Could one pitfall of expansion at the Orange County Performing Arts Center be scenes of pre-curtain zigzags as eventgoers scurry to find the right venue?
Come September 2006, the new Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is scheduled to open, complementing the existing auditorium, Segerstrom Hall, which is right across the street. Both are named in honor of shopping mall magnate Henry T. Segerstrom and his family, who over the years have contributed 12 acres and more than $60 million to building the Costa Mesa center.
For the sake of user-friendliness, might some more differentiated nomenclature be in order?
Queried on the matter before a recent ceremony announcing opening-month programming at RHSCH and its older sister hall, Henry Segerstrom said he did not foresee substituting any convenient shorthand.
"I don't think so. We're referring to it as the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall." But couldn't that be confusing in tandem with Segerstrom Hall? "We all learn quickly," Segerstrom said.