As a regular visitor to New York City who would eventually have a Central Park apartment there, Segerstrom was intrigued by the history and majesty of Carnegie Hall, and by its outstanding performing talent. Segerstrom became a significant financial supporter of the Carnegie Hall Foundation, and over his years of patronage, gave more than 2 million dollars to Carnegie Hall in support of their ongoing programming.
In 2009, Henry established a partnership with the performing arts institution and a friendship with Clive Gillinson, the executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall. The result was a culturally significant event not only for Orange County, but also for Carnegie Hall itself, as for the first time one of Carnegie Hall’s festival programs was presented to audiences outside of New York City.
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County presented the West Coast version of the festival Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Celebration of Chinese Culture at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in 2009. Segerstrom’s goal was to