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April 20, 1990 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Henry T. Segerstrom, founding chairman and chief executive officer of the Orange County Performing Arts Center, passed the gavel Thursday to his successor William Lyon, a Newport Beach real estate developer named for the post one year ago. Segerstrom, 67, who led the Center through its construction and opening in September, 1986, headed the $73.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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April 1, 1989 | MARK I. PINSKY, Times Staff Writer
With the Orange County Performing Arts Center operating near capacity two years ahead of projections, the Center board has moved ahead with plans to add at least two new theaters at an estimated cost of up to $92 million. The proposal includes a concert hall of 2,300 to 2,500 seats and a drama theater of 650 to 800 seats, possibly to be shared with neighboring South Coast Repertory Theatre.
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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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February 8, 1994 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
The State Symphony of Russia, which played a triumphant concert at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Sunday afternoon, used to be just one of 10 government-sponsored orchestras in Communist Moscow. Formed in 1936, the mighty ensemble made its first foreign appearance in 1957 and its first visit to Southern California three years later. The 1994 tour is the eighth for the State Symphony in North America.
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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.
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June 3, 1991 | JOHN WEYLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 1, 1987 | SCOTT WOLF
In retrospect, Scott Molina of Boulder, Colo., didn't think it was a good decision for him to compete Sunday in the Orange County Performing Arts Center Triathlon at Mission Viejo. Molina flew in from Dallas Saturday night, where he had just finished fourth in a triathlon that morning and was attempting his second race in 24 hours, a rare occurence for triathletes. Of course, after winning the men's competition by 19 seconds, he wasn't about to complain over the results.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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March 20, 2004 | David C. Nichols, Special to The Times
Three performances remain to catch "A Night With Dame Edna" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. People eager to scream with laughter should secure admission posthaste. The latest edition of comic anarchy from Dame Edna Everage brings Segerstrom Hall to its knees, in "the nicest possible way." Subtitled "The Show That Cares," it is formatted on the lines of Dame Edna's globally celebrated "Royal Tour," a 2000 Tony winner and a smash in 2001 at the now-defunct Shubert Theatre.
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June 5, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
At about the time members of the Imperial Bells of China, a 65-member song and dance ensemble from Hubei Province, were re-enacting a prettified version of a historical entertainment Saturday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, Chinese soldiers were crushing the 3-week-old student sit-in for democracy at Tian An Men Square. It was not a seemly time for glorifying the "Music and Dance of the Emperors," as the program booklet announced. Further, there was an unintentional but horrifying reminder of the events of the day in a selection entitled, "Eulogy: For Those Fallen for Their Country."
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March 31, 2003 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
The West Coast debut of the Hamburg Ballet, the Orange County debut of Ballet Frankfurt, the return of the Kirov Ballet and a theater lineup highlighted by touring productions of the Broadway hits "The Producers," "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Urinetown" are among the offerings announced for the Orange County Performing Arts Center's 2003-2004 season. The International Dance Series, a major claim to prestige for the Costa Mesa center, will feature the Hamburg Ballet Feb.
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October 30, 2001 | NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF, TIMES ARCHITECTURE CRITIC
Since first opening in 1986, the Orange County Performing Arts Center has always seemed the poor second cousin to the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles. Its resident music companies lack big-city stature. Its location in a suburban office park across the street from South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa gives it the air of an upscale mall, as if culture were a superfluous appendage to shopping.
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