Weekend events from our strategic partners, Nov. 10-12

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The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana launches Sunday its latest exhibition, “Empress Dowager Cixi: Selections from the Summer Palace.” The exhibition reconstructs the empress’s everyday life in the Summer Palace, presenting her multi-faceted roles of politician, matriarch and connoisseur of various arts through four different sections and more than 100 objects that have never before been seen in the U.S. Info here.

Conductor Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony perform a “Cathedrals of Sound” program tonight and tomorrow at Segerstrom Concert Hall. The concert features a prelude with the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey and organist Christoph Bull and is climaxed with the orchestra’s first ever performances of Anton Bruckner’s massive Symphony No. 8. Info here.

On Sunday, St.Clair and the ensemble move down the road a bit to perform in the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo. The agenda features Mozart’s final concertos, including the Clarinet Concerto, with clarinetist Joseph Morris, and the Piano Concerto No. 27, with pianist Benjamin Pasternack. Info here.

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts presents two performances of “Chess — The Musical” at Irvine Barclay Theatre over the weekend. Written by members of the pop group ABBA, this iconic 80’s musical develops the game of chess into a metaphor for political and romantic intrigue. Info here.

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