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The Crowd: It's the Year of the Horse, of course, of course

January 31, 2014|By B.W. Cook
  • Tiffany & Co. celebrates the 2014 Lunar New year with the Tiffany Twist horse charm in 18 karat yellow gold.
Tiffany & Co. celebrates the 2014 Lunar New year with… (Tiffany & Co. )

Welcome to the Year of the Horse. The Lunar New Year debuts Friday. Last week in the O.C., the Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles, Ambassador Liu Jian, traveled to Costa Mesa to cut a ribbonand front opening ceremonies for the Lunar New Year celebrations at South Coast Plaza.

Hundreds of guests converged upon Jewel Court, sampling gourmet Asian cuisine and signature cocktails. The crowd enjoyed performances by members of the Zhejiang Cultural Festival from China's Zhejiang Province.

A roster of upscale South Coast Plaza merchants will participate in Lunar New Year celebrations, including the venerable Tiffany & Co., offering unique creations that will honor the Year of the Horse.

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Music in the air

Across the plaza from Year of the Horse festivities, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County joined forces with the culturally motivated South Coast Plaza executive team to sponsor a most unusual art installation in the Eileen Fisher Boutique.

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On the eve of Jan. 23, artist, inventor and musician Trimpin unveiled an installation of a deconstructed baby grand piano suspended from a tripod and rigged to play Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" when movement in its sphere dictates the keys to perform.

Sponsored by O.C. music patrons including Corona del Mar's dedicated Sharon McNalley, Deborah and Richard Polonsky, the Shanbrom Family Foundation and the Segerstrom Foundation, the event is raising funds for the youth education programs of the Philharmonic Society. The exhibition will run through Feb. 20.

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Romance in the making

O.C. native son Matthew Morrison, a talented singer and actor best known for his lead role as Mr. Schuester on the Fox Network series "Glee," will appear in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall from Feb. 13 to 15 for a special concert billed as "Valentine's Day with Matthew Morrison."

Morrison is an Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe nominee who has been seen in such Broadway musicals as "Hairspray," "Footloose" and "The Light in the Piazza."

Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman will lead the Pacific Symphony backing up Morrison, whose repertoire will include romantic ballads such as "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing," "All the Things You Are" and Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me."

Tickets are $35 to $185. Find out more by calling (714) 755-5799 or go to http://www.pacificsymphony.org.

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International mingling

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