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Scharoun Ensemble at Irvine Barclay, Beethoven at Bowers, Celtic Woman at SCFTA

Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
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Quick, name the award-winning music group that takes its monicker from an architect. That would be the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, the namesake of architect Hans Scharoun, the man behind the Berlin Philharmonie. It’s a fitting homage; the octet was founded in 1983 by members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and is composed of the orchestra’s principal string and woodwind musicians.

It’s been three seasons since the chamber music ensemble last visited OC; they’ll return Mar. 21 courtesy of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. They’ll touch down at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, where they’ll present the innovative Beethoven Septet, Op. 20—one of the composer’s most successful and popular works. The Scharoun Ensemble will also perform Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings.

The Finale of the Society's multi-season Beethoven: The Late Great project arrives May 15 at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, when the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Daniel Alfred Wachs performs Beethoven's Ninth. Visit or call (949) 553-2422.

Meanwhile at Bowers Museum, Beethoven: The Late Great exhibition (through May 18) features five handwritten manuscripts from the Library of Congress and the Beethoven Center, the life mask of 1812, and his household account leaf, illustrating aspects of Beethoven’s daily life as recorded by his housekeeper. Dean Corey, President & Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Society and curator of the exhibit, discusses his new book on Beethoven at the museum Mar. 28. Visit
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If you like your music green, the global music sensation Celtic Woman returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts on April 1-2 with its latest show, The Emerald Tour, a celebration of Ireland’s rich musical heritage. The show features songs from the Emerald: Musical Gems CD and DVD, including “Mo Ghile Mear,” “She Moves Thru the Fair” and “Caladonia,” “Danny Boy” and “The Voice.” Also featured are new interpretations of “Amazing Grace” and fan favorites from the group’s repertoire of Celtic songs.

Celtic Woman’s vocal and violin virtuosity will be joined by world class musicians, the Aontas Choir, bagpipers and championship Irish dancers, under the direction of Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes, former music director for Riverdance. Visit or call (714) 556-2787.

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