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Historic installation celebrates 25 years of great performances and community partnership

October 19, 2011 | Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Larry and Dee Higby, Henry and Elizabeth Segerstrom, Terry Dwyer


It was an evening of memories, friendships and congratulations. More than 200 fans of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, community leaders and longtime supporters gathered on Thursday evening, October 6 for the unveiling of a spectacular, multi-faceted exhibit in South Coast Plaza’s Jewel Court to honor the Center’s Silver Anniversary. Designed by The Guild in Los Angeles, the photos and information are immediately engaging. Larger than life images of Joshua Bell, Dan Zanes, Arturo Sandoval and many others share space with historic photos that tell the story of the Center that grew out of farmland to become one of the nation’s premier performing arts centers in the nation.

Segerstrom Center exhibit at South Coast Plaza


Guests weave their way through and around… and under… 18 full-color panels, each measuring 8 feet by 10 feet. The exhibit is open through October 23, allowing enough time for visitors from every corner of county  to learn about the Center’s artistic legacy, its leaders, the annual Candlelight Concert gala that is attended by a veritable Who’s Who of Orange County, the Center’s community and education programs and a list of highlights from the 2011 – 2012 Season to Celebrate.

Bev and Bob Sandelman, Marilyn McCorkle

After welcoming notes from South Coast Plaza Executive Director, Marketing Debra Downing, Center President Terry Dwyer expressed his thanks: “We are very grateful to South Coast Plaza for creating this beautiful installation to help us celebrate Segerstrom Center’s 25th Anniversary. South Coast Plaza has been a generous supporter and good neighbor since our founding 25 years ago. We remain especially appreciative of this collaboration and friendship as we pursue a future for the Center of continued artistic achievement, innovative educational service and the expanded engagement of Orange County’s many diverse communities.”

George Keeney, Joyce Basch, Ruth Ding, and Terry Dwyer


Center Board Chairman Larry Higby specifically acknowledged the generosity of the Segerstrom family, led by family patriarch Henry Segerstrom and his wife Elizabeth. The Segerstrom family support includes the gift of land on which the Center stands and many generous financial gifts.

Kent and Carol Wilken with Ed Arnold of PBS SoCal


For the opening, Cartier South Coast Plaza models in Valentino gowns were accessorized with spectacular designs from the Cartier collection. Cartier is a Lead Sponsor of Candlelight Concert. The Capital Grille offered beef tenderloin with shallot butter and mashed potatoes, lobster macaroni and cheese, salads, and desserts that included mini cheesecakes and flourless chocolate cake and assorted confectioner’s truffles.

Among those welcoming guests were Center Founding Chairman Henry Segerstrom and his wife Elizabeth, Center Chairman Larry Higby and his wife Dee (who is chairing the Center’s Candlelight Concert on December 2) and Center President Terry Dwyer. Center founders, donors, members of its support groups and community leaders were well represented: former Center Chairman Mike Gordon and his wife Ellie, former Center Board President Tim Strader and his wife Susan, Anton Segerstrom, Carol and Kent Wilken, Liz Merage and Alfred Somekh, Wylie and Bette Aitken, Pat and Richard Allen, Marta and Raj Bhathal, Elizabeth and Tom Tierney, Sally Crockett, Bev and Bob Sandelman, Marilyn McCorkle, Ruth Ding, Pat Poss, Terry Goldfarb-Lee and many others.

Photos: Doug Gifford.

Pat and Richard Allen with Dee Higby
Pat Poss, Terry Goldfarb-Lee, Susan Strader

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