Music to your ears? You must be thinking of the Susi Q in April!

This April, the Susi Q will be hosting three musical events, each of which is guaranteed to fill up fast, so act now to reserve your spot.

Begin the season with the free “Spring Swing” Concert featuring the Laguna Beach Community JaZz Band on April 18 from 6-8 p.m. Under the direction of Lynn Olinger, the popular event also features the talented, vocalist Ginger Hatfield.

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Ginger Hatfield

Hatfield explained why she believes that swing is so enduringly popular. “The swing beat is infectious, and the songs are romantic and fun,” she said. “Our show is a big dose of positivity that all ages respond to. Even folks just walking by add a swing to their step!”

The vocalist began her singing career as a youngster. “My first vocal solo in front of an audience was as part of Mrs. Mudge’s kindergarten chorus at Aliso Elementary School. I was so petrified that a classmate was assigned to walk up to the front of the stage with me,” said Hatfield, who joined the JaZz Band in 2007.

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Laguna JaZz Band 

The “Big Band” is a traditional 18-piece jazz band featuring five saxophones, four or five trombones, four trumpets, piano, bass, guitar, drum-set and aux percussionist.

To register for the Spring Swing Concert, click here.

Excitingly, the Susi Q’s wildly successful partnership with Lyric Opera of Orange County continues in April with the presentation of Verdi’s Falstaff. The lecherous Falstaff finally meets his match when his underhanded plans to solve money troubles have the three Merry Wives of Windsor conspiring to teach him a lesson.

“We knew this hysterical and timeless tale was a great way to end an amazing first season with Susi Q! It’s full of incredible music, lots of laughs and one of the most iconic fugues of all time where each of the 10 characters sing simultaneously,” said Diana Farrell, Lyric Opera of Orange County’s artistic director/president.

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Lyric Opera of Orange County’s cast of “The Marriage of Figaro” from last year’s Susi Q’s performance

Lyric Opera of Orange County’s operas are presented in a concert format, with minimal to no staging or costumes, but with piano accompaniment. English supertitles appear on Susi Q’s large flatscreen TVs to aid the audience in following the narrative backbone of the opera.

Featuring an all-star cast of performers, Falstaff takes place on Wednesday, April 24 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Susi Q Center, 380 Third St. A token fee of $5 secures your registration for this popular event. Register by clicking here.

Before attending the Falstaff presentation, you might want to bone-up on opera by attending Maestro Jeffrey Briar’s free Music Appreciation Class: Spotlight on Opera, which will take place on Thursday, April 11 between 3 and 4:30 p.m.

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Members of Lyric Opera of Orange County

With accomplished pianist/composer Jeffrey Briar at his keyboard, learn about opera’s place in musical history – composer’s influences, social factors and how each masterpiece has stood the test of time.

“Once you have learned to love opera, it can touch you more deeply than just about any other form of art. It can inspire profound feelings and thrill you in ways you can hardly imagine,” Briar said. Register by clicking here.

Visit www.thesusiq.org, or to RSVP by phone, call 949.715.8105, or email christineb@thesusiq.org.

The Susi Q offers a wide range of educational and fun programs, classes and clubs for older adults – though all ages are welcome. The Susi Q’s Care Management Department provides free consultation, education and practical resources for vulnerable seniors, enabling them to stay safe, informed and independent. For more information on The Susi Q, the portal to access the best of Laguna’s community resources, visit www.thesusiq.org.


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