July 18, 1997 |
The Orange County Performing Arts Center had a banner fund-raising year in fiscal 1997 but the lowest paid attendance ever, officials of the county's largest cultural institution reported Thursday. Total paid attendance at center-presented programs averaged 69.5% of capacity for 2,994-seat Segerstrom Hall and 300-seat Founders Hall combined, down from 74.3% in fiscal 1996 and considerably lower than the overall average of 86.5% since the nonprofit, privately funded center opened 11 years ago.
September 15, 1997
Seventy-nine arts groups have been awarded a total of $786,250 in grants from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The grants, for fiscal year 1997-98, fall into three categories: the National/State/County Partnership, the Arts Organization Stabilization Initiative and the Organizational Grant Program. Top recipients include the Los Angeles Philharmonic ($111,600), the L.A.
June 27, 1992 |
Orange County's municipal arts and cultural programs, many of which have been trimmed repeatedly over the past two recession-plagued years, could receive their heaviest blows yet if the state makes good on threats to dip heavily into city revenue to help offset an $11-billion budget deficit. Gov. Pete Wilson and Democratic leaders in the Legislature, having passed a June 15 deadline on passing the budget, remain deadlocked with no agreement in sight.
April 20, 1992 |
The lingering recession has created a "quiet crisis" in the performing arts that is prompting the Orange County Performing Arts Center to cut the number of events it presents by at least 20% and scale back its budget slightly for 1992, center officials announced late last week. The economic slump has caused arts organizations nationwide to cancel tours, postpone or scotch new works or fold entirely, thereby diminishing the range and number of productions available, center president Thomas R.
January 3, 1992 |
It was a coup for a rising young orchestra: the Southern California premiere of a major new work, John Corigliano's First Symphony. "I'm extremely proud that we did it," said Louis G. Spisto, executive director of the Pacific Symphony, which performed the work at two subscription concerts in December. "It is important for an orchestra to do these things." But Spisto says the Pacific's ability to pull off such events is beginning to suffer under the nation's deepening recession.
October 28, 1992
The Cultural Affairs Commission has approved eight arts grants for 1992-93 that were appealed for technical reasons. The grants totaled $70,000 and ranged from $15,000 to the California Traditional Music Society (to produce the 13th annual Summer Solstice Folk Music & Dance Festival) to $5,000 each for the California West Coast and New Art Assn. (toward publication of the New Art Examiner) and the Los Angeles Solo Repertory Orchestra (for projects with students and senior citizens).
September 5, 1992 |
Orange County arts groups stand to receive nearly 30% less California Arts Council money than last year, partly because of state budget cuts and partly because some organizations have deteriorated in the eyes of the council. According to figures released Friday, CAC advisory panels are recommending 14 local groups for a total of $202,838 this year, down from $285,409 in 1991-92.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1993 |
A proposal to cut off city funding of cultural activities was rejected this week on a 3-2 vote of the City Council. Councilman Robert F. Dinsen had sought a one-year moratorium on fees that the city imposes on developers to help finance cultural activities. He said the fees should be relaxed to help attract businesses. "We have quite a few chunks of vacant land, and we should ease things on developers and get something done," Dinsen said. Councilman Bruce A.
June 17, 1993 |
Despite the cancellation of its 1993 outdoor summer season, GroveShakespeare received a vote of confidence from the City Council even as the last remnants of the Grove's board of trustees decided to seek protection from creditors under federal bankruptcy laws. At the same time, a dissenting council member has charged that the theater company "mishandled" funds awarded by the city in April.
February 23, 1993 |
Facing a decline in the number of touring orchestras, the Orange County Philharmonic Society on Monday announced a scaled-back 1993-94 season at the Performing Arts Center. The new season includes only eight orchestral concerts at the hall. These are in addition to a five-program series recently approved after three weeks of controversy over the center's opposition to the society's plan to bring in such non-orchestral performers as the Chieftains and Les Ballets Africains.