Midori, Peter Serkin in OCPAC Series


Violinist Midori and pianist Peter Serkin will appear separately as part of an expanded chamber-music and orchestral concert series sponsored by the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.

The series, to take place mostly in Founders Hall, will consist of 11 events, an increase of three over this season's series, which concludes Sunday with "Haydnfest III," featuring the Angeles String Quartet.

Until now, most of the center's programs in this series have been chamber-music performances in 299-seat Founders Hall. An exception this season was pianist Emmanuel Ax's recital last month. The last orchestra the center presented was the Met Orchestra in 1995. The Philharmonic Society of Orange County brings the majority of visiting orchestras that play Segerstrom Hall.

Midori will appear in recital in Segerstrom Hall on Nov. 12, while the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, led by Iona Brown, will play there March 7. Serkin will give a recital in Founders Hall on Jan. 28.

Subscriptions, to go on sale July 26, are $230. Tickets to individual concerts, at prices to be announced, will go on sale four to six weeks before the event. Performances are at 8 p.m. in Founders Hall except as noted. Information: (714) 556-2787, Ext. 240.

The 1998-99 season:

* Oct. 11: Shanghai Quartet, with Richard Young, viola: Mozart's Quartet No. 21, K. 575; Bright Sheng's Quartet No. 3; Brahms' String Quintet No. 2. (4 p.m.)

* Nov. 12: Midori, violin; Robert McDonald, piano: Mozart's Sonata in A, K. 526; John Corigliano's Sonata (1963); Brahms' Sonata No. 1. (Segerstrom Hall)

* Nov. 21: Les Violons du Roy; Bernard Labadie, conductor: works by Handel and Bach.

* Dec. 17: Musica Angelica: works by Bach, Monteverdi, Biber, Byrd, Praetorius and Hildegard von Bingen.

* Jan. 15: American String Quartet, with Brian Dembow, viola: Schubert's Quartet No. 13; Bartok's Quartet No. 4; Mozart's String Quintet in G minor, K. 516.

* Jan. 28: Peter Serkin, piano: works by Mozart, Chopin, Wagner, Debussy, others.

* Feb. 21: Moscow-based Chorovaya Akademia; Alexander Sedov, conductor: sacred and secular vocal music by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.

* March 7: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, 4 p.m.; Iona Brown, director: Mozart's Divertimento in D, K. 136; Purcell's Chaconne; Britten's "Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge" (Segerstrom Hall).

* March 14: Emmanuel Pahud, flute; Manuel Barrueco, guitar: program to be announced. (4 p.m.)

* April 11: Mendelssohn String Quartet, with Robert Mann, viola, and Bonnie Hampton, cello: Sextet from Strauss' "Capriccio"; Brahms' Sextet in G; Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence." (4 p.m.)

* April 15: Vellinger Quartet: Schubert's Quartet in G minor, D. 173; Haydn's Quartet, Opus 50, No. 6; Britten's Quartet No. 3.

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