The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

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Monday, March 3

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Segerstrom Center
Considered one of the finest orchestras in the world, the Vienna Philharmonic is known for its unique sound that renowned conductor Bruno Walter said, upon hearing it for the first time, was "a life-altering impression." This experience, shared by millions, has been attributed to the orchestra's use of unusual musical instruments such as the Weiner oboe instead of the French oboe, and the Vienna horn in F, which uses a Pumpenventil instead of a rotary valve like most other orchestral horns, and contributes to the "liquid legato" that is one of the company's trademarks. This single night performance, conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel and featuring soprano Juliane Banse singing Schubert and Mahler, is prefaced by a pre-concert lecture by Dr. Burton Karson and is certain to be a magical evening for all. (SR Davies)

Tuesday, March 4

Walk Off the Earth
House of Blues Anaheim
Walk Off The Earth seamlessly blends together folk and pop elements into a mellow concoction of effervescent, positive vibes that both stimulate and relaxes your ears. The group is formed of five multi-talented musicians and singers from Ontario, Canada who can probably do the simplest acapella rendition of a popular song and still blow you away. Their covers of already-mainstream songs like Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" and Gotye's "Somebody I Used to Know" have already garnered millions of views each, building on their already massive fanbase. With sunny vocal harmonies and an eclectic instrumental arrangement, Walk Off The Earth will definitely steal your heart in the sweetest, enjoyable way. Appearing at House of Blues Anaheim tonight with Parachute and Camera2. (Aimee Murillo)

Wednesday, March 5
Merle Haggard
City National Grove of Anaheim
For many, Merle Haggard's name brings fans back to a time when singers were as gruff and gravely as the topics they sang about. The notoriously hard-living musician eschewed the slicked-up Nashville hit-making machine and became a hero as one of the pioneers of the outlaw country sound. Over the past decade, the "Okie from Muskogee" rolled back the years--he's making music and maintaining a grueling tour schedule (when many of his contemporaries are retired or simply irrelevant). Yet the rough and tumble singer continues to win accolades for playing tight live shows with a strong backing band. As one of the last survivors of the original Bakersfield scene, the 76-year-old keeps chooglin' along, showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.(Daniel Kohn)



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