- By Ken Werther
Things will be hopping this month at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa! The fantastic variety of entertainment guarantees something for everyone. Attractions will include Jimmy Buffet’s Broadway musical Escape to Margaritaville; trumpet player extraordinaire Chris Botti; Grammy Award-winning violinist Midori and renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet; the renowned Vienna Piano Trio performing a program of Haydn, Ravel, and Mendelssohn; singer/songwriter/pianist Kandace Springs; and much more. There are even free (!) events geared toward entertaining the entire family (folk/pop singer Kelli Fernando; San Diego-based singer/guitarist Devan M; the annual Pacific Symphony Lantern Festival; and Mardi Gras on the Argyros Plaza). What can be better than the words, “Free – No Tickets Required?”
Escape to Margaritaville (2/4–9) is colorful and fun … how can you pass up a show that features a song called “Cheeseburger in Paradise?” (Also, keep an eye out for productions of Chicago and Les Misérables in the spring!) For all you romantics out there, Grammy Award-winner Chris Botti will share his internationally acclaimed trumpeting expertise in a special Valentine’s Day concert (2/14 & 15). Giving three performances at the end of the month (27/28/29), Augustin Hadelich will perform Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Paganini was considered to be one of the first ‘rock stars’ of classical music and possibly in league with the devil. That fact alone would get me on the 405 headed to OC. How about you?
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