May 20, 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.
Laguna Playhouse revives the legendary musical that looks inward at the hard-working and hard-dreaming background performers that make Broadway dance MORE
♦ Music ♦
Orange County’s biggest and most prestigious arts organizations rub shoulders with each other in an impressive Costa Mesa cultural campus that’s been decades in the making. The Orange County Museum of Art will join their ranks when it opens later this year next to Segerstrom Concert Hall.But there’s been little significant collaboration among those groups over the years. South Coast Repertory, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the many groups that perform there, including Pacific Symphony and the Pacific Chorale, conduct their seasons separately — which is, after all, typical of the signature performing arts companies in most American cities.

This weekend, though, we’ll be treated to something concrete: a production that brings together South Coast Repertory, Pacific Symphony and the Pacific Chorale in a novel creation called “Mozart & Salieri.” Based on “Amadeus,” Peter Shaffer’s hugely popular 1979 play, it tells the story of Mozart’s genius, career struggles and tragic demise through the eyes of a Viennese rival, composer Antonio Salieri.
♦ Food ♦
From breakfast bowls to bagels and brunch in between, our food columnist reports on a trio of morning concepts launching this month.
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.
♦ Local Spotlight ♦
You can get moving with your friends out on the Argyros Plaza with this fun, low-cost, energetic introduction to the moves that have been made world-famous by Indian cinema MORE
♦ Wallet Friendly ♦
This new and unique free exhibition at Huntington Beach Art Center uses the ubiquitous shoe to interrogate ideas about fashion, sustainability, and design, with cash prizes for the artists who make the most intriguing contributions MORE
♦ For the Family ♦
A fast 45-minute concert for all ages celebrates the melodies you know and love from Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars and more MORE
♦ Wildcard ♦
Cello Madness has been wowing audiences in-person and online with the underappreciated versatility of this classic instrument since their Bay Area debut 10 years ago, and are now making their Southern California debut at OC Music & Dance MORE
"I am so appreciative of Arts Orange County which played a big role in securing relief funds during the COVID-19 for our arts community. The dedication and endless effort truly touches me. They are the champion!"
- Charles Zhang,
Arts Patron
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.