The Year in Review
Thank you for making our 2022-23 Season a record-breaking success at Segerstrom Center for the Arts!
Whether you have only attended a few performances, or are a long-time subscriber, you know first-hand the quality, vibrancy and magic that Segerstrom Center adds to Orange County. Before we launch into the new season, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate our favorite memories of the last year!
1. A season of thrilling premieres and commissions
As always, Segerstrom Center is your home for the highest quality and most comprehensive artistic expression. Along with presenting fan favorites, we also strive to bring exciting, new works to all of our stages to share the variety of great art that continues to be made. From the World Premiere of Han Lash’s String Quartet #2 (commissioned by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting for our Chamber Series) to the debut of North, a new Family Series musical about the Underground Railroad, to the epic dance engagements of Like Water for Chocolate and Reunited in Dance, our stages were alive with dynamic new art that could only be seen here!
2. Award-winning artists across our campus
If you watched an award show this past year, you may have said, “I just saw them at Segerstrom Center!” Whether it was Grammy Awards where the dazzling young songbird Samara Joy won Best New Artist and Best Jazz Vocal Performance, or the Tony Awards where composer Jason Robert Brown’s Parade was a big winner, these artists had wowed our audiences weeks in advance. Plus, our audience got to experience these masters of their crafts in the intimacy of our 300-seat Samueli Theater!
(Helpful hint: You might not know every name in our line-up, but you will soon! These artists have been carefully curated, to bring you the best in live entertainment, so see them first, right here at Segerstrom Center!)
3. Introducing the next generations to the joy of the arts
As an arts organization, nothing brings us more pleasure than the laughter of children in our halls. We love new generations finding their home at Segerstrom Center for live shows. Along with our On Stage productions for school field trips and our annual Family Series, this year we welcomed Bluey’s Big Play, Disney’s Frozen, and American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker — each packed with children wide-eyed and rapt, enjoying their very first show! Whether it’s in their school, at home, or on our campus we’re grateful to introduce young people to the joy of the arts world.
4. Expanded programming for our community
In our 36th year in existence, we introduced two new series, Headliners and In Conversation, bringing even more great artists to OC! Our In Conversation Series celebrates the literary arts with fascinating discussions with today’s thought-leaders and bestselling authors, while our Headliners Series brings major names from Broadway and Hollywood right here to your backyard. These series were quickly embraced by Center audiences, who are enthralled about this year’s line-ups.
5. Our vibrant outdoor plaza
With hundreds of events to choose from, the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza has become the place to experience and create art of your own. Families were welcomed to explore the connections between science and art at the Beckman Arts and Science Festival, friends were inspired to get up and dance the night away at Silent Disco, and communities came together to celebrate cultural connections during our Hispanic Heritage altar build, our SEE Asian Film Festival and our Veteran’s Concerts.
Thank you so much for making our 2022-23 season so magical! We can't wait to see what exciting memories we can make together this upcoming year!