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Segerstrom Center for the Arts exists to present a wide variety of the most significant national and international productions of music, dance and theater to the people of Southern California. We believe that experiencing the best in the performing arts adds meaningfully to the quality of life in our community and are committed to providing an unsurpassed attendance experience. In conjunction with its artistic mission, Segerstrom Center is also entrusted with stewardship of its world class facilities which provide the performance base for its resident companies.
By 2025, the world's finest artists and companies will seek to perform first on our stages because we have cultivated the nation's most enthusiastic, loyal and knowledgeable audiences for important music, dance and theater. The caliber of our presentations will be second to none, complemented by innovative programs of community education and engagement. By bringing together existing and new audiences to experience programs that excite the creative tension between tradition and innovation, the Center will be recognized by everyone as the dynamic cultural and civic center of our community. Infused with an engaging energy and welcoming to all, the Center will stand as a national model for an artistically ambitious, financially sustainable performing arts center.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, presents a wide variety of the most significant national and international productions of music, dance and theater to the people of Southern California. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages and offering unsurpassed experiences, engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and an array of inspiring programs.
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 Rene and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which opened in 2006 and also houses the 500-seat Samueli Theater, and the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center’s studio performance space and Boeing Education Lab. These state-of-the-art facilities are united by a spacious Arts Plaza. The name of the Center was changed from the Orange County Performing Arts Center to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in January, 2011 in recognition of the unparalleled generosity and leadership of the Segerstrom family.
The campus includes all of Segerstrom Center’s own venues as well as the adjacent Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the new home of the Orange County Museum of Art.
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.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is proud to serve as the artistic home to the region’s major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale.