Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced the exciting series, performances and special events that will celebrate the 2011 – 2012 Season and the Center’s 25th Anniversary. The Center’s very first performance was held on September 29, 1986. Now, nearly 25 years later, Segerstrom Center for the Arts will honor its history and tradition of presenting acclaimed artists, renowned companies and exciting shows with performances spanning an array of disciplines in each of the venues of its expanded campus. “We have much to celebrate, and we look forward to welcoming the entire community to the Center throughout the season. Orange County has so generously supported and encouraged us through the years, so it is a particular pleasure to announce an anniversary season that holds an especially exciting and eclectic array of wonderful performances, artists, special events and artistic initiatives that offer something for everyone, ” said Center President Terrence W. Dwyer. “We have created a 25th Anniversary Season with premieres, debuts and some adventurous artistic programs. As a special thank you to our community, we are also proud to announce an ACCESS for ALL initiative, which will make $10 tickets available to performances throughout the season to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to join in the celebration. I encourage everyone to visit often and to explore what we believe is a season that celebrates the very best in the performing arts.”
Another special initiative of the celebratory season will be the launch of CenterTix, a new mobile app that will allow patrons to explore upcoming performances, buy tickets, and learn more about what’s coming to the Center with photos, videos and much more. CenterTix will be available at no charge through Apple’s App Store for use on its iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices. Priority renewal information for the 2011 – 2012 Season is being sent to current subscribers. Single tickets will go on sale approximately six weeks prior to individual engagements. Please visit SCFTA.org/25th for more information about the 2011 – 2012 Season. Tickets and additional information may also be obtained by contacting the Box Office at (714) 556-2787 or visiting 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 92626. The weekend of September 30 through October 2 will be a special celebratory weekend, filled with unique performances in the Center’s largest two venues and on the Arts Plaza. San Francisco Ballet will offer its acclaimed production of Romeo and Juliet in Segerstrom Hall, while the popular National Acrobats of China will perform in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Presentations in the Center’s Free or All series will round out the weekend with a recital by renowned organist Cameron Carpenter on Sunday and a free concert as part of Pacific Standard Time, an arts initiative created by the Getty Foundation.
NTERNATIONAL DANCE SERIES
San Francisco Ballet • Diana Vishneva in Madame X • Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater • American Ballet Theatre. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is world renowned for its International Dance Series. For the 25th Anniversary Season, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo makes its Southern California debut, and favorites San Francisco Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and American Ballet Theatre return to help celebrate this landmark year, each bringing exciting premieres. And Center favorite Diana Vishneva also returns, this season in the world premiere of a new work created especially for her – Madame X. All performances are in Segerstrom Hall. The Center’s 2011 – 2012 International Dance Series is made possible by The Audrey Steele Burnand Endowed Fund for International Dance, Jane and Jim Driscoll and The Segerstrom Foundation Endowment for Great Performances. The Center applauds Media Sponsor Classical KUSC 91.5.
Shrek the Musical • Blue Man Group • Irving Berlin’s White Christmas • Million Dollar Quartet • Les Misérables • La Cage aux Folles Broadway’s biggest hits are headed to Segerstrom Center in our two popular series featuring eight Center
premieres and the return of the epic hit Les Misérables. Audiences will have the opportunity to see eight shows for the first time ever at the Center – Shrek the Musical, Blue Man Group, White Christmas, Million Dollar Quartet, La Cage aux Folles, Come Fly Away, Traces and American Idiot.
CURTAIN CALL SERIES
Come Fly Away • Traces • American Idiot
Audra McDonald • Stephen Sondheim & Friends • Chita Rivera: My Broadway • Paulo Szot • Steve Tyrell • Andrea Martin. The best songs from the Great American Songbook, Broadway and beyond will be front and center as Segerstrom Center celebrates living legends – including Stephen Sondheim and Chita Rivera – and legends in the making.
Sonny Rollins • The Miles Davis Experience: 1949 – 1959 • The Spirit of Django • Charlie Haden Quartet West: 25th Anniversary • SFJazz Collective: The Music of Stevie Wonder • Nnenna Freelon and Earl Klugh It’s hard to imagine a more sensational start to the series than with jazz’s reigning icon, Sonny Rollins. Add in some of today’s most sought-after talents and tributes to many of music’s biggest names, and it promises to be a season unlike any other.
Emerson String Quartet • Jerusalem String Quartet • Ebène Quartet • The Mendelssohn Piano Trios with David Finckel, Wu Han & Philip Setzer • Pavel Haas Quartet The series gives you a phenomenal opportunity to experience the world’s leading chamber ensembles in the incomparable intimacy of Samueli Theater. These internationally acclaimed artists perform regularly in the world’s greatest classical music houses, including Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Mariinsky Concert Hall, Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica and many other prestigious venues. All performances are in Samueli Theater.
OFF CENTER FESTIVAL
Chautauqua! • Ten Tiny Dances • and more.
Our 2011-2012 Off Center Series will take the shape of a festival of exciting work in partnership with The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. Additional works to be announced.
FREE FOR ALL SERIES
Movie Mondays • Pacific Standard Time • Cameron Carpenter Organ Recital
As part of its ongoing commitment to welcoming all to its campus, the Center is pleased to continue its wildly popular Free for All offerings.
Our 2011-2012 Family Series is the perfect way to introduce young people to the magic and wonder of live performance. Each performance is preceded by free, interactive activities for ticket holders. All performances are in Samueli Theater.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is unique as both an acclaimed arts institution and as a multi-disciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages, offering unsurpassed experiences, and engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and a diverse array of inspiring programs. Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center traces its roots back to the late 1960s when a dedicated group of community leaders decided Orange County should have its own world-class performing arts venue.
As Orange County’s largest non-profit arts organization, Segerstrom Center for the Arts owns and operates the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall and intimate 250-seat Founders Hall, which opened in 1986, and the 2,000-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which opened in 2006 and also houses the 500-seat Samueli Theater, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center’s studio performance space and Boeing Education Lab. A spacious arts plaza anchors Segerstrom Center for Arts and is home to numerous free performances throughout the year as part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ ongoing Free for All series.
The Center presents a broad range of programming each season for audiences of all ages from throughout Orange County and beyond, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music
performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events. It offers many education programs designed to inspire young people through the arts.
These programs reach hundreds of thousands of students of all ages with vital arts-in-education programs, enhancing their studies and enriching their lives well into the future.
In addition to the presenting and producing institution Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the 14-acre campus also embraces the facilities of two independent acclaimed organizations: Tony® Award-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region’s major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale, who contribute greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.