act for seven years and has
performed with the Coasters, the Drifters, and the Beach Boys. They’ve also performed for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and at the White House. In their annual Christmas show, they perform holiday favorites in a 1950s style. Curtis Theatre, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, 714-990-7722, curtistheatre.com

OPENS NOV. 26
“A CHRISTMAS STORY”
Based on the classic movie, this play tells the story of Ralphie, a 9-year-old who fantasizes about getting a Red Ryder Range 200 Shot BB gun for Christmas, even though his mother tells him he’ll shoot his eye out. The stage show features all the novelty lamps, pink bunny pajamas, and playground bullies fans of the film could hope for. Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949-489-8082, caminorealplayhouse.org

NOV. 29
“CHRISTMAS FROM A CELTIC TABLE”
Traditional Irish dancing, storytelling, singing, and music celebrate the Christmas season in this show. The family-friendly performance features Irish actor Sheelagh Cullen and a cast of singers and dancers from Ireland. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

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