Celtic Woman concert headlines busy weekend at Segerstrom Center for Arts

Looks like a wonderful weekend of music and dance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

Celtic Woman will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday in Segerstrom Hall. The new concert showcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Eabha McMahon and breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill performing music from the forthcoming Voices of Angels album.

This live concert experience features all new stage designs, stunning wardrobes, superb choreography and the magnificent arrangements of timeless Irish traditional and contemporary standards in the group’s award-winning signature style. A true celebration of an incredible journey that has captivated millions, don’t miss Celtic Woman live in concert!

In the dozen years since its 2005 debut, global musical sensation Celtic Woman has emerged as both a formidable multimedia presence and a genuine cultural phenomenon. The group’s albums and DVD releases have been consistent multi-platinum best-sellers, and its concert tours continue to touch the hearts of a devoted audience that spans the globe.

In concert, their angelic voices and instrumental virtuosity are accompanied by a robust ensemble that includes Irish dancers, bagpipers and a full band playing an array of traditional Celtic instruments, including bodhran, 2 tin whistle, bouzouki and Uileann pipes.

Celtic Woman continues to transcend national and cultural boundaries to celebrate the timeless emotion of Ireland’s centuries old heritage. A one-of-a-kind live act, Celtic Woman combines the country’s finest musical talents with epic stage production to present a uniquely inspiring live experience.

Tickets begin at $49, but as usual check for senior rush tickets beginning at noon the day of the performance. If available, seniors can enjoy the show for only $20, cash only at the box office an hour and a half before the show.

No curtains. No limits. Just dance, 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Center. Anaheim Ballet presents #NoFilter, a unique unfiltered ballet performance in an intimate and immersive audience setting.

Dancers display world-class athleticism and artistry demanded by the ballet art form, but without the safety net of curtains or a backstage. The audience will be immersed in the lives of ballet dancers and leave inspired by these artistic athletes.

This #NoFilter performance includes a repertoire of both classic and contemporary pieces in a one act presentation. Highlights include the legendary Ben Stevenson’s “Three Preludes”, Sarma Lapenieks Rosenberg’s powerful “Rwanda Remembered”, and several dynamic classics re-interpreted for this unique event. Multimedia presentations will give the audience an even deeper peek into the creative process.

Anaheim Ballet is the official resident ballet company for the City of Anaheim. Tickets start at $20.

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Orange County School of the Arts will perform its season finale 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $30.

This dynamic finale performance will showcase the school’s artistically gifted students in a compilation of this year’s best presentations. Student performances and works of art from each of the school’s conservatory programs will be featured.

As one of the premier arts schools in the nation, OCSA embraces and encourages artistic creativity and academic excellence. This innovative public charter school offers students the opportunity to focus on one of the 14 arts conservatories offered, and participate in one of the top high school academic programs in Orange County.

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Compared to the likes of Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix, ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro is bringing his lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques to Orange County for an enthralling evening of jazz, pop and funk 8 p.m. Saturday in the Segerstrom Concert Hall.

One of the world’s most exciting and innovative ukulele players and composers, Jake redefines ukulele music—performing everything from traditional Hawaiian tunes to covers of popular hits like George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

“Shimabukuro has elevated this simple, four string, two octave instrument to a classical artform. He is able to cross a range of genres with ease, using skills appropriate to each. He produces string sounds resembling an acoustic tenor guitar that mix flamenco, classical, blues, and acoustic rock.

Tickets begin at $20.

On Sunday at noon, enjoy a special celebratory event for the MACY Awards in Segerstrom Hall. You will see two dozen of the best school musical performances from the past year.

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And 44 local high schools and 1,800 students will be awarded for their musical theater performances. Two top students will be chosen to compete in The National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York.

The $100 tickets help support scholarships of which $85 will be tax deductible. Regular admission begins at $20.

The MACY Awards, founded in 1969 is dedicated to encouraging and rewarding achievement and excellence in high school musical theater. It is the oldest judging organization of its type in the nation.

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