Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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Exterior night view of Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
Exterior day view of Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Segerstrom Hall.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, originally called Orange County Performing Arts Center, is a performing arts complex located in Costa Mesa, California, United States, which opened in 1986. The Center was designed by Cesar Pelli,[1]an architect who has received numerous awards and other honors for his work including the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1995.[2]

It is also the artistic home to three resident companies: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale.

Performance facilities[edit]

  • Segerstrom Hall, a 3,000-seat opera house.
  • Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, a 2,000-person concert hall.
  • Samueli Theater, the 375-seat multi-functional facility.
  • Founders Hall, a 250-seat hall.
  • Arts Plaza, a 46,000-square-foot (4,300 m2) area.

In addition, its Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center includes the Studio Performance Space and Boeing Education Lab. Other features include two private donor rooms, the elegant Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge and an informal cafe.

Board of Directors[edit]


  • Lawrence M. Higby, Chairman of the Board
  • Terrence W. Dwyer, President
  • Roger T. Kirwan, Treasurer/Vice Chair, Finance & Investment
  • Marta Bhathal, Secretary


  • Wylie A. Aitken
  • Julia Argyros
  • Joan Beall
  • David E. Blackford
  • Deborah Bridges
  • Chris Callero
  • Sandy Segerstrom Daniels
  • Benjamin R. Du
  • David Emmes
  • Jackie Glass
  • Paul J. Kaufman
  • Shanaz Langson
  • Thomas E. Larkin, Jr.
  • Jim Mazzo
  • William F. Meehan
  • Mark P. Robinson, Jr.
  • Chris Rommel
  • Eve Ruffatto
  • Alan Simon
  • Sutton Stracke
  • Alan True
  • Yuri Vanetik
  • Gaddi H. Vasquez
  • William W. Wang
  • Jane Fujishige Yada


The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which is part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, has a concert organ - the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ (C.B.Fisk Opus 130. It has 4,322 pipes and 75 stops, including 57 individual voices, 4 manual keyboards with 61 notes each, 1 pedal keyboard with 32 notes. It weighs nearly 30 tons and took approximately 42,000 hours to assemble and install.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Description of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Retrieved 24 November 2013
  2. ^ Background on Caesar Pelli Retrieved 24 November 2013
  3. ^ Zylius, Steve (2008-08-31). "Nearly perfect pitch". The Orange County Register. pp. Local 20. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°41′34″N 117°52′53″W / 33.692674°N 117.881499°W / 33.692674; -117.881499