Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Exterior view of Segerstrom Hall in 2007
Former namesOrange County Performing Arts Center (1986-2011)
Address600 Town Center Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1916
TypePerforming arts center
Capacity2,994 (Segerstrom Hall)
1,704 (Segerstrom Concert Hall)
600 (Samueli Theater)
260 (Morr Theater)
OpenedSeptember 29, 1986 (1986-09-29)
  • 2006
  • 2017
Pacific Symphony
Philharmonic Society of Orange County
Pacific Chorale
Venue Website

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts (originally called Orange County Performing Arts Center) is a performing arts complex in Costa Mesa, California, United States, which opened in 1986. Designed by Charles Lawrence, the Center's Segerstrom Hall and Judy Morr Theater were completed that same year. The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Samueli Theater, and Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center opened in 2006.[1] They were the work of architect Cesar Pelli, the recipient of numerous awards and professional honors, including the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1995.[2]

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

Facilities edit

Exterior night view of the concert hall

Venues edit

Segerstrom Hall, a 2,994-seat, opera house-style theater, is the campus' largest facility and often the venue for Broadway musicals, ballet, and other large productions. Adjacent to Segestrom Hall is the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, a 1,704-seat theater-in-the-round and home to the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ (C.B. Fisk Opus 130), which has 4,322 pipes and 75 stops, including 57 individual voices, four manual keyboards with 61 notes each, and one pedal keyboard with 32 notes.

Housed in the same building as the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is the Samueli Theater, a 375-seat, multi-purpose facility. Named for Henry Samueli, who donated US$10,000,000 to the Segerstrom complex.[3] It is suitable for jazz, cabaret, theater, and special events. The Judy Morr Theater, located in the Center for Dance and Innovation, is a 250-seat hall that serves primarily as ballet-company rehearsal space and as the primary studio for the ABT Gillespie School.

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

Julianne and George Argyros Plaza is a 46,000-square-foot (4,300 m2) area with restaurants, a permanent stage, public seating, and picnic areas.

Orange County Museum of Art edit

The Orange County Museum of Art broke ground on a new primary facility at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus on September 20, 2019.[4] The 53,000 square feet (4,900 m2) structure was designed by Morphosis Architects and was topped off on October 6, 2020, with a virtual ceremony held.[5][6]

The new museum opened on October 8, 2022.

South Coast Repertory edit

The Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory[7] 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.[citation needed]

See also edit

References edit

  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
  3. ^ "Samueli Theater". Henry Segerstrom. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  4. ^ Chang, Richard (September 20, 2019). "O.C. Museum of Art Breaks Ground on New Home at Segerstrom Center for the Arts". Voice of OC. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  5. ^ Ludwig, Ashley (October 7, 2020). "Orange County Museum Of Art Tops Out, Raises Over $53 Million". Patch Newport Beach-Corona Del Mar. Patch Media. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  6. ^ Walter, Alexander (October 5, 2020). "Morphosis-designed Orange County Museum of Art tops out". Archinet News. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  7. ^ "The SCR Story". South Coast Repertory. Retrieved 2023-01-27.

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