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Pacific Chorale Celebrates the Holidays with 2 Concerts & Gala

December 2018 will see Orange County’s Pacific Chorale give voice to the holiday spirit with two contrasting concerts: “Carols by Candlelight” at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach and “Tis the Season!” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. The first of the two “Tis the Season!” performances will be followed by the Chorale’s annual Holiday Gala fundraising dinner, “Imagine, Inspire, Create,” at The Center Club, located just across the Argyros Plaza from the concert hall.
A magical evening of traditional carols and classical Christmas works presented by a chamber choir of Pacific Chorale’s professional singers in an intimate candlelit setting.
This popular family holiday extravaganza in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a seasonal favorite. Artistic Director Robert Istad leads Pacific Chorale, the Southern California Children’s Concert Chorus (Lori Loftus, Founding Artistic Director and Conductor) and the brass and percussion of Pacific Symphony in a concert of traditional carols, holiday favorites, and new surprises, including a visit from Santa Claus.
“Imagine, Inspire, Create” is the theme for Pacific Chorale’s 2018 Holiday Gala, continuing the celebration on into the evening following the Saturday performance of “Tis the Season!” Chaired by Susan Lindley, this black tie-optional evening will feature a short-ribs holiday dinner (fish and vegetarian options also available), holiday entertainment, and an auction featuring trips and special experiences.

Metro Events

Holidays with Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
Wednesday, December 19 at 8:00 pm
Get in the spirit of the festive holiday season as the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra fills the concert hall with the sounds of wailing trumpets and toe-tapping rhythms in a swingin’ evening of holiday favorites and beloved standards.
Holidays with The 5 Browns
Thursday, December 20 at 8:00 pm
An extraordinary holiday experience, five Steinway pianos fill the concert hall stage as the widely celebrated quintet of piano-playing siblings known as The 5 Browns perform beloved holiday music from Bach,  The Nutcracker ,  A Charlie Brown Christmas , and more.


Little Saigon: Six Field Trips Generating with Alan Nakagawa
Saturday, December 15 at 11:00 am
Explore Little Saigon with artist Alan Nakagawa where we’ll visit important cultural sites while discussing the complexities of cultural tourism. As an outsider to this community, Nakagawa seeks to understand how one can learn about a new place, and if there is a correct approach to this kind of exploration.

Dear Evan Hansen Announces $25 Lottery for Every Performance

DEAR EVAN HANSEN producer Stacey Mindich has announced that the show will host a digital ticket lottery when it comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts January 1-13, 2019, offering fans the chance to purchase a limited number of $25 tickets per performance. The digital lottery will begin accepting entries 48 hours prior to the first performance and will be accepted until 9 a.m. the day before the performance. Fans who have been selected will be notified daily via email and can then purchase up to two (2) tickets at $25 each. The ticket lottery will continue for every performance.  All entrants are encouraged to follow Dear Evan Hansen on Instagram (@dearevanhansen), Twitter (@dearevanhansen) and Facebook (@DearEvanHansen) for additional lottery news and information.

Entrants must be 18 years or older. A valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter is required for pickup. Seat locations awarded by the lottery are subject to availability. Additional lottery requirements can be found at


Segerstrom Center for the Arts Rings in the Holidays with a Festive Array of Programming

A thrilling roster of international music, dance and legendary recording artists makes for a most spectacular holiday season at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. It all begins December 9 when the “Voice of Christmas” Johnny Mathis returns to the Center, followed by the popular annual presentation of Fiesta Navidad with Mariachi Los Camperos (December 12), the return of American Ballet Theatre’s delightful The Nutcracker (December 14 – 23), the free Holidays Around the World festival on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, plus two additional seasonal concerts: “The Beautiful Day” – Kurt Elling Sings Christmas (December 15) and John Legend’s A Legendary Christmas Tour (December 29), and all culminating with the elegant Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert (December 29).

To help take the stress out of year-round gift giving, the Center offers gift certificates that can be used for any of the many wonderful shows and performances. Gift certificates can be purchased through the Center’s website or by visiting or calling the Box Office.

Tickets are available for purchase online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings of 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Free Events on the Argyros Plaza for December


Trombone Christmas: Live on Argyros Plaza
Free Holiday Jazz! This 25-trombone ensemble returns to the Argyros Plaza to make a big-band splash for all to enjoy.

  • Saturday, December 8 at 6:30 pm


Nelson Cade III: Live on the Argyros Plaza
Enjoy holiday hits and timeless favorites with an acoustic set by singer-songwriter Nelson Cade III. His crisp guitar playing and charming vocals will light up the Argyros Plaza with cheer for all to hear.

  • Sunday, December 9 at 5:45 pm


2nd Annual Holidays Around the World
Be the first to witness the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza transform into a winter wonderland during our annual celebration! Enjoy nightly snowfall, live performances, festive activities, and free holiday fun for the entire family.

  • Friday, December 14 at 4:45 pm
  • Saturday, December 15 at 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 16 at 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 19 at 4:45 pm
  • Thursday, December 20 at 4:45 pm
  • Friday, December 21 at 4:45 pm
  • Saturday, December 22 at 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 23 at 2:30 pm


Roderick Chambers: Live on the Argyros Stage
Say hello to the new year with a magnetic performance by singer-songwriter Roderick Chambers. His soulful vocals and smooth musicality draw upon his R&B roots to create a perfectly mellow mood that leaves you wanting more.

  • Saturday, December 29 at 6:15 pm

South Coast Metro Alliance members, spouses and children can save 10% on tuition at California Southern University

Restaurant News


December 24 & 25 from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Savor delicious Christmas flavors this season at Silver Trumpet’s lakeside Holiday Dinner. Enjoy a four course experience prepared by Executive Chef, Hector Zamora!
$60 per person (tax & gratuity not included. Regular menu not offered for dinner)
For reservations, please call 714.442.8593


Sometimes, the most thoughtful gift is also the easiest to choose. Receive The Capital Grille’s exclusive knife set plus an additional gift card worth 10% of your purchase with any purchase over $500.


Wine & Music Wednesdays at Vitaly

Get wined and dined at Vitaly Caffe every Wednesday from 6PM – 9:30PM. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy an intimate night of live music and wine.

$40 Prix Fixe Dinner Menu | Monday through Thursday Dinner – Looking for easy weeknight dinner ideas? Treat yourself to a four course meal at Antonello with our new $40 prix fixe dinner menu! Meal includes a choice of appetizer, pasta, and entree as well as dessert for just $40 per person plus tax and gratuity. Monday through Thursday dinner only, no substitutions.


Try our $20 Prix Fixe Menu – Enjoy a three course meal at Antonello Ristorante for only $20. Perfect for a quick lunch, a new menu every month! No substitutions. Does not include tax or gratuity. Call now for reservations!


Gift Card Promotion – Between November 23rd and December 31st, receive 20% back on Antonello Specialty Restaurant Group gift card purchases for every $100 spent. Gift cards are available for purchase at both Antonello Ristorante and Quattro Caffe.

Retail News

Celebrate the Season at South Coast Plaza

Make your holiday season merry and bright at South Coast Plaza. Visit Santa’s Village for photos with Santa, take a ride on the Reindeer Carousel, listen to live festive holiday music while you shop, and more.

South Coast Metro Preferred

South Coast Metro Preferred is our latest insert published in Orange Coast Magazine. This issue focuses on South Coast Metro’s comprehensive array of amenities to serve businesses, residents and visitors. This unique blend of premier office and residential environments, restaurants, hotels, performing arts and unsurpassed shopping is what makes South Coast Metro the preferred address for those who want a vibrant mix of commerce and culture.

Exclusive Discount for SCMA Members with Code: 16467
Section A and B only, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings during previews of all Segerstrom Stage and Argyros Stage shows. Limit 4. Excludes Theatre for Young Audiences, Studio SCR, Youth Conservatory, and A Christmas Carol.

Check out the 2017/2018 edition of the South Coast Metro 360!

The glossy, full-color magazine that covers Orange County’s  cultural, culinary and commercial center. Visit our website at or call Diane Pritchett  for a hard copy of the 2017/2018 issue: 714.435.2109

South Coast Plaza Gift Certificates make the perfect gift for the holidays! South Coast Plaza Gift Certificates are available in any denomination up to $5,000 and honored at more than 250 stores and restaurants at South Coast Plaza, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Repertory and The Westin South Coast Plaza. For more information, contact Diane Pritchett at 714.435.2109 or