Elizabeth Segerstrom Co-Chairs Carnegie Hall 2018 Opening Gala

Elizabeth Segerstrom Co-Chairs Carnegie Hall Opening Gala

Michael Tilson Thomas and Elizabeth Segerstrom

Black-Tie Gala Raises Over $5.1M For Carnegie Hall’s
Artistic, Educational And Social Impact Programming


COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA – October 4, 2018 – On October 3rd, 2018, Carnegie Hall hosted its Opening Night Gala for the 2018-19 season, co-chaired by Elizabeth Segerstrom and attended by distinguished guests and vocal superstars.

The black-tie event of over 800 attendees, included an evening of performances by the San Francisco Symphony led by musical director and conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas; and spectacular opera and musical theatre performances by opera singer, Renée Fleming and singer and actress, Audra McDonald. Guests also enjoyed exhilarating orchestral music by Gershwin and Liszt’s whirling waltz. The event raised an impressive $5.1M in support of Carnegie Hall’s artistic, education and social impact programming.

Segerstrom’s late husband, Henry Segerstrom was a significant financial benefactor to the Carnegie Hall Foundation. His interest in the arts inspired him to invest in elevating Orange County into a community recognized for their support of the arts. This translated into his development of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which has grown to include Segerstrom Hall, the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the Samueli Theater, South Coast Repertory, and the Orange County Museum of Art.

In addition to continuing her late husband’s pursuit of the arts, Elizabeth Segerstrom has been a long-time advocate of the arts and has made an enormous impact on the community within Orange County. She has been honored countless times for her personal dedication to supporting the arts in Orange County and beyond. She has received honors from highly respected organizations including, The Guilds of the Center, a support group for the Orange County Performing Arts Center; The Golden Baton Award from the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, and more.

Elizabeth Segerstrom is proud to co-chair to the prestigious Carnegie Hall event. She joins fellow co-chairs including, Luciano and Giancarla Berti, Evercore, Bruce and Suzie Kovner, Robert K. Kraft, Nazee and Joseph Moinian, Richard A. Rosenbaum, and Tracy Chutorian Semler and Eric Semler.

In her continued dedication to the arts, Elizabeth Segerstrom will also be co-chairing the Hammer Museum Gala on October 14th, and will be honored by the  Colburn School at the Colburn Gala, on October 23rd.


About Elizabeth Segerstrom:

Elizabeth Segerstrom is a co-managing partner at South Coast Plaza, the renowned international shopping and dining destination in Costa Mesa, California. Her philanthropic leadership has made an enormous impact on the cultural climate of Southern California. Elizabeth shared her passion for the arts with her late husband, Henry T. Segerstrom, and continues to uphold his profound legacy in the arts institutions in which he was involved, including Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where she sits on the board of directors.



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