Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Fred Hersch and ETHEL

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Fred Hersch and ETHEL for one night only with two performances in Samueli Theater on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording artist. He has been proclaimed “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair and “a living legend” by The New Yorker.

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Fred Hersch

A 15-time Grammy nominee, Hersch has regularly garnered jazz’s most prestigious awards, including recent distinctions as a 2016 Doris Duke Artist, 2016 and 2018 Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalist Association, and the 2017 Prix Honorem de Jazz from L’Acádemie Charles Cros for the totality of his career.

He has long set the standard for expressive interpretation and inventive creativity in a stunning variety of settings, whether through his exquisite solo performances, as the leader of one of jazz’s era-defining trios, or in eloquent dialogue with his deeply attuned duo partners.

Hersch’s performance will include selections from his 2022 album Breath by Breath, his first album ever pairing jazz rhythm with string quartet. Breath by Breath draws inspiration from the pianist’s longtime practice of mindfulness meditation, centered on the new eight-movement “Sati Suite.” The album is a recognition that meditation has been a way for Hersch to align his daily existence with the enlightened state he reaches while playing the piano.

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Grammy award-winning ETHEL

For his long-awaited return to Samueli Theater, Hersch will be joined by the Grammy-winning ETHEL, a quartet consisting of four composer/performers – Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello) and Corin Lee (violin) – who fuse uptown panache with downtown genre mashup.

Tickets start at $69 and are available at online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit

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