I always love this issue, since I have an arts background and am tuned in to what is happening here in our lovely community. I have a degree in music and taught vocal music in Indiana, where I’m from, and in Fountain Valley, California for six years before, sadly, the music program was severely cut back. I sang with the Master Chorale of Orange County (later the William Hall Master Chorale) for 25 years and continue to sing with my church’s 120-member choir. Along the way, I’ve supported the arts with my time, expertise and treasure, i.e. Segerstrom Center, Opera Pacific (chairing five opera balls!), the Master Chorale, and Chapman University’s Musco Center. Along the way, as a journalist, I have written about all the arts groups in the county, so I have an overall understanding of how healthy the arts are here.

Our feature story details the 2018-2019 seasons of three of the most successful performing arts venues in the county: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Musco Center for the Arts and Irvine Barclay Theatre. You will be impressed with the plethora of offerings.

Also, of note, is an article about Pacific Symphony’s 40th anniversary. From the celebrated stages of Europe, China and Carnegie Hall, this amazing orchestra has arrived!

If you would like to be immersed in culture, visit Athens, Greece. Our travel story details the ancient city as “a cultured European hub with an artistic soul.” 

Not arts related, but with an important message, our story on the sixth annual “Priceless” luncheon, hosted by Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, focuses on the huge issue of human trafficking. Deirdre Pujols, wife of Angels baseball superstar Albert Pujols, is the keynote speaker.

Take a look at the wonderful array of performances offered at our featured arts venues, and purchase some tickets! I am looking forward to attending many of those amazing performances myself. Who knows, I’ll probably see you there!

Until next time,


Donna Bunce, Editor


Cover Photo: Courtesy of Andre Niesing