At California’s Segerstrom Center, plaza renovations get underway

Posted on: January 11, 2017

“On Wednesday, Segerstrom Center for the Arts officially will start in on plans for a redesigned central plaza and new entrance to the Judy Morr Theater,” writes Antoine Boessenkool in Tuesday’s (1/10) Orange County Register (Santa Ana, CA). Segerstrom is the main performance venue for the Pacific Symphony, and regularly hosts other U.S. and international orchestras. “The project aims to expand the center’s reach, attract new audiences and create a ‘town square’ where people can gather for free events and relax in green spaces with food from a new outdoor cafe. The idea is to make the center welcoming to a wider swath of the community.… The goal is to finish construction by October or November, said Segerstrom Center President Terrence W. Dwyer,” and $46 million has been raised toward a $70 million fundraising goal. Also planned is Segerstrom’s Center Without Boundaries, “an effort to expand community outreach [including] dance and movement classes for children with disabilities.… Free performances are planned on at least 25 or 30 weekends a year…. Someone might spend time in the plaza before going to a Pacific Symphony performance or come just for the free event, Dwyer said.”

Posted January 11, 2017