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Cerritos Center's 2009-10 performing arts season announced

May 27, 2009 |  7:00 am

SarahChang The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts will offer a slightly belated Valentine for classical music aficionados in its 2009-10 season, with a concert by the Russian National Orchestra  on Feb. 20 and a matinee recital by violinist Sarah Chang on Feb. 28, with a Feb. 17 prelude of chamber music from Germany's Atos Trio.

Other ensembles include Musica Angelica, led by conductor Martin Haselbock (March 26), the all-sibling Ying Quartet (Jan. 8), the String Orchestra of New York City (April 24), the Pacific Symphony performing a Halloween family matinee (Oct. 25) and the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra and Harlem Quartet, both devoted to showcasing the talents of young black and Latino musicians (Oct. 24).

Also on tap are recitals by sitar player Kartik Seshadri (May 8), cellist Lynn Harrell and pianist Jon Kimura Parker (March 26) and the Israeli American pianist Pnina Becher (Nov. 18).

Robert Kapilow's "What Makes It Great?" talk-and-performance series delves into Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" (Jan. 27) and Schumann's Piano Quintet (March 3), then takes a detour into the Great American Songbook with the music of Cole Porter (May 5).

Opera buffs can take in a touring production of "Don Giovanni" by the Mozart Festival Opera (Nov. 6-7),  Teatro Lirico D'Europa's "La Traviata" (Feb. 12-13) and a Sept. 30 recital by soprano Christine Brewer, who was hailed last year by Times music critic Mark Swed for mustering "a robust sound that mixed sweetness, power, glory and consolation -- a thrilling combination," during a performance of Richard Strauss' "Four Last Songs" with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players will perform "H.M.S. Pinafore" (April 30-May 1).

Cerritos will offer a troika of contemporary dance programs, with a double bill of  Liss Fain Dance and Canada's Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (Nov. 13), L.A.'s Lula Washington Dance Theatre (Feb. 6) and Danish Dance Theatre (April 23).

 The season's Broadway series offers "The Rat Pack Is Back!" (Oct. 9), "The Wedding Singer" (Nov. 20-22), "Avenue Q" (Jan. 29-31) and "The Drowsy Chaperone" (March 5-7).

"Miss Saigon" star Lea Salonga sings a benefit for Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (Oct. 18), and Darren Williams and Dale Kristien ("Phantom of the Opera") share a concert stage with special guest Bill Hutton (Feb. 7).

-- Mike Boehm

Photo: Sarah Chang performs in 2006 with conductor Jiri Belohlavik. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times