The 13th annual Orange County Arts Awards were presented Sept. 18 during a dinner ceremony at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Produced by Orange County impresario Richard Stein, the organization honored three individuals and one couple for lifetime achievement supporting artistic endeavors in Orange County.
Orange County Arts labels the honor the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Awards, a nod to the famed European actress who settled in rural Orange County with her husband in 1876. The honored recipients for 2012 were Douglas C. Rankin, Elizabeth Turk, Gloria Zigner and the late William and Barbara Roberts. Additionally, the organization honored Soka University's Performing Arts Center and Backhausdance, which was founded by Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus.
The sold-out evening attended by 200 local guests began with a pre-ceremony reception and dinner in Leatherby's Café Rouge at the center. The crowd then walked to the Samueli Theater, joining additional invited guests for dessert and an outstanding program that included impressive performances by four of Orange County's exceptional vocal performance entities. Interspersed with the awards presentation were the Pacific Chorale John Alexander Singers, Costa Mesa's All-American Boys Chorus, the Orange County Women's Chorus and the deAngelis Vocal Ensemble.