The 24th Street Theatre is celebrating Dia de los Muertos online, Monday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. PST. Special guests at the virtual festival will include Aztec dance troupe Huitzilopochtli, ballet folklórico Sol de Fuego, and Emmy-winning actor Edward James Olmos.
The On-Impulse Actors are offering live, socially distanced outdoor theatre Nov. 13-14 in Lake Forest with “Awakening in the Forest: The Souls of Spoon River Return.” I believe this program of monologues from Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology,” presented by Pamela Peak Productions, marks an Orange County first during the pandemic.
Three-time Grammy-winning American violinist Hilary Hahn has emerged from a year-long sabbatical, to headline The Orange County Philharmonic Society’s recently begun Fall 2020 season. She’s part of their inaugural lineup of virtual Artists-in-Residence. Hahn, who last appeared here in 2015 with the L.A. Philharmonic courtesy of OCPS, will showcase her technical expertise in fresh programs curated specifically for this residency.
Hahn will offer intimate, virtual performances Saturday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m. (The concerts will be available on demand, streaming for one week after the concert date.) On Nov. 14, she’ll perform the solo violin parts of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K.219, in a perspective she likes to call “Hahn Solo.”
On Dec. 12, Hahn’s repertoire will include a newly commissioned work by composer Michael Abels (best known for scoring Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning film “Get Out” and the highly anticipated follow-up “Us”); and Auerbach’s “Lonely Suite” for violin and piano, Op. 70, “Ballet for a Lonely Violinist.”
The Danish String Quartet will also be featured by OCPS this fall, performing Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 10 in A-flat major, Op. 118, and traditional folk music (Saturday, Nov. 7). The quartet is as passionate about Scandinavian folk tunes as it is about Mozart and Beethoven; its acclaimed albums “Wood Works” and “Last Leaf” focus on the common ground between classical music and folk songs.
The Philharmonic Society’s Triumph Over Adversity Festival (Dec. 8-13) is a free series of virtual concerts and community outreach offerings advocating for social change on and beyond classical music’s stages. Spotlighting musicians as well as composers from marginalized communities, concerts will feature works by composers such as Gabriela Lena Frank, Tania León, Valerie Coleman, and David Baker, including works commissioned for Anthony and Demarre McGill, who will curate the festival.