It is arguably one of the most special spots in all of Orange County. The Noguchi Garden at Pacific Arts Plaza, Costa Mesa, welcomed a distinguished crowd for a luncheon last week celebrating the union of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and New York City's renowned Carnegie Hall. The champagne luncheon, served al fresco under the shade of cream-colored market umbrellas, attracted a who's who crowd of the cultural elite.
Exuberant adjectives defining this remarkable partnership are in no way an exaggeration of the monumental accomplishment achieved in the cultural collaboration between the East and West coasts. Carnegie Hall has never in its long and storied history joined forces with a West Coast cultural center, such as the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. These relationships are the result of the efforts of Henry T. Segerstrom, managing partner of South Coast Plaza, working with Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall.