Performing Arts
PERFORMING ARTS

I   SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS   I   CARNEGIE HALL   I   PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY OF ORANGE COUNTY   I   AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE   I

Henry Segerstrom and the Segerstrom family were visionary pioneers in helping to establish the arts in Orange County. Through gifts of land from the Segerstrom family acreage, they gave homes to the county’s cornerstone cultural institutions.

First was South Coast Repertory Theatre, which opened across from South Coast Plaza in 1978. It would soon become a nationally renowned arts institution, winning the Tony Award® for Distinguished Achievement. Segerstrom led the fundraising campaign to create the 3,000-seat performing arts hall originally known as the Orange County Performing Arts Center. He also donated $6 million toward the construction of the Center, which opened in 1986 on five acres of Segerstrom family land. In

2006, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall designed by architect Cesar Pelli debuted, thanks to a $51 million donation from Henry Segerstrom. In 2007, Henry and his wife launched the new Elizabeth and Henry Segerstrom Select Series¸ an artistic collaboration with the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, that continues to bring internationally acclaimed performances to the Center. In 2011, the stunning arts campus was officially renamed Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

OTHER PHILANTHROPIC CAUSES