February 3, 2018 in Segerstrom Hall
Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Tony Award® and Emmy-winning performer Kristin Chenoweth for one-night-only on Saturday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall.
The renowned actress and singer will perform a collection of beloved songs from stage, film, and her most recent release The Art of Elegance, her first album of American Songbook classics. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Jazz and Traditional Jazz charts, and #1 on Amazon’s Vocal Pop chart. Chenoweth also returned to the stage in her limited engagement MY LOVE LETTER TO BROADWAY, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, receiving rave reviews. In 2015, Chenoweth earned a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for her lead role in Roundabout Theatre Company’s On the Twentieth Century, again receiving rave reviews. She also received nominations for a Tony Award in the category Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical and a Drama League Award.
Tickets for Kristin Chenoweth start at $59 and go on sale Sunday, September 10 at 10 a.m. and will be available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.
Sunday, March 4, 2018 in Samueli Theater
Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes the Center debut performance of the acclaimed Ebène Quartet on March 4, 2018 at 2:00pm. Since coming to international attention after winning first prize at the ARD Music Competition in 2004, the Ebène Quartet has been thrilling audiences and critics with their superb renditions of classical favorites and arrangements of popular and jazz works.
What began as a distraction in university practice rooms has resulted in one of today’s most praised classical ensembles, renowned for its unique style and fresh approach to the chamber repertoire. The Ebène Quartet won the 2009 Gramophone Awards for both Recording of the Year and Chamber music. Quartet members include Pierre Colombet and Gabriel Le Magadure, violins; Marie Chilemme, viola; and Raphaël Merlin, violoncello.
Single tickets start at $29 and are available online at www.SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.
Winter Wonderfest Offers Kids the Chance to Learn About the Science of Snow with Interactive Exhibits Featuring Real Snow
WHAT: Discovery Cube in Orange County is hosting their annual Winter Wonderfest, beginning December 16-17, 2017 for the opening weekend and open daily from December 22, 2017 through January 7, 2018. This snowstorm of thrills and excitement will offer kids the opportunity to experience a lesson in physics, insulation and how snow is formed through hands-on activities. The holiday exhibit will include sliding down a 75-foot long ramp on inner tubes, a snow play area and real snow sledding. Kids will be provided with tools to play with the snow and build snow castles, snowmen, snow angels, “snow meets science” learning stations and all kinds of other frosty creations. Winter Wonderfest creates an entertaining way to approach education through a day of family bonding during the holiday season.
WHEN: Saturday, December 16, 2017 through Sunday, December 17, 2017 and December 22, 2017 through January 7, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.(Open daily except December 18-21, and Christmas Day)
WHERE: Discovery Cube Orange County Campus: 2500 N Main St, Santa Ana
For more information, call (866) 552-CUBE (2823) or visit discoverycube.org.
Free Performances, Events, Music and Family-Friendly Activities Marked Day-Long Celebration
Segerstrom Center for the Arts opened its new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and Center for Dance and Innovation on Saturday, October 28 with music, dancing, performances, family activities, bands and more from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. More than 10,000 people and families from around the neighborhood and throughout Orange County explored the 56,100-square-foot plaza designed by Michael Maltzan, with its spectacular fountain entry, the grand spiral staircase that wraps around the new Center 360 outdoor café, leading from the Segerstrom Hall terrace to the plaza, shaded seating and dining areas, groves of trees for picnicking and permanent stages for year-round entertainment. The new plaza is named for Julianne and George Argyros, who provided funding for the transformation to the Center’s campus.
The Center for Dance and Innovation and Judy Morr Theater are now reached through a garden-like entrance at street level or from the Segerstrom Hall terrace by a sweeping circular ramp that encircles a fully- grown jacaranda tree and leads to a muraled outdoor terrace. The Center for Dance and Innovation is also home to the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and the Center’s School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities.
Certain things in life I am very grateful for. These things include chocolate, wine, soul music and places like the Doheny Clothing Exchange in Capistrano Beach.
Picture this: racks and racks of men and women’s name brand or designer clothing and accessories, all gently used or sometimes new, at way, way less than the original price. And the beauty of it is I can bring in my own gently used clothing, and trade in for something different and better tting. The owners, mother and daughter team Pamela and Caia take the time to truly inspect each item and because they get new merchandise every day, their store stays fresh and new.
Personally, I love the fact that I can buy jeans here and I don’t have to spend the next few weeks trying to break them in. Plus, I can pick out a funky out t and know it’s not something everyone is wearing. That fact alone makes this place fabulous.
The Doheny Clothing Exchange is located at 34276 Doheny Park Road in Capistrano Beach
“The gypsy cri-i-i-ied…” Lou Christie – The Gypsy Cried
Was the voice you heard a high pitched female alto, a young man crying out in pain, a peacock in heat, or someone trying to imitate a female singer? None of the above! It was one of your favorite artists reaching a new voice level beyond his or her normal range. It was a way to offset the emphasis on bass singing by going beyond the tenor or baritone lead. It would be termed “falsetto.”
Falsetto is most often used in the context of singing to refer to a type of vocal tone that enables the singer to sing notes beyond the vocal range of the normal or modal voice. However, while most people sound comparatively “breathy” or “hooty” when using falsetto production, there are, in rarer cases, individuals who have a much stronger falsetto sound production which has more “ring” to it. Examples of that are Little Joe and the Thrillers song “Peanuts,” and the Paragons, “Florence.”
One of the first songs to transition from a strong bass to a high falsetto while still using a tenor was Dion and the Belmonts, “I Wonder Why.” It gave the music a young sound that sent the message of less maturity and even a pubescent sound that eventually one would expect to crack on the very next note. Dion would continue to utilize the falsetto in songs where he would provide the lead with the Belmonts including” “Where or When,” “That’s My Desire,” and “When You Wish upon a Star.”
While falsetto may be viewed as an “add-on” to many of the songs of the 1950’s and early 60’s, it also must be viewed as a tool that enhances and distinguishes an average song from a hit. Take for instance the song “You Cheated,” by the Shields. The elementary guitar opening and basic four chord progression belies the background falsetto that was added after the recording was completed. Songwriter and arranger Jesse Belvin had stopped by the studio to visit with the Shields and listened to their recording. He recommended a falsetto as background and anonymously overdubbed it himself. The producer and group agreed that it added a haunting value to the sound and combined the tracks, and the rest, as they say, is history.
The use of falsetto was not limited to rhythm and blues. Early Beach Boys songs from “Surfer Girl,” to “In My Room,” and “Fun, Fun, Fun” carried the high notes throughout the song. It would be Jan and Dean that would influence Brian Wilson and his brothers with “Surf City” and “Dead man’s Curve.” Dean Torrence originally perfected his use of falsetto with a nine member doo wop group from University High School in Los Angeles, called the Barons. He can still hit those notes today as the spokesperson for his “Surf City” residence, Huntington Beach.
Falsetto can be seen as primarily a technique that is used by lead singers or backup members for part or all of the song. Many times, the lead singer will sing as tenor for most of the song and then use the high false tenor to trail off at the end of the song or interject it throughout. Falsetto crosses both time and color boundaries throughout the doo-wop years. There are songs produced with double falsetto, spread throughout the song such as in “You Cheated” and used at the end with Norman Fox and the Rob Roys, “Tell Me Why.”
Both women and men are physically capable of using the falsetto register. Prior to research done by scientists in the 1950s and 1960s, it was widely believed that only men could produce falsetto. One possible explanation for this failure to recognize the female falsetto sooner is that, when men phonate in the falsetto register there is a much more pronounced change in timbre and dynamic level between the modal and falsetto registers, than there is in female voices. This is due in part to the difference in the length and mass of the vocal folds of the difference in frequency ranges. However, motion picture and video studies of laryngeal action has proven women can and do produce falsetto.
While scientific evidence has proven that women have a falsetto register, the issue of ‘female falsetto’ has been met with controversy among teachers of singing. Perhaps the quintessential female falsetto voice was Janet Vogel of the Skyliners. Her ability to reach above her normal alto range and pierce the stratosphere or shatter glass makes the falsetto unique and clearly sets her apart from others who may emulate the singer. Listen to both “Since I Don’t Have You.” The engineer was going to fade the song out as lead singer Jimmy Beaumont sang 13 ‘you’s’ at the end of the song. Janet thought that the tape was over and adlibbed an ending that was unbelievable. They all agreed that her falsetto would have to stay! In “This I Swear,” she hit the highest not ever hit, a high D above high C. Not too bad for a 16 year old with nothing but natural talent. As a side note, Jimmy Beaumont passed away in October of 2017 at the age of 76.
Many books on the art of singing completely ignore or gloss over the issue of female falsetto or insist that women do not have falsetto (Roederer, 2013). Artists argue that many young female singers substitute falsetto for the upper portion of the modal voice. Failure to recognize the female falsetto voice has led to the misidentification of young contraltos and mezzo-sopranos such as Vogel, making it easier for these lower voice types to sing in the soprano, using their falsetto register.
Frankie Valli would perfect the falsetto in “Sherry,” “Rag Doll,” and “Dawn,” along with many of his other hits. Still others, such as Roy Orbison could go four octaves and shatter glass with “Blue Angel,” and “Cryin.” Add Jay Siegel and the Tokens with “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” and “He’s in Town,” plus Curtis Lee with “Pretty Little Angel Eyes,” and you get the idea.
At the risk of leaving out someone more deserving, the current king of falsetto must be Lou Christie. His is a pop-opera lyrical falsetto masterpiece in Twyla Herbert’s “The Gypsy Cried,” “Rhapsody in the Rain,” “Lightning Strikes,” “Two Faces Have I,” and a tension building “I’m Gonna Make You Mine,” finally relieved by his wailing falsetto chorus.
You can try it in the shower, or just listen to your favorite music from the 1950’s and early 60’s on 88.5 KSBR HD-2 or ksbr.org and I will take your requests at 949-582-5727. Livin’ the Dream!
Making Your Memories is a commentary on the music of the 1950’s and early 60’s. “Joe D” is an on-air talent for Orange County based KSBR FM 88.5 and is host of “MAKING YOUR MEMORIES” Sunday nights at 10PM. He is also author of “Making Your Memories with Rock & Roll and Doo Wop - -The Music and Artists of the 1950’s and early 60’s.” website: www.making-your-memories.com
Celebrate the arrival of 2018 in spectacular style with Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. You’ll be enchanted by the spirited romance of operetta, the glamour of ballroom dance and the delicate beauty of ballet. Inspired by the tradition of Vienna’s beloved New Year’s Concert, this frothy celebration blends acclaimed European singers and dancers with a full orchestra for a rich cultural experience that will leave you longing to join them on the dance floor.
Fall in love with a musical program that weaves highlights from The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, and The Gypsy Princess with energetic overtures, Strauss waltzes (of course including the Blue Danube), and polkas from Vienna’s Golden Age. This will be an all new Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert, with a fresh cast and program. This holiday season, more than 50,000 concert-goers in 25 North American cities will discover the timeless pleasure of Vienna’s most beautiful music. Experience Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert: a glorious champagne toast to life itself!
Single tickets start at $49 and are available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787.
Last spring, with the “immense assistance of my design and sales team,” Owner Dennis Penman completely redesigned his 11,000-square-foot showroom starting with a new name: Sanctuary Home Furnishings by Renaissance. “We started here in San Juan Capistrano (as Renaissance Home Furnishings), and now we’re back home - to help local home owners design their home to reflect their personality.”
Renaissance Home Furnishings has long been known for their Mediterranean and Spanish Tuscan flair but as trends have shifted and Renaissance becomes Sanctuary Home Furnishings by Renaissance, Sanctuary can now help the Spanish Tuscan homes bring in a cleaner Coastal Transitional feel without requiring a home remodel. “For all the new homes in Rancho Viejo our look is perfect- we can help their homes look like the models.”
Not ironic too, that the heart of the coastal transitional design trend is the word refuge; a perfect synonym for sanctuary. A safe place to rest one’s head. The showroom has an abundance of sofas, sectionals, accent chairs, media chests, accent pieces, bedroom suites, art, mirrors, area rugs and accessories. Most everything on the showroom floor can be delivered straight to the customer’s home.
Having three local manufacturers at its disposal helps immensely. In two to three weeks, Sanctuary can customize, to the inch, a sofa, sectional, or chair to the scale and color palette of the client’s home. “We can fit any room, in any scale and in any fabric color.”
Sanctuary tries to make the customers shopping and buying experience relaxing and not intimidating. At their store they allow clients to come in and peruse without being tracked throughout the store by a “suit with a clipboard.” They want you to take your time, “tush test the seating,” and know the designer is available yet not hovering. Sanctuary offers piece of mind shopping by allowing customers to memo out products they like but aren’t sure it will work in their home they can check out the item(s) to see them in their homes before purchasing.
Most stores would like to be known for low prices but they offer poor quality goods. Sanctuary wants to be known for quality furnishings at low prices. “I think what really sets us apart is our quality, pricing and the ability we have to work with our clients on every level, from design to customization to installation all at low pricing.” Often, Sanctuary Home Furnishings is lower priced than online but if not they will match the price you find.
“We understand that sometimes it takes a little back and forth to make decisions about your home - you may have these furnishings for the next ten or fifteen or twenty years,” says Dennis. “We want to make the process as easy as if you had the choice to redesign every calendar year.” No pressure, with a non-commissioned sales force. Dennis wants every customer to be helped by any available person at anytime - before, during or after the purchase - an attribute to which our family can personally attest.
Sanctuary Home Furnishings is located at 31896 Plaza Drive, Suite E-7 in San Juan Capistrano. Connect with Dennis and his team by calling (949) 248-9772 or visit www.sanctuaryhf.com
Paris in a Cup is a transporting experience. That is to say, once inside, you’re in Paris. Segmented into two unique experiences, Paris in a Cup greets you with a boutique where treasures from France abound (at very reasonable prices), where you can find a little beautiful something for almost anyone: imported and signature lines of tea, handmade cards, aprons, Parisian memorabilia, jewelry, sweets and more. NINA’s teas boasts a 300 year tradition distinguished by a wide range of the finest tea blends - today delicately flavored with pure essential oils, including its popular Marie-Antoinette tea, flavored with apples and roses.
“We are proud to offer these teas freshly brewed at the table, in store and online for purchase to enjoy at home,” says Cheryl. “They also make a very thoughtful gift for the tea connoisseur.”
Keep going and you find the real treasure, a tearoom worthy of the most iconic streets of Paris itself. Chandeliers, original art, glamorous French accents and detail after detail create a rich, stately ambience without being gaudy or overwhelming. It’s an atmosphere ideal for bridal and baby showers, women’s group meetings, corporate luncheons, anniversary celebrations and office parties with a bit of panache.
But half the delight of France is cuisine. Paris in a Cup is, after all, a restaurant. Don’t let the “tearoom” part fool you; their menu arguably outshines the décor (and that’s saying something). In addition to traditional tea and fare (scones, pastries, finger sandwiches), Paris in a Cup offers a full lunch menu of handcrafted soups (try their famous baked potato soup), delectable salads and hearty sandwiches. All their breads are made in-house and the extraordinary desserts are almost as beautiful as they are delicious. If you only take one thing away from Paris in a Cup, perhaps consider making it a macaroon, a treat for which they have become famous; so famous that many proclaim these macaroons to be better than those you might enjoy in Paris.
For visitors, Paris in a Cup is a chance to escape to Paris for an hour or two. For Cheryl, it has been a dream come true and a reason to delay retirement for just a little while longer.
A symphony orchestra is typically comprised of seventy to one hundred musicians. Depending on the work being played and the size of the venue, the philharmonic is comprised of brass, woodwinds, and percussion, sometimes including keyboard or a stand-alone instrument, like a standing harp.
Each piece has its part in the composition. Each piece has its own individual music, the notes blending together to form the symphony’s movements. Each musical note is vital to the performance.
A human body is comprised of six main elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. 60% of those elements makes a body of water. To sustain the symphony that the human body plays night and day - heart rhythm, blood circulation, nerve connection, one must receive the proper amount of nutrients, remain in an environment that is amenable to growth, and avoid injuries or weaknesses that would attack its regular performance. Colonel H.S. Dhinsa has dedicated his life to providing the correct environment for a vibrant internal composition. A voracious reader and trained horseman, the Colonel was born and raised in India. After graduating from his studies as a Veterinarian, he joined the Indian military as an animal vet and became an expert on breeding horses, especially in the areas of fertility and infertility.
A delicate balance, to be sure, the Colonel spent thirty years in the military, perfecting the science behind the body’s own balance, rising through the ranks to become a Colonel. Taking early retirement, he and his wife moved to the United States in 1991. Individual notes in a larger symphony, joining the broad musical sweep of American culture, the Colonel realized how vital it was to alert his new community to the vitamins, herbs, and alternative supplements that could revitalize their health.
Graduating from the American Academy of Clinical Homeopathy was icing on the educational cake. A Master’s recipient of a Nutrition and Reproductive Physiology degree from Denmark added to his extensive background in reproductive physiology, nutrition, and clinical homeopathy. The Colonel began to stack up his experience, looking for an outlet to forge a new path towards health. His opportunity arose in 1999, with the purchase of Health Works Juice Bistro. Housed in Laguna Niguel’s Plaza de la Paz, the Bistro has been Colonel Dhinsa’s “Temple of Healing” for the past 18 years. Present seven days a week to give sage advice to his customers, the Colonel takes pride in the gourmet sandwiches, wraps, soups, wheatgrass shots, and fruit smoothies he provides at Health Works. “We are looking at alternative systems to supplement medical science, and produce a healthy body.”
Without the conductor, a symphony is simply comprised of individual instruments. Single sounds which, without guidance, produce cacophony. Offering free one-on-one guidance to his clients, Colonel Dhinsa is the health composer. Aligning a variety of herbs, medicines, and supplements, his homeopathic cures for yourself or your favorite animal companion will revitalize your internal composition and bring you back to the symphony your own body is capable of. What a sweet sound that is.
Connect with the Colonel by calling (949) 831-9777. Health Works and Juice Bar is located at 27271 La Paz Rd, Suite A in Laguna Niguel.