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Orange County celebrates Chopin's Bicentennial

The Laguna Playhouse's “Monsieur Chopin” honors the life and legacy of the famed composer
The Laguna Playhouse's “Monsieur Chopin” honors the life and legacy of the famed composer

Today, March 1, marks the two-hundredth anniversary of Frederick Chopin’s birth. The brilliant Polish composer is remembered as one of the best pianists of all time, and his birthday is being celebrated with special concerts and activities throughout the world. Classical music lovers here in Orange County may wish to check out some of the following entertainments:

Canadian actor/pianist Hershey Felder brings his one-man show, “Monsieur Chopin,” to the Laguna Playhouse through March 7. The accomplished performer, who has staged similar productions about Beethoven and Gershwin, reenacts a piano lesson that Chopin gave on March 4, 1848 in Paris, just days after France’s February 1848 revolution. For ticket information, contact:

Orange County’s own Vijay Venkatesh will perform four selections by the master composer in “An Evening With Chopin,” on March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Saddleback Room of the Mission Viejo Library. For more information, check:

The Los Angeles Philharmonic takes the stage of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa on March 28 at 3 p.m. in a special concert featuring Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, played by Emanuel Ax. Tickets range from $40 to $250. For further information, check:

In honor of the great romantic musician, former piano students may wish to consider refreshing their skills at the “Little Chopin Piano School” in Garden Grove. Call (714) 636-0836 for lesson prices.

And finally, what better way to celebrate a birthday than with a cake? The “Chopin Bakery,” at 1330 South Magnolia Ave. in Anaheim, may have just what you’re looking for! Call (714) 821-9900‎, for information about musically-inspired desserts!