What’s in a name? If a major Orange County institution is changing their name, you know it’s a big deal — and on Jan. 12th, the Orange County Performing Arts Center underwent a name change to become the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. As the center begins to celebrate 25 years of bringing the best of broadway, dance, drama and more to the center, the generosity of the Segerstrom family comes front and center.
In a grand public ceremony, the Performing Arts Center announced the name change in front of more than 1,500 guests, with a fireworks display and a special performance by Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti and Lisa Fischer (pictured below) and appearances by Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, local civic officials and Bolshoi Ballet stars Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev.
In addition to the renaming of the center, the event was also to announce “Access for All” tickets, a new program that will make more than 10,000 tickets available for the special price of $10 each throughout the upcoming season, and the new international artistic initiative. Through the program, the Center will create a major dance in 2012, showcasing two stars of the Bolshoi Ballet, Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev.
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Dr., in Costa Mesa. For more information and for tickets to upcoming events, call 714.556.2787 or visit www.scfta.org.