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Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, originally called Orange County Performing Arts Center, is a performing arts complex located in Costa Mesa, California, United States, which opened in 1986. The Center's Segerstrom Hall and Judy Morr Theater were designed by Charles Lawrence and opened in 1986. The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Samueli Theater and the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center opened in 2006,[1] and were designed by Cesar Pelli, an architect who has received numerous awards and other honors for his work including the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1995.[2]

Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Full nameSegerstrom Center for the Arts
Former namesOrange County Performing Arts Center
Address600 Town Center Drive
LocationCosta Mesa, California
Coordinates33°41′34″N 117°52′53″W / 33.692674°N 117.881499°W / 33.692674; -117.881499Coordinates: 33°41′34″N 117°52′53″W / 33.692674°N 117.881499°W / 33.692674; -117.881499
OperatorPublic, non-profit organization
TypePerforming arts center
CapacitySegerstrom Hall: 6,800
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall: 2,000
Samueli Theater: 375
Judy Morr Theater: 250
Julianne and George Argyros Plaza
Opened1986 (1986)
Expanded2006 and 2017
ArchitectCharles Lawrence
César Pelli
Pacific Symphony
Philharmonic Society of Orange County
Pacific Chorale
Exterior night view of Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

It is the artistic home to three resident companies: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale.

Performance facilitiesEdit

  • Segerstrom Hall, 6,800-seat opera house-style theater appropriate for Broadway musicals, ballet, large productions.
  • Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 2,000-seat traditional concert hall with William J. Gillespie Concert Organ (C.B. Fisk Opus 130). It has 4,322 pipes and 75 stops, including 57 individual voices, 4 manual keyboards with 61 notes each., 1 pedal keyboard with 32 notes.
  • Samueli Theater, the 375-seat multi-functional facility.suitable for jazz, cabaret, theater and special events.
  • Judy Morr Theater, located in the Center for Dance and Innovation, a250-seat hall primarily used for rehearsals space by ballet companies and as the primary studio for the ABT Gillespie School.
  • Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, 46,000-square-foot (4,300 m2) area with restaurant,permanent stage, public seating and picnic areas.

In addition, the Education Center includes the Studio Performance Space and Boeing Education Lab. The Center is home to the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities, Leatherby's Café Rouge, George's Café, Plaza Cafe and two private donor rooms.

Orange County Museum of ArtEdit

The Orange County Museum of Art has announced plans to build a new facility on the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus.

South Coast RepertoryEdit

The Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory is also located on the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus. It is widely regarded as one of America's foremost producers of new plays

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Description of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall Archived 2013-08-31 at the Wayback Machine on Retrieved 24 November 2013
  2. ^ Background on Caesar Pelli Retrieved 24 November 2013

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