Free Performances, Events, Music and Family-Friendly Activities Marked Day-Long Celebration
Segerstrom Center for the Arts opened its new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza and Center for Dance and Innovation on Saturday, October 28 with music, dancing, performances, family activities, bands and more from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. More than 10,000 people and families from around the neighborhood and throughout Orange County explored the 56,100-square-foot plaza designed by Michael Maltzan, with its spectacular fountain entry, the grand spiral staircase that wraps around the new Center 360 outdoor café, leading from the Segerstrom Hall terrace to the plaza, shaded seating and dining areas, groves of trees for picnicking and permanent stages for year-round entertainment. The new plaza is named for Julianne and George Argyros, who provided funding for the transformation to the Center’s campus.
The Center for Dance and Innovation and Judy Morr Theater are now reached through a garden-like entrance at street level or from the Segerstrom Hall terrace by a sweeping circular ramp that encircles a fully- grown jacaranda tree and leads to a muraled outdoor terrace. The Center for Dance and Innovation is also home to the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and the Center’s School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities.