Top Things to Do in O.C.: Oct. 12-18

A roundup of exciting performances coming to Orange County this week.

OCT. 13

RANDY OTTO AS WINSTON CHURCHILL
Otto, a seasoned keynote speaker and actor, has been portraying Winston Churchill for audiences around the world for more than 40 years. In this one-man show with music and audio-visual elements, he brings the struggles and lessons of Churchill’s time to the present day. After the show, the audience is invited to participate in a Q&A with Otto, still in character as Churchill. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

 

OCT. 14

JUDY COLLINS
The “Big Hits & Spellbound” features the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter celebrating her 60-year career and performing her most popular songs alongside tunes from her latest release, “Spellbound,” her 55th album. Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949-480-4278, soka.edu

 

OCT. 14 THROUGH 16

“SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM”
Turning the spotlight on the lyricist and composer behind so many Broadway hits—from “West Side Story” and “Gypsy” to “Sweeney Todd” and “Into the Woods”—the multimedia show features musical numbers from Sondheim’s most popular shows along with video and archival commentary from the man himself. Curtis Theatre, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, 714-990-7722, curtistheatre.com

 

OCT. 15

DURUFLÉ + HAGEN
Accompanied by the Pacific Symphony, the Pacific Chorale sings a work by composers Maurice Duruflé and Jocelyn Hagen that was inspired by Gregorian chant and the writings and art of Leonardo da Vinci. As the singers perform, a documentary film by Isaac Gale and Joseph Midthun featuring da Vinci’s work, and the art that he inspired, plays in the background. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-662-2345, pacificchorale.org

Photograph Courtesy of Soka Performing Arts Center

OCT. 15

BOOKER T. JONES—60 YEARS OF GREEN ONIONS
“Green Onions” was the first song Booker T. & the MGs recorded. An instrumental composition, it was released in 1962 and sold more than a million copies, years later landing on Rolling Stone’s top 500 songs of all time. It was a fitting start for organist Booker T. Jones, who went on to win four Grammy Awards and was eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949-480-4278, soka.edu