South Coast Metro is home to the Theater & Arts District, which features one of the finest collections of performing and visual arts to be found anywhere in the world. Here you’ll find the magnificent Segerstrom Center for the Arts, one of the area’s enduring performing arts venues for musical theater, opera, cabaret and more in its 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall and intimate 250-seat Founders Hall.
Adjacent to The Center is the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where audiences enjoy world-class performances in the magnificent Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Samueli Theater, and the Folino Center, featuring Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory Theatre’s Segerstrom Stage, Argyros Stage and Nicholas Studio. The Segerstrom Center for the Arts also includes the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center and Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge.
An expansive 46,000-square-foot community plaza connects the venues. The area’s remarkable collection of visual arts includes The Center’s signature sculpture, Fire Bird, by noted artist Richard Lippold, and the imposing Connector created by Richard Serra that graces the plaza. Soaring above the Spanish granite lobby floor of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is a ceiling finished in silver leaf and an adorned with a breathtaking lighting installation titled “Constellation”. This award-winning piece of architectural jewelry includes faceted Swarovski crystal LED globes and 300 silver lavalieres suspended in graduated lengths that are tipped in illuminated Baccarat crystal pendants.
The Samueli Theater has its own distinctive entrance with large frosted glass panels illuminated from behind and producing a subtle glow against the building’s white limestone facade. A spectacular outdoor plaza created by Peter Walker and Partners unites the venues with the current Center and South Coast Repertory.
South Coast Repertory
South Coast Repertory is a professional resident theatre, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson who continue to serve as artistic directors. The theatre season (September to June) includes works drawn from classic and modern theatre repertoires, with five plays on the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage and four on the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage, plus a three-play series, Theatre for Young Audiences. SCR offers a variety of outreach and education programs and is renowned for its new play development program of works by emerging and established writers, presented each season in public reading and during the Pacific Playwrights Festival.
Administration: 714.708.5500 | Tickets: 714.708.5555 www.scr.org
Led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, Pacific Symphony is recognized as an outstanding orchestra, presenting more than 100 concerts a year, plus a rich array of educational and community programs. Pacific Symphony offers a perfect night out for every taste! Programs at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall include great classical masterworks, pops concerts featuring big names in entertainment, chamber music, Saturday morning concerts for children and parents, and a holiday performance of Handel’s Messiah. Founded in 1978, Pacific Symphony is the largest orchestra formed in the United States in the last 40 years and the third largest in California.
Information & Tickets: 714.755.5799 | www.pacificsymphony.org
Pacific Chorale is one of America’s great choirs, delighting audiences with exceptional choral performances since 1968. Under the guidance of Artistic Director John Alexander, Pacific Chorale has infused an Old World art form with California’s hallmark innovative and cultural independence.
Information & Tickets: 714.662.2345 | www.pacificchorale.org
Philharmonic Society of Orange County
Now in its 56th season, the Philharmonic Society consistently presents the world’s most acclaimed symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists and international artists for the enjoyment and appreciation of Orange County. The Society also continues to provide an extensive array of free music education programs to more than 200,000 Orange County children each year.
Information & Tickets: 949.553.2422 | www.philharmonicsociety.org