March 11, 2022
Each week, Arts Orange County and Voice of OC are excited to deliver to you this look at the stories and events happening in our arts and cultural community.
Local Arts Spotlight
Dana Point Symphony ushers in the spring with a concert program filled with giants of classical music such as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven MORE
♦ Music ♦
REVIEW: Garrick Ohlsson and Kirill Gerstein meet the challenge of big works by Busoni, Rachmaninoff and Ravel.

Local classical music performers and presenters are beginning to emerge from pandemic hibernation, hoping the spring will last. Soka Performing Arts Center is jumping back into the fray with four classical performances this month, the first of which was Friday night, your reviewer seated centrally, a venue-provided KN95 mask snugly on face, pen and notepad firmly in hand. He hadn’t been inside a concert hall for two years.

The performance brought together two venerable pianists — American Garrick Ohlsson and Russian American Kirill Gerstein — for a program of formidable music for two pianos. It had a can’t-miss kind of vibe to it, in anticipation, but proved only modestly successful in the event.
♦ Food ♦
Our food columnist articulates how COVID has affected both existing and brand new establishments.
♦ Music ♦
Each week, we recommend a variety of events and experiences from the listings at, our free website for Orange County's arts and cultural community. We always suggest you be mindful of the most recent health and safety guidelines in California, Orange County, and the venue for the listing.
♦ Re-Opening ♦
Don headphones at the Argyros Plaza and let the "Silent DJs" inspire you to move at this outdoor dance-a-thon which only the participants can hear MORE
♦ Virtual Visit ♦
The annual celebration of cutting-edge new dance choreography created by UCI faculty and showcasing its students has been filmed and edited for a dynamic online viewing experience MORE
♦ For the Family ♦
Kids create their own original artwork inspired by a multitude of sources in these free afternoon workshops MORE
♦ Extra ♦
The Earl Gordon Trio brings live jazz to the OC Great Park - a perfect accompaniment to the photography exhibit "52nd Street: Jazz and the Photography of William Gottlieb." MORE
"Arts Orange County continues to play a significant role in galvanizing the community around support, participation and advocacy for the arts and arts education."
- Paula Tomei
Managing Director,
South Coast Repertory
Voice of OC is Orange County's nonprofit newsroom with a mission to consistently deliver fair, focused and thorough journalism on critical quality of life and local issues for Orange County communities.
Arts Orange County builds appreciation of, participation in and support for the arts and arts education throughout Orange County. Event information provided by SparkOC, an Arts OC program.