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Established in 2018, the American Orange County Chinese Federation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting friendly relations, cultural, economic and trade exchanges between the United States and China.
Their tree is composed primarily of cultural heritage items such as Shu embroidery and Li brocade decorations. The tree ornaments include children’s handmade works on the theme of COVID-19 to present a particular and fascinating Christmas tree.
Ballet Pacifica’s mission is to expose young people to the artistry, beauty and athleticism of ballet through educational outreach and performances. Its innovative “SMArts” Program (Science, Math and the Arts) offers an interactive digital curriculum for second and third graders that integrates dance and movement with concepts such as symmetry, balance, force, storytelling and world culture, culminating in a performance of the Nutcracker Suites ballet.
Their holiday tree is entitled “Nutcracker in the Kingdom of Sweets.”
Beverly Sills Chapter
Beverly Sills is one of the largest chapters of The Guilds. Their activities and programs support the mission of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, especially the wide array of education programs benefitting children and families throughout Southern California, including members of the military stationed at Camp Pendleton.
For their holiday tree, Beverly Sills took inspiration from the traditional colors of gold (beauty) and red (good luck, joy and happiness) and the central Chinese concept of the harmonious balance of forces represented within the five elements: wood, represented with the bamboo; fire, the lanterns; earth, the yellow ornaments; metal, the coins; and water, the umbrellas. Their hope is that this tree brings you beauty, harmony and good fortune this season. The winning bidder will receive a $100 gift certificate for Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Boston Court Pasadena is an intimate performing arts center dedicated to creating and presenting works that are innovative, diverse, vital and adventurous. Proceeds from the Pavilion of Holiday Trees auction will support virtual and (hopefully) in-person programming in 2021.
Decorated with blue and silver, the theme of their holiday tree is “The arts make life shine.” Patrons submitted quotes about the importance of the arts in their lives, which are included within clear ornaments. Other decorations include “icicle” paintbrushes, musical doves, velvet ribbon, sparkling guitar picks and several Full Court Passes, which provides unlimited, free access to all of their 2021 programming.
Opened in 1936, the award-winning Bowers Museum enriches lives through the world’s finest arts and cultures in a warm, inviting space located in the heart of Orange County.
Their holiday tree, “Bringing The World To You,” is crowned by a replica of the festival headdress now on view in Miao: Masters of Silver, and the tree features ornaments representing past exhibitions such as Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor, African Twilight: Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies and Faberge: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars, among others. Additional ornaments include a Family-Level Membership to the Bowers Museum, a $50 gift card to the Museum Gallery Store and a $50 gift card to their award-winning Patina restaurant, Tangata.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
The Center Docents, founded in 1987, is a support group of the Center’s Education Department. They lead Center tours for more than 1,600 children and adults each year, assist with education programs at the Center, and raise money for scholarships to the 5 Days of Broadway workshops.
Since the arts can open the doors to creativity and wonderment, they chose the theme, “Believe in the Magic,” for their holiday tree, which features whimsical snowmen as a primary motif. The tree is dressed in the white of snow, the red of his scarf and the black of his magical top hat.
The Center Stars is a support organization for Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Their activities promote and support the artistic, community engagement and education programs of the Center.
Their elegant tree, “Star Light, Star Bright” showcases an abundance of Stars, Stars, Stars and more Stars! Featuring a variety of golds of every hue, deep greens to bright greens, the tree is filled with beautiful and spectacular stars of all kinds.
Chance Theater has served Orange County for the last 21 years with a mission to contribute to a more connected, compassionate and creative community. They are dedicated to the creation of exciting theatrical experiences, taking artistic risks and collaborating with gifted artists on passionate and provocative plays and musicals.
Their tree theme, “Creatures of the World,” furthers Chance Theater’s mission by celebrating different cultures and communities in an effort to bring us together to share a season of generosity, love and unity. The tree includes classic, contemporary and indigenous ornaments, and features a ‘flight’ of doves and a custom angel tree topper.
The Chinese American Museum, located in downtown Los Angeles, is the first museum in Southern California dedicated to the Chinese American experience and history in this region. Their mission is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of America’s diverse heritage by researching, preserving and sharing the history, rich cultural legacy and continuing contributions of Chinese Americans through exhibitions, educational programs and publications.
For their holiday tree, they chose Chinese food as a theme for the ways in which food connects and unifies our families and communities. Tree ornaments include items that have become “Americanized” and recognizable to the general public.
The Colburn School provides the highest quality performing arts education at all levels of development in an optimal learning environment. Founded on the principal of access to excellence, the Colburn School has remained committed to providing the best possible performing arts education to dedicated students for nearly 70 years.
Students, faculty, staff, board members, donors, parents and other Colburn community members provided decorations for the tree that celebrates the creative spirit and artistic visions of young artists who are in pursuit of their dreams at the Colburn School. Decorations include several QR code ornaments linking to special private and public Colburn performances online.
Committed to innovation, collaboration and training, Tony-nominated Deaf West Theatre serves as the artistic bridge between the deaf and hearing worlds by creating unparalleled theater experiences inspired by Deaf culture and the expressive power of sign language.
This tree celebrates 30 years of community, craft, and innovation. Framed photographic ornaments highlight 30 years of Deaf West productions, and can be replaced with family photos when this tree is taken home if desired! Pearls and dragonflies are symbolic of hope, change, and love. Under the tree are decorated gift boxes, a Deaf West T-shirt, stuffed figures of Santa, snowmen, birds, and elves.
Founded in 1965, East West Players is committed to raising the visibility of the Asian American experience by presenting inventive world-class theatrical productions, developing artists of color and providing impactful youth education programs
Based in downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, their holiday tree features design elements, such as origami, inspired by the historic district. Tree ornaments include season tickets and unique artist memorabilia.
The Pageant of the Masters, produced by the non-profit Festival of Arts, is one of the most unique productions in the world. Every summer since 1933, ticket holders have been amazed and enchanted by 90 minutes of “tableaux vivants” (living pictures), incredibly faithful recreations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.
Their tree features 24 mini masterpiece replicas hand painted by Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy. Ornaments include 6 tickets to the VIP night performance of next summer’s Pageant of the Masters, “Made in America,” on July 6th, and a private behind-the-scenes tour for 6 during a Pageant rehearsal, prior to the show (date TBD).
Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, one of the world’s leading LGBTQ performing organizations, presents a season at Alex Theatre and Walt Disney Concert Hall, and free appearances at public events, hospitals and community centers, along with special engagements including the Oscars, Film Independent Spirit Awards and Hollywood Bowl.
GMCLA’s tree features a stunning collection of glass instruments, with a few cheeky tributes to beloved songstresses name Carol(e). In addition to over $1,000 worth of keepsake ornaments (including 2020’s must-have masked Santa Claus), they have included a gift certificate for 4 tickets to their 2020 Holiday Spectacular!
Irvine Barclay Theatre has established itself as one of Southern California’s most imaginative and popular performing arts venues thanks to an eclectic mix of world-class music, dance and theatre, in an intimate “jewel box” venue, close to home, at affordable prices.
Their holiday tree combines bright, jewel-toned ornaments with trimmings that showcase all of the many art forms – music, dance, theatre and more – that have graced the Barclay stage for three decades. The tree features more than $1,000 worth of special holiday treats, including a VIP ticket package, a digital music player, dinner, brunch and two seats in their theater named after you.
Founded in 1947, La Jolla Playhouse is a place where artists and audiences come together to create what’s new and next in the American theatre.
The theme for their tree is based on their world-premiere, Tony-winning musical, Come From Away, which shares the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded airline passengers and the small Newfoundland town that welcomed them on the days following 9/11. The tree celebrates the show’s spirit of generosity and of taking care of one another during challenging times. Ornaments include a subscription to an upcoming season, a complimentary night at The Lodge at Torrey Pines for each subscription production, as well as a selection of merchandise and artist memorabilia.
Founded in 1965, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of more than 142,000 objects that illuminate 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe. LACMA’s spirit of experimentation is reflected in its collaborations with artists, technologists, and thought leaders in Southern California and around the world.
LACMA’s tree is inspired by Chris Burden’s Urban Light — a sculpture composed of 202 lamp posts and an icon of Los Angeles — where everyone is welcome. The winning bidder will receive a LACMA Membership for two—the perfect gift for any lover of art.
Luminario Ballet presents ballet en pointe – contemporary, classical; aerial dance a la Cirque Du Soleil; modern contemporary dance; and dance theater. Luminario Ballet represents the vibrancy, diversity, elegance, artistic and technical excellence of Southern California dance on a national and international stage.
Their holiday tree is a tribute to Stravinsky’s The Firebird, highlights of which are part of Luminario’s ballet/aerialist repertoire. Decorations include handmade artisan wire sculptures of their dancers and aerialists.
Musco Center for the Arts was conceived with one driving purpose: to empower Chapman University students and faculty to reach the highest levels of achievement in fine arts education, production and performance.
Our tree is entitled “Christmas from the Wings” – celebrating theater technology and a view that the public doesn’t usually get to see at Musco Center. Tree ornaments include backstage tools, audio equipment, a Musco Center Bravo Membership (value $250), a Musco Center VIP backstage tour, and autographed show posters (Mandy Patinkin, Alan Cumming, LeAnn Rimes, and more).
For 21 years, the Annual Newport Beach Film Festival has been dedicated to bringing the best of classic and contemporary films to our community.
“The Endless Summer Holiday Tree,” pays tribute to their 2020 opening film, A Life of Endless Summers: The Bruce Brown Story, which highlighted the active lifestyle of Southern California that is celebrated worldwide. The Endless Summer is a classic surf film that embodies the laid-back Orange County spirit. This is the only officially licensed holiday tree from Bruce Brown Films in history. Tree decorations include a limited edition autographed movie poster ($3,000 value), plus two All-Access Passes to the 2021 Festival ($1,500 value).
The Orange County School of the Arts is a public charter school that caters to 7th to 12th grade students who are passionate about their academic education and their arts education.
Their holiday tree theme, “Reach for the Stars!” features hand-cut and hand-painted wooden star shaped ornaments with a personal design that inspires good wishes and “Reach for the Stars.” Students used their creativity and their color and design skills to create a beautiful color-coordinated tree with various shades of lush blues, greens and golds. Handwritten “Wish on a Star” wish tags offer personal uplifting wishes for all. In addition, they built and painted a wooden tree base painted as a little stack of holiday gifts complete with detailed hand-painted wrapping paper and bows.
Orange County Music and Dance is a nonprofit community performing arts school, with a diverse student body of over 400 children, ranging in ages from 5 to 18. Their more than 40 instructors include members of the Pacific Symphony. Through their financial assistance program, they aim to make the arts accessible to every child, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
The theme of their tree is “Our Super Heroes.” Decorations include music and dance paper, figures and toys, as well as cards from our students with messages to their personal super heroes.
The Orange County Museum of Art’s mission is to enrich the lives of a diverse and changing community through modern and contemporary art. The museum is currently operating in its temporary location in Santa Ana – South Coast Plaza Village as it builds a permanent home at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Comprised of over 4,300 works of art, the collection’s focus is on modern and contemporary art.
The inspiration for OCMA’s holiday tree is from their current exhibition of Alexandra Grant and her work She Said to Creon. Styled in shades of blue and metallics, and incorporating a mix of textures and patterns, custom ornaments feature quotes and images of hope.
Pacific Chorale is the resident chorus of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, presenting an annual concert series at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. We are a frequent collaborator with Pacific Symphony. An internationally known ensemble, Pacific Chorale has been awarded for its innovative programming and its music education programs serving hundreds of children and families across Orange County.
Decorated by their Artistic Director Rob Istad and noted floral designer David Navarro, their tree inspires a sense of warm Christmas glow. Layered with hues of gold, bronze and hints of chocolate brown, and sprinkled with whimsical and musical elements, the tree embodies the spirit and community of the Pacific Chorale family.
Pacific Symphony inspires and engages Orange County and the region through exceptional music performances, as well as education and community programming. The Symphony leads a renaissance in the appreciation, accessibility and impact of classical music.
Their tree is inspired by their annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and contains three digital photo frames, a digital star, three voice-activated audio devices and two large colorful, wooden nutcrackers that flank the tree.
Pas de Deux Chapter of the Guilds of Segerstrom Center of the Arts was formed in 2015 in appreciation of ballet and the benefits of world class dance training. This chapter’s focus is supporting the students of the ABT William J Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center with enhanced opportunities to advance their education and training.
Their tree was inspired by the famous Petipa/Tchaikovsky ballet, Swan Lake, and features white and silver ornaments to represent the serene lake and the beautiful swans. Crowns figure prominently, shadowing the story of the princess who was turned into the beautiful Swan Queen, Odette. The accent color of lavender represents our group, Pas de Deux.
Founded in 1954, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County’s mission is to foster an appreciation for music by presenting national and international performances of the highest quality, while also providing dynamic and innovative music education programs for individuals of all ages.
Their “Ode to Joy” tree is inspired by one of the greatest musical works of all time: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Bonus gifts include a brand-new iPad mini with a curated music playlist (connected to an included ornament speaker via Bluetooth), signed CDs by some of classical music’s most celebrated artists, and season tickets to the Philharmonic Society’s 2021-22 concerts.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is among the nation’s premier cultural institutions, drawing over one million visitors annually with a broad range of world class performances and innovative education programs. The Center proudly serves as the largest provider of arts education on the West Coast.
As a nod to the beloved holiday tradition and Center favorite, this Nutcracker tree embodies a Holiday classic and embraces the beauty of the ballet. With the shimmer of the season and the sweetness of a Sugar Plum Fairy, the tree features a variety of pinks, glimmering golds and sparkling silvers. To see the star of the show, look no further than the point of the tree, where our glitzy and glamorous Nutcracker stands.
Listen. Feel. Transform.
Soka Performing Arts Center’s mission is to engage, educate, and elevate the human spirit. They accomplish this through thoughtful programming that is of the highest quality, culturally diverse, educational and relevant.
As their tree depicts, music is the universal language that brings people together. Soka PAC believes music can bring diverse people together to dialogue for peace. As the song says, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”
Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States, was the first arts group to build its home at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Step back in time with this Victorian-era creation inspired by South Coast Repertory’s annual holiday production, A Christmas Carol. Designed by theatre artist Angela B. Calin in vibrant tones of red, gold and silver, the tree features toys, drawings from the story, tiny London houses, Ebenezer Scrooge’s signature top hat and red scarf—and a gift pack including a storybook and 4 premium seats to see A Christmas Carol in 2021.
VAALA was founded in 1991 as a community-based non-profit organization by a group of Vietnamese American journalists, artists and friends to fill a void and provide a space for artists to express themselves as a newly resettled immigrant community.
For their tree, VAALA was inspired by the special ingredients used to create enticing foods central to all Vietnamese holidays and festivities. Children’s books at the base of the tree are included as presents, along with gift cards to popular local restaurants to experience and savor the numerous fruits of Vietnamese culture.