Pacific Symphony Cuts Ribbon on New Offices in Irvine
Trumpets played, flags were raised and a giant ribbon was cut to unveil the new Pacific Symphony administrative headquarters in the City of Irvine yesterday. Symphony President John Forsyte revealed the Board of Directors' support in naming the building the Charlie and Ling Zhang Musical Arts & Education Center, to honor the man whose vision and generosity made the move possible.
Located at 17620 Fitch Ave., Irvine, CA 92614, the building also houses arts partners Arts Orange County and the newly founded Orange County Music & Dance (OCMD). The Symphony's offices contain 15,000 square feet of space, more than 55 percent than the previous location for the same rent, as well as a highly visible location off of MacArthur Blvd. A pre-event reception was held for donors who contributed naming sponsorships of office spaces for a "New Building Campaign" co-chaired by Scott Siegel and David Collins that has raised $500,000 so far. (A few offices are still available to sponsor. See release for the complete list of donors.)
A celebratory flag raising and ribbon-cutting ceremony commenced at 5:45 p.m., and after, attendees were treated to a performance of the Allegretto movement from Mozart's Piano Quartet No. 2 given by Symphony musicians and pianist Orli Shaham in the black box theater located at OCMD.