New Orange County Hall to Open with Kirov Ring, World Premieres

Classic Arts News   New Orange County Hall to Open with Kirov Ring, World Premieres
The Ren_e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Orange County, California, will open in September 2006 with a five-week festival featuring Wagner's Ring cycle and world premieres by William Bolcom and Philip Glass, the Orange County Performing Arts Center announced.

The $200 million Segerstrom Concert Hall, the latest addition to OPAC, will be the home of the Pacific Symphony.

The Ring, performed by the Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Opera, will be the first ever staged in the Los Angeles area (Los Angeles Opera's Ring, which was previously scheduled for fall 2006, has been moved back to 2009). Gergiev will also bring the Mariinsky Theatre's other resident companies: the Kirov Ballet, which will perform Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake, and the Kirov Orchestra.

The new hall will open with two concerts by the Pacific Symphony, led by music director Carl St. Clair, on September 15 and 16, 2006. The programs will include a new song cycle by Bolcom, based on poems by Federico Garc‹a Lorca, sung by tenor Plšcido Domingo; and Glass's The Passion of Ramakrishna, a work for orchestra and voices.

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