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The Crowd: Enjoying a fun night of 'Pain'

January 31, 2013|By B.W. Cook
  • From left, Dr. William Hall, Sebastian P. and Marybelle Musco, and opera superstar Placido Domingo at the groundbreaking ceremony for the $64-million, 1,100-seat Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University in Orange.
From left, Dr. William Hall, Sebastian P. and Marybelle… (Daily Pilot )

The Orange County Museum of Art is set to begin a year of special events beginning in February, kicking off a season of cutting-edge art events in the OC.

Museum director Dennis Szakacs and his team are sponsoring an exhibition titled "Richard Jackson: Ain't Painting A Pain." The exhibition is sponsored and made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Local art support is coming from the philanthropic Jean and Tim Weiss, Lenore and Bernard Greenberg, and additional donors including the Rennie Collection of Vancouver, the David Kordansky Gallery, and Hauser & Wirth.

To launch the exhibition, which will be on view Feb. 17 through May 5, Szakacs and the OCMA board of trustees will host a gala preview dinner Feb. 15. The Friday evening cocktail party and dinner will treat museum aficionados to a preview of OCMA's retrospective on Jackson's outrageously radical exploration of contemporary painting.

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Works presented will include paintings never before seen in the United States, along with a mind-blowing new large-scale outdoor project by the artist.

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The Pacific Symphony is set to host its 2013 Pacific Coast Wine Festival on Feb. 9 at the Island Hotel, Newport Beach.

A wine auction and dinner will accompany extraordinary wine tasting from a list of wineries including Aubert Wines, Chateau Ducru-Beaucallou, Chateau Margaux, Harlan Estate, Hundred Acre and Peter Michael Winery, to name only a few. To learn more, go to http://www.pacificcoastwinefestival.com.

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Opera superstar Plácido Domingo joined Newport philanthropists Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco, of Big Canyon, and William Hall, of Chapman University, at a groundbreaking ceremony last year for the $64-million, 1,100-seat Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman.

On Jan. 23, Chapman named its Conservatory of Music in honor of Hall, who is celebrating 50 years on campus. The naming of the William D. Hall and Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Conservatory of Music in conjunction with the Musco Center for the Arts was announced by Chapman President James Doti at a gala dinner on campus, attracting local Orange County leaders and more than 500 of Hall's former Chapman students.

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