A rising star of classical music, performances by not one but two major dance companies and an entomological extravaganza top our short list of cultural offerings this weekend. Before you go, remember to call or check online for booking conditions and other COVID-19 protocols.
“OVO” by Cirque du Soleil
Acrobats, aerialists, and more, dressed as brightly colored insects, frolic and frolic in this traveling production from the Montreal-based company known for its high-flying, jaw-dropping shows. Microsoft Theater, LA Live, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Downtown LA 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday; other dates until May 1st. $44 – $230. cirquedusoleil.com
“Wagner, Mendelssohn + Brahms”
Up-and-coming violinist Randall Goosby joins guest conductor Roderick Cox and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. The program also includes Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll” and Brahms’ Serenade No. 2. Royce Hall, UCLA, 10745 Dickson Court, Westwood. 8 p.m. Saturday. Also at Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Sunday. $25 to $133. laco.org
Martha Graham Dance Company
The legendary troupe returns to SoCal with a program that includes the world premiere of “The New Canticle for Innocent Comedians,” inspired by a long-lost Graham work from the 1950s and featuring a jazzy new score by pianist-composer Jason Moran performed by alt-classical ensemble Wild Up. Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 8 p.m. Saturday. $41 to $86. thesoraya.org
The famous American Ballet Theater also takes the stage with a trio of short programs: a celebration of the musical styles of beloved crooner Tony Bennett, a tribute to legendary composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein and a world premiere commissioned by the famous choreographer Alonzo King. Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 7:30 p.m. from Thursday to Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. $39 to $129. scfta.org
13th Annual Nowruz Celebration
Celebrate the Iranian New Year with the return of this free, family-friendly festival presented by the Farhang Foundation. Performers include the Ava Choir, LA Daf Ensemble, Melieka Fathi Dance Company, Firuze Dance Company, plus puppets, storytelling, tasty treats and more. UCLA, 10745 Dickson Court, Westwood. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. farhang.org
The Los Angeles-based Pacific Opera Project – aka POP – stages Tchaikovsky’s one-act musical drama, with blind soprano Cristina Jones in the title role of the blind princess whose father, the king, kept her down isolated and unaware of both her blindness and her royal status. Sung in Russian with English surtitles. Aratani Theater, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, 244 San Pedro St., Little Tokyo, Downtown LA 3 p.m. Sunday; also 7:30 p.m. on March 26 and 3 p.m. on March 27. $12 – $60; VIP tickets (opening night only): $100. pacificoperaproject.com
“A Midsummer Night’s dream”
Echo Theater Company arrives in Elysian Park with the troupe’s ‘theater truck’ to perform a free, family-friendly 40-minute version of Shakespeare’s Sylvan Fantasy. Elysian Park, Angel’s Point Picnic Area, 929 Academy Road, LA 3 p.m. Saturday; also on March 26. Picnics and picnic blankets encouraged. echotheatrecompany.com
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