Top Things to Do in O.C.: Oct. 19-25

A piano concerto, comedic play, and more events to check out this week.

OCT. 20 THROUGH 22

TCHAIKOVSKY PIANO CONCERTO
Pianist Claire Huangci plays Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto to start this Pacific Symphony concert, which also includes performances of Brahms’s Fourth Symphony and “Luz Eólica” from Altar del Viento by Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz. A concert preview talk begins at 7 p.m. each night. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-755-5788, pacificsymphony.org

 

OCT. 20 THROUGH 22

CHRIS MANN
Mann is a singer, songwriter, and actor. On the heels of his successful run on “The Voice” in 2012, he released 4 EPs, a live album, and a studio album—and followed that up playing the Phantom in a traveling production of “The Phantom of the Opera.” In 2020, his music parodies, including “My Corona” and “Hello (From the Inside),” went viral, collecting more than 300 million views. Samueli Theater, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

Photograph by Jay Blakesberg, Courtesy of Irvine Barclay Theatre

OCT. 21

KRONOS QUARTET WITH MAHSA VAHDAT
Since its inception in 1973, the Kronos Quartet has performed in concert halls and festivals around the world, released more than 60 recordings, commissioned more than 1,000 works from a wide array of composers, and recorded music featured in numerous films. The musicians have also made a point of reflecting societal and cultural issues. They’ll perform with vocalist Mahsa Vahdat, a well-known singer of Persian music. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

 

OPENS OCT. 21

“DEATH BY DESIGN”
This comedy follows playwright Edward Bennett and his wife, actress Sorel Bennett, who leave London in the wake of their play’s disastrously unsuccessful opening night. But even in the country, they can’t escape, and soon their home is full of guests: a politician, a socialist, an ingenue, and a modern dancer. When one of them is murdered, the maid is left to solve the crime. Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949-489-8082, caminorealplayhouse.org