Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Segerstrom Center's Concert Hall Acoustician Praised

Interior of Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall © Cris Costea
British culture commentator Norman Lebrecht recently called Symphony Hall in Birmingham, England that nation’s finest concert hall. “Symphony Hall was an acoustic revelation, a marvel of transparency and flexibility, as well as a space that felt infinitely warm and welcoming. It was, at the time, the most exciting modern hall in Europe and it remains one of the three or four most pleasing.” The venue was built 21 years ago.

Why is this important to Orange County? Because Birmingham’s hall happens to be an acoustical sister to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, with acoustical design by the late Russell Johnson of Artec Consultants in New York. Since its opening in 2006, the Center’s concert hall has been honored with similar praise from critics and audiences.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

'Les Misérables' Cast Arrives in Orange County

Left to Right: Ben Gunderson, Casey Erin Clark, Max Quinlan, Siri Howard, Erin Cearlock,
Abbey Rose Gould, Joshua Colley, Jason Forbach, Joseph Spieldenner, Richard Barth,
Shawna M. Hamic and Timothy Gulan 
The cast of the 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables arrived at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA on Monday, June 11 to begin a two-week run June 12 – 24 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Coincidentally, Segerstrom Center is also celebrating its 25thanniversary, and John Wayne Airport honored the Center with a spectacular public display that can be enjoyed through July by all passengers and guests. Included in one of the 11 display cases is a nearly-life-size image of the Les Misérables production. On arrival at the airport, several cast members paused to visit the display and check their photo.

Photo credit: Doug Gifford
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