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April 18, 1990 | MARY HELEN BERG
"Children are very honest audiences, you know," says Alwin Nikolais, 79-year-old founder of Nikolais and Louis Dance. "If they don't like something, then-- ai yai yai --you're going to get it!" Nikolais should know. It was 1937 when the protege of Hanya Holm, one of the mothers of modern dance, began teaching and choreographing for youngsters in Hartford, Conn.
January 13, 2011 | Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
For its 25th anniversary, the Orange County Performing Arts Center is giving itself a new name: Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The change went into effect Wednesday with a late-afternoon ceremony on the center's plaza in Costa Mesa. The name honors the family that provided a home and support for Orange County's leading arts district by making periodic donations of land and money since 1974 that now total 14 acres and $75 million. "Segerstrom Center for the Arts" has been used since 1998 as a relatively low-profile name for the arts district, but it now also becomes the organizational name of its chief inhabitant.
June 4, 1994 | MICHAEL ITAGAKI
Dave Scott, six-time Hawaii Ironman Triathlon champion, leads an elite field competing in the Orange County Performing Arts Center Triathlon on Sunday at Lake Mission Viejo. The top-three finishers in the triathlon, which features a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike ride, and 10-kilometer run, will represent the United States at the Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia, this summer.
January 9, 2011 | By Debra Levine, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Henry Segerstrom, developer of South Coast Plaza, had a scheduling glitch. The real-estate tycoon, whose land and multimillions of dollars fostered the development of Orange County's flourishing arts campus, could not attend the 2006 premiere of "Kings of the Dance. " So he called Sergei Danilian, who packaged the all-male virtuoso ballet showcase in association with the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Danilian, speaking from his Ardani Artists Management office in New York, remembered the moment vividly.
July 1, 1989 | JAN HERMAN, Times Staff Writer
All aboard! "Starlight Express" will chug into the Orange County Performing Arts Center next season for a two-week run, April 3 to 15, immediately following a run at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will start a 28-city tour in Cincinnati on Nov. 7 with stops in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and at least a half-dozen other places before reaching Costa Mesa.
Brad Kearns knew there was a window, but he wasn't sure if he could squeeze through. Kearns, of Cool, Calif., figures he is about 1 minute 40 seconds faster than Laguna Beach's Brett Rose in the 10-kilometer run portion of a triathlon. And Rose had pedaled into the transition area at Lake Mission Viejo exactly 1:38 ahead of him Sunday morning after two-thirds of the Orange County Performing Arts Center Triathlon. "I was worried," Kearns said.
Brad Kearns had a big lead after the bicycle leg of the Orange County Performing Arts Center Triathlon Sunday. His lead was big enough that even after taking a spill during the transition to the running leg, Kearns was still able to win the race by 52 seconds, finishing in 1 hour 49 minutes 33 seconds. Greg Welch was second in 1:50:25. "I think I got a little too excited," Kearns said about his accident. "I haven't been (that far) in the lead (after the cycling leg) like that before."
Although Thursday night's Pacific Symphony concert featured the West Coast premiere of Toru Takemitsu's "From me flows what you call Time," it was the orchestra's startling performance of an old standby that really rocked the Orange County Performing Arts Center. After intermission, St.
September 30, 1988 | JAN HERMAN, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Performing Arts Center, which celebrated its second anniversary Thursday, has made extraordinary inroads in attracting a regional audience that characterizes itself as largely lukewarm to performing arts and culture events, The Times Orange County Poll has found.
July 19, 1990 | NANCY CHURNIN
Once upon a time, musical tours were like the sun. They rose in the East and set in the West. But, by joining forces with the La Jolla Playhouse on "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa wants to change this law of nature. By providing half the costs of the playhouse production, now playing at the Mandell Weiss Theatre through Aug. 12, the center will get its own run of "Forum" from Aug. 17-26, said Thomas R.
September 26, 2010 | By Chloe Veltman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
On most days, the wall at 2201 Broadway that overlooks a downtown parking lot on the corner of Grand Avenue and Broadway draws little attention from passersby. But during the last couple of months, people have stopped in their tracks to gaze up at the hundred-foot-tall, cream-colored façade as dancers suspended from thin climbing ropes rappel down its surface in formation, stopping every now and again to execute slow-motion pirouettes, somersaults and jetés in flouncy mesh underskirts.
August 29, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
L.A.'s Festival of New American Musicals closed its third season Aug. 21 with a tuneful fundraiser, billed as a birthday party for Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, of "Parade," "13," "Songs for a New World" and "Last Five Years. " "For what it's worth, my birthday was in June," he said, declaring it a gift to be able to play favorites from his own musicals, which he did in the backyard garden of Noelle and Tom Hicks' Brentwood home. Joining him to perform were Adam Pascal of "Rent," Lara Pulver of "True Blood," Nita Whitaker of "Star Search," Graham Phillips of "The Good Wife" and "The Theater Geeks of America," a collection of teenagers who perform gratis for charitable causes.
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.
September 29, 2009 | Laura Bleiberg
In the old days, the ballet company would come to town, the theater would sell tickets, the dancers would dance, the audience would applaud, and everyone (hopefully) went home happy. But in these recessionary, interactive times, those rules don't apply anymore. As the numbers of subscribers and ticket buyers decline, dance groups are looking for enticements, beyond actual performances, to get audiences to queue up at the box office. Which is the driving force behind the Trey McIntyre Project Residency at the Orange County Performing Arts Center today through Saturday.
February 2, 2007 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
"Annie," the Charles Strouse-Thomas Meehan-Martin Charnin perennial about the plucky comic strip orphan, arrived Tuesday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center with renewed sparkle and buckets of charm. Yes, the show still flags somewhat in the second act and seems a mite long at a little over 2 1/2 hours, especially for the youngest audience members.
September 12, 2006
Guest gig: Singer Alanis Morissette will guest star in three episodes of the FX series "nip/tuck," beginning Oct. 31. She'll play the love interest of the anesthesiologist portrayed by series regular Roma Maffia. Dual outlets: KUSC-FM (91.5) will join KMZT-FM (105.1) in broadcasting the opening concerts from the Orange County Performing Arts Center's new Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
The San Francisco Ballet has been generous in casting its 12 performances of "The Nutcracker" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. No fewer than eight different Sugar Plum Fairies are scheduled to be partnered by seven different Cavaliers by the time the nine-day engagement ends Sunday, unless injuries intervene. Some of the variety results, of course, from rotation of roles. A soloist in the Arabian Dance one night becomes a Butterfly in the Waltz of the Flowers another.
Prague is a city with an extensive musical history, including many important entries in Mozart's log. Don't, however, remind Petr Altrichter, music director of the Prague Symphony. "Too much Mozart! Prague is a Mozart city--so many, many festivals. Of course," he said, sighing, "we made our own festival too. I am not happy that people forgot that it was a Dvorak anniversary too!" The year is indeed the 150th anniversary of the Czech master's birth.
June 8, 2006 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
Larry McGee has had plenty of time to size up the Orange County Performing Arts Center's new Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. For the last year and a half, he's been part of the security crew watching over the $200-million, glass-faced addition to the Orange County Performing Arts Center. "It's a work of art," McGee said Wednesday, standing outside a security fence near the wave-like, undulating structure during his lunch break.
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