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April 26, 2007 | Mike Boehm
Tom West is the new vice president of development at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, where job one will be raising about $75 million needed to complete funding for the new Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, along with an additional $11 million or so for annual operations. West, whose hiring was announced Wednesday, spent the last nine years as a fundraiser for the Kennedy Center in Washington, most recently as vice president of development.
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August 23, 2010 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The going remains tough, but the financial outlook is improving somewhat for Orange County's two leading performing arts presenters. The Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County both have announced modest operating surpluses for their recently concluded 2009-10 seasons. At the Costa Mesa performing arts center, by far the largest arts organization in Orange County, the extra $200,000 allowed it to continue chipping away at a $1-million deficit that accumulated during the recent recession.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2010 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The going remains tough, but the financial outlook is improving somewhat for Orange County's two leading performing arts presenters. The Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County both have announced modest operating surpluses for their recently concluded 2009-10 seasons. At the Costa Mesa performing arts center, by far the largest arts organization in Orange County, the extra $200,000 allowed it to continue chipping away at a $1-million deficit that accumulated during the recent recession.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2009 | Richard S. Ginell
Recognizing the reality of China as a rising, major world power, Carnegie Hall built a festival, Ancient Paths, Modern Voices, that is digging deep into the mainstream and back country of Chinese culture this fall. The good news for us is that we don't have to hop a plane to experience it, for Carnegie Hall has taken a partner for the first time, the Orange County Philharmonic Society. That in itself is a recognition of another reality -- that artistic leadership in this country is increasingly coming from the West Coast, and those who still cling to worn-out East Coast biases are missing the boat.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 1995
In chronological order: * "Noises Off," UC Irvine, Irvine Barclay Theatre, April. Looked great, sounded great--but, above all, hit the funny bone. * "Brigadoon," Fullerton Civic Light Opera, Plummer Auditorium, May. Lots of charm. See also Lads and Lasses Award. * "Working," Laguna Playhouse, Moulton Theater, May. Winning performances by a huge cast. See also Blue Collar Award. * "Venus and Adonis," Shakespeare Orange County, Waltmar Theatre, June. Had everything, including Adonis' lusty steed.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 1999
It was with a great deal of interest and not a little dismay I read the article in today's Calendar on fund-raising ("The Delicate Dance," July 13). What is going to happen to the smaller institutions when the big institutions are planning a frontal attack on all the money in the county? With OCPAC and SCR looking to raise millions of dollars, what is the incentive for corporate sponsorship of growing organizations? We struggle for every dollar we raise; we write 10 grants for every one we receive; we use every available dollar to mount productions.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2005
After raising $128.4 million in six years by privately soliciting big gifts from its board members, corporations and other high-rollers, the Orange County Performing Arts Center threw open to all comers on Friday its drive to fund a new concert hall. At a gathering outside the Cesar Pelli-designed venue in Costa Mesa, now 70% built, center chairman Michael Gordon announced that gifts of $1,000 to $25,000 will get the donor a brass nameplate on one of its 2,000 seats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2000
Students with valid identification can purchase low-priced tickets to the Stuttgart Ballet--on a space-available basis--Tuesday through Feb. 6 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Orchestra seating will cost $20; tier seating, $10. Tickets are limited to two per student and can be purchased one hour before curtain time (8 evenings; 2 p.m. weekend matinees). The company will dance mixed repertory, Tuesday through Thursday, and John Cranko's "Onegin," Feb. 4-6.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2006 | Mike Boehm
BETWEEN now and Sept. 15, leaders of the Orange County Performing Arts Center will attempt to take the "grrr" out of Segerstrom. That's the sound unwitting eventgoers may well utter if, through understandable confusion, they wind up at the wrong venue -- having failed to distinguish between Segerstrom Hall (the original building) and Segerstrom Concert Hall (the new one opening across the street).
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 1999
The Orange County Performing Arts Center's board of directors has elected three new members: Philip J. Carroll, Liam E. McGee and Henry Samueli. Carroll is chairman and chief executive officer of Irvine-based Fluor Corp., McGee is president of Bank of America Southern California, and Samueli is co-founder of Irvine-based Broadcom Corp. Samueli's partner at Broadcom, Henry T. Nicholas III, and his wife, Stacey, last week announced a donation of nearly $1.3 million to South Coast Repertory.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2009 | Diane Haithman
Scottish actor Alan Cumming, who won a Tony Award in 1998 for his role as the Emcee in a revival of "Cabaret," is bringing a one-man show to the Orange County Performing Arts Center's Samueli Theater on Sept. 26. "Alan Cumming: I Bought a Blue Car" is billed as a musical focusing on the performer's 10 years living in America. The Orange County production will follow a run in London. -- Diane Haithman
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2009 | Diane Haithman
In most cases, a "gala" evening at a venue of the stature of the Orange County Performing Arts Center involves jetting in big-name stars for a one-night stand performing their "greatest hits" for an audience studded with major donors, all in the name of fundraising -- accompanied by a lavish black-tie dinner that requires a gift to the organization affordable only to a moneyed few.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2009 | Mike Boehm
Trying to balance a nonprofit arts budget in a down economy is like rowing upstream, so the Orange County Performing Arts Center is trying to recruit many more paddlers -- that is, donors willing to kick in whatever they can. The usual suspects for giving, the center's own board members, say they'll ante up a dollar for each buck that others contribute between now and June 30, the end of the Costa Mesa center's fiscal year. The goal is to raise $2 million, including the board members' matching amounts, while also using the "challenge" to attract first-time donors, no matter how modest the amount.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2009 | David Ng
Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein," the Tony-winning musical "In the Heights" and a re-envisioned "Dreamgirls" are among the highlights being announced today for the Orange County Performing Arts Center's 2009-10 Broadway and Curtain Call series. The latest installment of the Broadway series begins in October and includes six productions consisting mostly of national tours of popular musicals. The Curtain Call series presents special engagements of Broadway shows as well as concert events.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2008 | Mark Swed, Times Music Critic
Concert halls do not live or die by their organs -- they only think they do. Relatively few major orchestral works include the organ. Orchestrations of organ works are what are in fashion again. As for organ recitals, just ask any church burdened with maintaining a monster instrument how easy a sell those concerts are.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2008 | Chuck Mindenhall, Special to The Times
With the slogan "It's not what you'd expect," the Orange County Performing Arts Center's new Off Center indie-rock series kicked off Thursday with performances by Sweden's Peter, Bjorn and John and L.A.'s Sea Wolf. The series is meant to add a hipper element to the center's usual classical, jazz and cabaret fare. That is, to attract younger audiences, the kind that whistle along to the most ubiquitous foot-tapper of 2007, PB&J's appropriately titled "Young Folks."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2007 | Mike Boehm
Established donors' willingness to double-dip into their bank accounts and investment portfolios is helping the Orange County Performing Arts Center chip away at the considerable debt on its new concert hall. The Costa Mesa center announced Monday that William J. Gillespie, a Farmers Insurance heir who has long been a leading benefactor of Orange County arts organizations, has doubled his previous $2.5-million contribution, bringing the total raised to $166.5 million -- $73.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 1997 | JAN HERMAN
The Orange County Performing Arts Center has named a marketing director, Todd Bentjen, the last post to be filled in the center's reorganized management team. Bentjen will report to Greg Patterson, vice president for communications and marketing. "He is to look at the longer view as we develop more integrated marketing strategies," Patterson said, "to be much more competitive and more scientific."
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