South Coast Plaza 50th Anniversary Gala and Concert

Ralph Fiennes, Helen Mirren and “legit” Brit Royal at South Coast Plaza 50th Celebration

 

 

At a gala celebration of South Coast Plaza’s 50th anniversary, Ralph Fiennes stepped up to the microphone to address the 150 invitation-only guests at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Having just enjoyed a concert by the renowned Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Valery Gergiev, all were now seated for a four-course gourmet dinner.

“Perhaps of all arts, music is the one that can sidestep language,” said the two-time Academy Award nominee . “Music reaches straight to the soul, putting borders and political and national differences out of focus. Music, I believe, is the great healer. It’s the great unifier.”

Fiennes then spoke of the night’s theme, “Art, Excellence and Friendship” which he said epitomized the life and work of the late Henry Segerstrom …

Click here to read the rest of my story about the South Coast Plaza 50th Anniversary Concert and Gala in the Los Angeles Times and to see more pictures from the event.

Top photo: From left, Taylor Hackford, Princess Michael of Kent, Placido Domingo and Helen Mirren at the South Coast Plaza 50th anniversary celebration gala and concert in honor of Henry Segerstrom (Photo by David Crotty for ©Patrick McMullan/ courtesy of South Coast Plaza)

Second photo: From left Katherine Ross and Michael Govan with Elizabeth Segerstrom at the South Coast Plaza 50th anniversary celebration gala and concert in honor of Henry Segerstrom (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging/ courtesy of South Coast Plaza)

Third photo: From left, Ellen Olivier, Pacific Symphony music director Carl St. Clair and Randy Baird at the South Coast Plaza 50th anniversary celebration gala and concert in honor of Henry Segerstrom (Photo by David Crotty for ©Patrick McMullan/ courtesy of South Coast Plaza)

 

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South Coast Plaza 50th Anniversary Gala and Concert

Published Nov. 10, 2017 – Ellen Olivier, Society News L.A.