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The Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents the Orange County premiere of Evolution, a new production by world-renowned taiko drumming troupe Kodo, on Sunday, February 10, 7 p.m., at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts.  

Evolution is a program of large-scale works performing on a wide variety of drums with impeccable precision, from the Katsugi Daiko (or “portable taiko”) drums to timpani to the massive 660-pound o-daiko drums. The show also highlights dance, song and bamboo flute performances, and incorporates surprising visual effects.

Following its premiere in August 2016 at Suntory Hall in Tokyo as one of three Kodo 35th Anniversary Commemorative Concerts, Evolution toured extensively throughout Japan and Europe. The 2019 North American tour will be the first time this work is presented in the Americas.

The touring company of Evolution features 16 Kodo members: fifteen full and one junior. Within the company, there are four women, and two members born in the United States: Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga, a member since 2016 from Michigan, and Taiyo Onoda, a junior member since 2018 from California. Program repertoire below.

Ticket prices start at $28 and are available at the Philharmonic Society box office at 949.553.2422, online at, and at the Center box office at 714.556.2787.

A limited number of box seats are also available for purchase. Call for pricing and availability.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, is at 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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