Reflections World Premiere and a Golden Baton

REFLECTIONS World Premiere – a Historic Partnership of the Bolshoi Ballet and Segerstrom Center for the Arts 

And a Golden Baton for Elizabeth Segerstrom


A ballerina danced inside a plastic bubble, as 250 guests streamed into the Jewel Court at South Coast Plaza for the near-midnight supper, which followed the world-premiere of “REFLECTIONS.” Created by European and American choreographers for seven Russian ballerinas trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, the ballet series opened Jan. 20 in Orange County before going on to Moscow the next month. 

More than a unique collaboration between the Bolshoi Ballet and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the REFLECTIONS world-premiere also marked the Center’s first production since changing its name from the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

Party-goers included Yekaterina Zhukov, wife of Alexander Zhukov, the deputy prime minister of Russia; dance impresario Sergei Danilian of Ardani Artists; production underwriters Terry and George Schreyer, Virginia and Richard Hunsaker, Sutton and Christian Stracke, Christina Lyon, Bill Gillespie and Michelle Rohe; center President Terry Dwyer; and Elizabeth and Henry Segerstrom, members of the family for whom the Center was renamed.

The name change honored the entire Segerstrom family for its many contributions, beginning with the donation of land for what is now a 14-acre arts complex. The campus includes the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Samueli Theater, Founders Hall and Arts Plaza, in addition to the original Segerstrom Hall.  The Tony Award-winning theater, South Coast Repertory, shares the land. 

As an extra bonus, on May 15,  the Philharmonic Society of Orange County awarded Elizabeth Segerstrom its highest honor: the Golden Baton for for her devotion to the arts. Coincidentally, Henry Segerstrom received the organization’s first Golden Baton in 1982. Over the years, honorees have included Zubin Mehta, Donald Bren, Disneyland, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, and other philanthropic individuals and organizations. 

The by-invitation Golden Baton affair at the Center Club included a reception, gourmet dinner and concert by the acclaimed Spanish guitarist Angel Romero. There were remarks by Philharmonic Society chair Sabra Bordas, SCFTA chair Lawrence Higby, and Dean Corey, the society’s president and artistic director; and the evening ended with a champagne toast to the honoree. 

Guests included Jennifer and Anton Segerstrom, Toren Segerstrom, Andrea and David Grant, Richard Moriarty, Jeanne Moriarty and Ruth Ann Moriarty, Willa Dean and Bill Lyon, Betty and S.L. Huang, Joan and John Hotchkis, Kristina and Larry Dodge, Elizabeth An and George Clune, and Marsha and Darrel Anderson.

Click here to read my original story in the Los Angeles Times about the REFLECTIONS world premiere at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. 

Photos from top, the REFLECTIONS world premiere at SCFTA; Golden Baton honoree Elizabeth Segerstrom with John Hotchkis. 



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REFLECTIONS World Premiere Partnering Bolshoi Ballet and Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Published Jan. 3, 2011 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA