Orange County PAC Gets $5 Million Gift for New Concert Hall

Classic Arts News   Orange County PAC Gets $5 Million Gift for New Concert Hall
Two months ahead of the opening of its new Segerstrom Concert Hall, the Orange County Performing Arts Center in southern California has received a $5 million gift from the William Lyon Family Foundation towards the cost of the hall's construction.

The gift brings OCPAC's fund-raising campaign total to $138 million out of a $200 million goal, the center said in a statement.

The 2,000-seat Ren_e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall will officially open on September 15 with an inaugural concert: Carl St. Clair will conduct the Pacific Symphony in Mahler's Symphony No. 1 and the world premiere of a song cycle by William Bolcom — with Plšcido Domingo as soloist — on texts by Federico Garc‹a Lorca.

The opening celebration continues the following evening, as the Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale perform the world premiere of Philip Glass's The Passion of Ramakrishna; violin superstar Midori will be on hand for Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

The Cesar Pelli-designed limestone, steel and glass structure features a curvilinear glass fa‹ade comprised of 650 individual panes. The 250,000-square-foot facility also includes the 500-seat Samueli Theater.

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