South Coast Metro Performing Arts
South Coast Metro is home to the Theater & Arts District, whose theaters and galleries are dedicated to presenting the finest in the performing and visual arts. Here you’ll find the magnificent Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which offers internationally renowned dance companies, national tours of Broadway’s most popular shows, classical music, jazz, cabaret, special presentations and free community events and cultural festivals.
Included on the Segerstrom Center campus is the opera house-style Segerstrom Hall, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Samueli Theater, Judy Morr Theatre, the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, the Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory plus the site of the new Orange County Museum of Art. Fine dining is available in the concert hall’s Leatherby’s Café Rouge, with more casual fare at George’s Café on the Argyros Plaza and the Plaza Café in Segerstrom Hall.
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus boasts a collection of stunning public works of art. These include Richard Serra’s towering “Connector,” Richard Lippold’s iconic “Fire Bird,” Henry Moore’s “Reclining Figure.” The award-winning design of the concert hall lobby ceiling is a virtually a piece of architectural jewelry called “Constellation,” created by Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design shimmers with silverleaf, Swarovski crystal LED globes, 300 silver lavaliers suspended in graduated lengths that are tipped in illuminated Baccarat crystal pendants.
For more information, visit the Segerstrom Center for the Arts website at www.scfta.org or call 714.556.2787.
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 theater season (September through June) includes works drawn from classic and modern repertoires, including many world premieres on the Segerstrom Stage, Argyros Stage and Nicholas Studio. SCR also offers a special series , Theatre for Young Audiences. It is especially known for its outreach and education programs, Theatre for Young Audiences series and playwrights development program . The company offers a highly respected new play development program of works by emerging and established writings, presented each season in public reading and during the Pacific Playwrights Festival.
For information visit ww.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 and an Orange County cultural treasure. Led by Artistic Director Robert Istad, the resident chorus at Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents its own concert series each season, featuring sweeping programming that builds upon its trailblazing legacy of championing contemporary composers and also includes sublime choral masterworks and joyous holiday concerts. The organization, founded in 1968, offers an extensive collection of exceptional free digital programs as well, reflecting its deep commitment to making choral music accessible to everyone.
Information & Tickets: 714.662.2345 | www.pacificsymphony.org
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