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Quetzal

"Quetzal is a cool and classy band… Rich songwriting, enchanting arrangements, and serious musicianship… As a group they exude a lovely and irresistible spirit." — Los Angeles Times From the ashes of Los Angeles’ 1992 rebellion/riots arose a collective of East Side musicians committed to respectfully continuing the legacy of over 70 years of Chicano Rock. Quetzal forges a sound that will simultaneously make you dance and contemplate change, a sound as rich and complex as their pluri-ethnic barrio experience. Standing on the shoulders of giants like Lalo Guerrero, Ritchie Valens, Cannibal and The Headhunters, The Brat, Los Lobos, and many others, Quetzal has created a path that has earned them the title of “one of Los Angeles’ most important bands." - Los Angeles Times, TICKETS Full Price: $30 *Senior, Student and Active Military: $27 *Must select the Will Call option when purchasing discount tickets. A valid ID is required to be presented at the Box Office to receive discount tickets.     . Event Type: Performing Arts Center. Saturday, November 16, 2019, 8:00 PM. Soka Performing Arts Center 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

Pacific Symphony Plays Mozart & Brahms with Simone Porter

Carl St.Clair, conductor Simone Porter, violin Acclaimed violinist, devoted chamber musician and Soka favorite, Simone Porter joins Carl St.Clair to kick off the series with a festive work by Mozart and Brahms' only violin concerto. MOZART              Overture to The Marriage of Figaro BRAHMS              Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 TICKETS Full Price: $45/$60/$75/$85 *Senior, Student and Active Military: $40.50/$54/$67.50/$76.50 *Must select the Will Call option when purchasing discount tickets. A valid ID is required to be presented at the Box Office to receive discount tickets.  Artists, programs, dates and times subject to change,  . Event Type: Performing Arts Center. Sunday, November 17, 2019, 3:00 PM. Soka Performing Arts Center 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

Soka University's Free Community Cinema and ITVS present the documentary "The First Rainbow Coalition"

THE FIRST RAINBOW COALITION by Ray Santisteban (ITVS) Free Admission In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party began to form alliances with the Latinx Young Lords Organization and the white southern Young Patriots. Banding together in one of the most segregated cities in post-war America, the Rainbow Coalition changed the face of 1960's Chicago politics and created an organizing model for future activists and politicians. Themes: civic engagement and community organizing; multi-ethnic coalition and community building; police and community relations; housing equity; racism and classism. Panel discussion to follow. Campus Location: Pauling Hall 216. Event Type: University-Wide. Contact: tcrowdertaraborrelli@soka.edu. Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit itvs.org.

Passion: Emily Uematsu & Milena Kitic

Presented by Parnassus Society Enjoy an evening of beautiful selections of works performed by critically-acclaimed artists violinist Emily Uematsu and mezzo-soprano Milena Kitic. Leading the Parnassus Chamber Orchestra is Stephen Karr, co-founder and music director of Pacific Opera Project. Parnassus Chamber Orchestra Stephen Karr, Conductor Emily Uematsu, violin Milena Kitic, mezzo-soprano MOZART                 Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro TCHAIKOVSKY       Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35                                            Emily Uematsu, violin Intermission BIZET  Habanera: "L’amour est un oiseau rebelle" from Carmen  BIZET  Seguidilla: "Près des remparts de Séville" from Carmen                                           Milena Kitic, Mezzo-Soprano MENDELSSOHN   Symphony No. 4 "Italian" General Admission Full Price: $25 *Senior, Student and Active Military: $15 *Must select the Will Call option when purchasing discount tickets. A valid ID is required to be presented at… Event Type: Performing Arts Center. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 7:00 PM. Soka Performing Arts Center 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

The Lucky Band

"... indie pop-rock for seriously groovin' families ..." – Chicago Tribune Emmy Award and Latin Grammy Award-winner The Lucky Band (Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis) creates indie music sounds that are rooted in their whimsical and child-friendly imaginations. Their songs have an incredible range of music, including bossa nova, rock & roll beats, lively electric guitars, drums and horns as well as kazoos and toy pianos, and are aimed at exploring all of the joyous wonder of a young person’s life. TICKETS Full Price: $5 Children (12 years old and under)/$15 Adults *Senior, Student and Active Military: NA *Must select the Will Call option when purchasing discount tickets. A valid ID is required to be presented at the Box Office to receive discount tickets.     . Event Type: Performing Arts Center. Sunday, November 24, 2019, 3:00 PM. Soka Performing Arts Center 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

36th SUA Student Music Recital

Free and Open to the Public Sponsored by the Creative Arts Program. Campus Location: Performing Arts Center. Event Type: Undergraduate Program - BA. University-Wide. Contact: golden@soka.edu. Friday, December 6, 2019, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM.

Behzod Abduraimov

“This is a pianist who has it all: silky delicacy, mighty thunder-power, rare clarity and the ability to draw a remarkable variety of tonal colors from the instrument. All this is combined with a technical finesse…” – The Seattle Times Behzod Abduraimov’s performances combine an immense depth of musicality with phenomenal technique and breath-taking delicacy. There is already great acclaim for this phenomenal young pianist: in the words of one critic, he’s “a super-virtuoso capable of real, delicate musicality.” But it’s his personal energy – the combination of super-charged skill and poetic freshness that makes him perfectly suited for this varied program.  CHOPIN                24 Preludes, Op. 28 DEBUSSY             Children’s Corner MUSSORGSKY     Pictures at an Exhibition, TICKETS Full Price: $45/$55/$65/$75 *Senior, Student and Active Military: $40.50/$49.50/$58.50/$67.50 *Must select the Will Call option when purchasing discount tickets. A valid ID is required to be presented at the Box… Event Type: Performing Arts Center. Saturday, December 7, 2019, 8:00 PM. Soka Performing Arts Center 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

Celtic Christmas: "Outlander" & "Titanic" Piper Eric Rigler & Dirk Freymuth

As the weather cools and yuletide fast approaches, what better way to bring in the spirit of the holidays than to treat the family to a truly exceptional holiday show. "World's Most Recorded Piper" Eric Rigler famously the piper from the TV series “Outlander,” and who performed on Braveheart and Titanic soundtracks, and "Amazing Grace" at President Ronald Reagan's funeral, teams up with guitarist Dirk Freymuth (Kottonmouth Kings) to create a soundscape of Celtic spirit and energy. Featuring a mixture of traditional Celtic music, themes from Eric’s film & television soundtracks, and songs from the Christmas tradition – both familiar and lesser-known pieces from the British Isles and Ireland – the evening will deliver a sublime musical experience. Featuring Eric on Irish uilleann pipes, Scottish small-pipes & whistles, Dirk on acoustic guitar, and special guest Nuala Kennedy from Dundalk, Ireland on vocals & flute, this will be a magical evening to help you and your family to usher in the holiday season!… Event Type: Performing Arts Center. Sunday, December 8, 2019, 3:00 PM. Soka Performing Arts Center 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

The Aliso Niguel High School Orchestra Program Presents: A Solo and Ensemble Concert

Featuring the orchestra program’s finest students in solo and ensemble performance, as well as special performances by the program’s top large orchestra ensemble. TICKETS Full Price: $14 Senior, Student and Active Military: $8,    . Event Type: Performing Arts Center. Friday, January 17, 2020, 4:30 PM. Soka Performing Arts Center 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

Pacific Symphony Plays Mozart with Benjamin Smolen & Dennis Kim

Carl St.Clair, conductor Benjamin Smolen, flute Dennis Kim, violin This concert is truly a Pacific Symphony family affair. Joining Maestro St.Clair in this all-Mozart program is Pacific Symphony’s Concert Master Dennis Kim and Benjamin Smolen who holds the symphony’s Valerie and Hans Imhof Principal Flute Chair. MOZART              Flute Concerto in G Major                                          Benjamin Smolen, flute MOZART              Violin Concerto No. 3                                          Dennis Kim, violin TICKETS Full Price: $45/$60/$75/$85 *Senior, Student and Active Military: $40.50/$54/$67.50/$76.50 *Must select the Will Call option when purchasing discount tickets. A valid ID is required to be presented at the Box Office to receive discount tickets.     . Event Type: Performing Arts Center. Sunday, January 19, 2020, 3:00 PM. Soka Performing Arts Center 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

Ranky Tanky

“Soulful honey to the ears.” - NPR “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” “Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God,” and is used to describe a culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. In this spirit this Charleston, SC based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah - from playful game songs to joyful shouts, from wrenching spirituals to soft lullabies – and mixes traditions of the Lowcountry with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk and R&B. TICKETS Full Price: $35 *Senior, Student and Active Military: $31.50 *Must select the Will Call option when purchasing discount tickets. A valid ID is required to be presented at the Box Office to receive discount tickets.     . Event Type: Performing Arts Center. Saturday, January 25, 2020, 8:00 PM. Soka Performing Arts Center 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

“Nobody is making better ‘Kid Hop’ than Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.” – NPR Come join a dance party! When the funky beat and the bass groove drop, even the shyest kids get in on the action. The mission of the Grammy Award-winning, internationally-touring, purple velvet tuxedo-wearing, family funk phenomenon, who combines the positive, primal power of hip hop with the surreal storytelling of science fiction, is to celebrate individuality and imagination. TICKETS Full Price: $5 Children (12 years old and under)/$15 Adults *Senior, Student and Active Military: NA *Must select the Will Call option when purchasing discount tickets. A valid ID is required to be presented at the Box Office to receive discount tickets.     . Event Type: Performing Arts Center. Sunday, January 26, 2020, 3:00 PM. Soka Performing Arts Center 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

Harry Allen Trio

"Simply put, Harry Allen has it all. He's consistently reliable, and endlessly adaptable, swinging and inventive, thoughtful and resourceful, smooth and bold." - Jazz Times   Harry Allen’s been described as a throwback since his choice of material is jazz standards. If you like your jazz music played the way it was “meant” to be played: with confidence, straight-forward and without fussiness or frivolity, beautifully, and with the melody that the saxophone up front, then this is a concert not to be missed! Harry Allen, tenor sax Ehud Asherie, piano Chuck Redd, drums, TICKETS Full Price: $35/$45 *Senior, Student and Active Military: $31.50/$40.50 *Must select the Will Call option when purchasing discount tickets. A valid ID is required to be presented at the Box Office to receive discount tickets.     . Event Type: Performing Arts Center. Saturday, February 1, 2020, 8:00 PM. Soka Performing Arts Center 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

The 5th Dimension

"[The 5th Dimensions’] voices and harmony are stronger, more emotional and as meaningful, perhaps more meaningful than when they first became hits…” – White Plains Citizens In 1967, a little-known vocal group called The 5th Dimension recorded the song “Up, Up and Away” which catapulted the group to instant stardom. Countless magazine covers, world tours and several Grammys later, The 5th Dimension is recognized as one of the most prolific soul, R&B groups in musical history. Remaining true to their original, five-part harmonic sound, The 5th Dimension, with original member Florence LaRue, continues to deliver dynamic performances, and has secured its position in the Grammy Hall of Fame, with 14 gold records, six platinum records and six Grammy Awards. TICKETS Full Price: $35/$45/$55/$65 *Senior, Student and Active Military: $31.50/$40.50/$49.50/$58.50 *Must select the Will Call option when purchasing discount tickets. A valid ID is required to be presented at the Box Office to receive discount… Event Type: Performing Arts Center. Saturday, February 8, 2020, 8:00 PM. Soka Performing Arts Center 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

Daniil Trifonov

“…without question, the most astounding pianist of our age.” – The Times of London Grammy Award-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov – “one of the most spectacularly virtuosic pianists of the day” (The New York Times) – has made a spectacular ascent in the world of classical music as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer. Combining the consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe that leaves audiences astounded. BACH/BRAHMS                  Chaconne BACH/RACHMANINOV      Prelude, Gavotte, and Gigue BACH/LISZT                        Fantasia & Fugue in G minor BACH                                  The Art of Fugue, TICKETS Full Price: $45/$60/$75/$85 *Senior, Student and Active Military: $40.50/$54/$67.50/$76.50 *Must select the Will Call option when purchasing discount tickets. A valid ID is required to be presented at the Box Office to receive discount tickets.     . Event Type: Performing Arts Center. Sunday, February 9, 2020, 3:00 PM. Soka Performing Arts Center 1 University Drive Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.