The Mariinsky Theatre traces its illustrious cultural history as far back as 1783. For more than two centuries the Mariinsky has presented the world with a wide range of outstanding Russian and International artists. Great opera singers honed their skills and rose to glory. Ballet dancers (including Nureyev and Baryshnikov) reigned supreme on the stage. This is where George Balanchine set out on the road to art. Brilliant theatre decorators created immortal scenic designs.
In 1988 Valery Gergiev was appointed General Director and Artistic Director. Gergiev himself has become a world treasure on the cultural music scene. He and his Orchestra, Ballet and Opera companies have made several unforgettable appearances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. In 2006 the company was presented with its magnificent new Concert Hall, built on Maestro Gergiev's initiative.
The Mariinsky tree is inspired by the magnificence of the architectural and cultural life of St. Petersburg, with several ornamental keepsakes.
Holiday Greetings to my dearest friends in Orange County! I wish you good health and all hopeful wishes for the New Year!
American Friends of the Louvre
American Friends of the Louvre was organized in the United States, to strengthen ties between the Louvre and the American public and to formalize the longstanding generosity of American patrons. Through its support, AFL raises awareness of the Louvre's collections and museum expertise and helps make the Museum's exhibitions and permanent collections more accessible in the U.S. and around the world.
Our holiday tree is inspired by the glory and treasures of the Louvre Museum in Paris. This tree features a two-year AFL Patron membership, valued at $2,000.
Proceeds will benefit American Friends of the Louvre and provide critical ongoing support of projects at the Louvre Museum, especially those that serve the American public.
More than just a television station, PBS SoCal is an important cultural and educational institution for the community, whose mission is to foster a love of learning, culture and community using the power of public media. PBS SoCal delivers its mission through content and experiences that inform, inspire and entertain. These include distinctive PBS programming, person-to-person experiences in the classroom and the community, diverse cultural and community partnerships, and content that is for, about and by Southern Californians.
Our tree celebrates the vibrant work of internationally renowned artist and conservationist Wyland, host of the PBS program Wyland's Art Studio, and his nationally recognized non-profit foundation. This majestic holiday tree brimming with sea creatures inspires us to protect the precious beauty of our oceans.
Ornaments include access to our KCET Virtual Cinema Series and a whale watching excursion with Wyland himself.
The Wyland Foundation and I are so happy to be part of an occasion like this that is joyous and uplifting. It's a perfect fit for our mission of bringing together arts, people, and the protection of our coasts and waterways. - Wyland, internationally renowned marine life artist and conservationist
American Dance Movement
American Dance Movement - on a mission to move us all by building healthy communities through dance.
American Dance Movement (ADM) builds healthy communities through dance by expanding access to dance and movement, educating about its benefits, and inspiring generations of dance enthusiasts. While ADM's focus has always celebrated the art form of dance, an expanded vision also includes a robust health initiative, partnering with the American Heart Association to bring dance to schools across the nation.
Our tree is inspired by The Joy of Dance, ornamented with dance figurines and photo memorabilia from ADM's founders, producers Nigel Lythgoe (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance) and Adam Shankman (So You Think You Can Dance, Hairspray). Included are a meet and greet with MDC3, the Season 4 winners of NBC's hit series World of Dance, and a dance lesson coached by renowned choreographer Shannon Mather (in-person or virtual).
At this historic time, when so many family and friends cannot be together due to this pandemic I would like to wish you all a safe, happy and loving holiday period.
Here's hoping that you and those you love have a healthy and happy holiday season. Count your blessings every day and nestle close, believing in the best of our world, with visions of sugar plums dancing in your head.
Lang Lang International Music Foundation
The Lang Lang International Music Foundation (LLIMF) was founded on the belief that music can change the lives of children. We accomplish this by offering an outlet for the social, emotional, and intellectual development of children with programs that help them build self-confidence and discover their place in the world.
Since the establishment of the Foundation twelve years ago, we have developed increasing reach across the globe with our programs, impacting the lives of thousands of children.
This holiday tree mirrors the mission of the foundation that all children should have access to a music education, regardless of their background.
The decorations include authentic Steinway grand piano keys signed personally by world renowned pianist Lang Lang.
All proceeds will benefit "Keys of Inspiration," a grant which gives underfunded public schools a state-of-the-art piano lab, curriculum, and workbooks. Music teachers also receive annual professional development opportunities. This unique program integrates sequential music instruction into the school day as a required element of the school's curriculum, and provides equitable access to all students, most of whom never could afford such learning.
My team and I wish you and your family a safe, healthy, and meaningful holiday season.
Lang Lang and the entire team at LLIMF
American Orange County Chinese Federation
Established in 2018, the American Orange County Chinese Federation is a non-profit organization aimed to enhance cooperation and exchanges between Chinese community organizations and promote friendly relations, cultural exchanges and economic and trade exchanges between the United States and China. To expand the career development of various member organizations, strengthen the overall strength of the Chinese, and safeguard the fundamental interests of the Chinese for the purpose of providing all-round assistance and assistance to the Chinese and overseas Chinese in Orange County and Los Angeles.
Our "Intangible Cultural Heritage" Christmas tree is mainly composed of Shu embroidery and Li brocade decorations, accompanied by children's handmade works on the theme of COVID-19 to present a particular and fascinating Christmas tree.
Shu embroidery is the general name for embroidery products in areas around Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Shu embroidery enjoys a long history. As early as the Han Dynasty, Shu embroidery was already famous.
The central government even designated an office in this area for its administration. During the Five Dynasties and Ten States periods (907-960), a peaceful society and large demand provided advanced conditions for the rapid development of the Shu Embroidery industry.
Originating among the folk people in the west of Sichuan Province, Shu embroidery formed its own unique characteristics: smooth, bright, neat, and influenced by the geographical environment, customs, and cultures.
Li Textile is a very ancient and rare art form. Known as the China's earliest textile, it was originated in China's Hainan Island. Its history traces back to 3,000 years ago.
The Li people used their own bodies as looms, bamboos and wood as tools. Thus the unique technique and 3000 years old weaving code is impossible to be imitated by modern machinery.
After thousands of years of inheritance and development, it has evolved into an awe- inspiring art form. It is praised as a living fossil in textile history.
According to 2009 UNESCO statistics, less than 200 people around the world are able to skillfully use this skill, and that number will drop over time. Li brocade has been declared a "World Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding" by UNESCO
The Center Docents, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
The Center Docents was founded in 1987, and as a support group of the Center's Education Department, its volunteers lead more than 1,600 children and adults each year on tours of Segerstrom Center, exploring the architecturally distinguished buildings which have become some of Orange County's most immediately recognizable landmarks and cultural symbols. In addition to the tours and assisting with education programs at the Center, they raise money for scholarships to our Five Days of Broadway musical theater program for students who would otherwise not be able to participate.
Because the arts can open the doors to creativity and wonderment, we chose "Believe in the Magic" as our theme, and the whimsy of friendly snowmen as our 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 winning bidder will receive a $100 gift certificate for Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
All proceeds benefit Segerstrom Center's education programs that reach more than 300,000 students and families throughout Southern California each year.
Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles
Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, one of the leading LGBTQ performing organizations in the world since 1979, sings for love and acceptance, social justice, equal rights, and all people everywhere seeking their own voice. Each year, the Chorus presents a season of concerts at Alex Theatre and Walt Disney Concert Hall, performs for free at public events, hospitals and community centers; and has sung at special engagements including the Oscars, last season's Film Independent Spirit Awards and with Hugh Jackman at Hollywood Bowl. GMCLA's education program which is at the core of our mission, serves young people with exceptional music and themes of identity, acceptance, inclusion, and anti-bullying, and has reached over 70,000 Middle and High School students.
GMCLA's showcase tree is a celebration of "Christmas Carols," featuring a stunning collection of glass instruments joined together in a spectacular visual holiday orchestra! We even threw in a few cheeky tributes to some of our beloved songstresses named Carol(e). In addition to over $1,000 worth of keepsake ornaments (including 2020's must-have masked Santa Claus), the lucky bidder will also receive a gift certificate for 4 tickets to GMCLA's 2021 Holiday Spectacular concert. Let us fill your holiday home with our sparkling tribute to song!
The funds will directly benefit GMCLA.
Musco Center for the Arts
Musco Center for the Arts was conceived with the singular driving purpose of empowering Chapman University students and faculty to reach the highest levels of achievement in fine arts education, production, and performance. Taking its place among the nation's top university performance and education venues, Musco Center stands as a testament to Chapman University's creative spirit, pursuit of excellence, and passionate commitment to attracting world-class talent to our campus and our community.
Our tree's theme is "Christmas from the Wings" - celebrating theater technology and a view that the public doesn't usually get to see at Musco Center. The tree ornaments include backstage tools (screwdrivers, tape, level, wrench, wire strippers, hammer, Electrical connectors, holiday-themed lighting gobos, headlamps), framed photos from Musco Center performances, music themed ornaments, a Musco Center Bravo Membership (value $250), a Musco Center VIP backstage tour, and 10 autographed show posters (Mandy Patinkin, Alan Cumming, LeAnn Rimes, Miranda Sings, Michio Kaku, Blind Boys of Alabama, Disney's Pixar in Concert, Disney's Beauty and the Beast in Concert, Kishi Bashi, and Nochebuena).
All proceeds benefit the Musco Center Creative Fund.
Beverly Sills Chapter, The Guilds of Segerstrom Center
Beverly Sills is one of the largest chapters of The Guilds. Our activities and programs support the mission of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, especially the wide array of education programs that benefit children and families throughout Southern California, including members of our military stationed at Camp Pendleton.
We took inspiration from the traditional Asian 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. We hope 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.
Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA)
VAALA was founded in 1991 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. VAALA is a community-based non-profit organization historically run by volunteers with the mission to connect and enrich communities through Vietnamese arts and culture.
Over the years, VAALA has collaborated with diverse community partners to organize a variety of cultural events. These events have included art workshops and exhibitions under the Gallery Beyond Walls program, book signings, music recitals, plays, literacy events such as Viet Book Fest, and the annual Viet Film Fest.
Holidays around the world are a time for celebration, family festivities, and delicious food. Our Holiday Tree is inspired by special ingredients that are used to create enticing foods central to all Vietnamese festivities. Food has the ability to bring people together, connecting different generations and cultures. Hanging from the tree's branches, like bountiful fruits, are some essential ingredients used in many Vietnamese dishes: rice, dried noodles, mung beans, and some special items such as the star anises, agar agar, and tapioca pearls.
We completed our tree with print clippings of VAALA's "food for the soul" art programs and events. Since its establishment in 1991, VAALA has organized hundreds of delectable community events, including the annual Viet Film Fest, Autumn Moon Fest, Gallery Beyond Walls (Project Foto, Illuminated Recipes), art exhibitions such as F.O.B.: A Multi-Art Show, F.O.B.II: Art Speaks, TransformART, Generations: 40 Hues Between Black and White, and numerous literary events. The beautiful children's books at the base of the tree were featured in our inaugural Viet Book Fest (held recently in October) and are included with our Holiday Tree as presents, along with gift cards to popular local restaurants, so you can directly experience and savor the numerous fruits of Vietnamese culture.
Thank you for taking a moment to enjoy and bid on VAALA's Holiday Tree! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
All proceeds will benefit VAALA.
Orange County Music and Dance
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. We have more than 40 instructors, most with advanced degrees and professional performance experience, including members of the Pacific Symphony.
Through our financial assistance program, we aim to make the arts accessible to every child, regardless of their family's ability to pay.
Our vision is that every child will have the opportunity to develop his or her innate talents, learning from the most accomplished professionals, encouraged by peers, family and community, and with access to instruments and facilities that enable each student to reach his or her personal best.
The theme of our tree is "Our Super Heroes". It is decorated music and dance paper, figures and toys, as well as cards from our students with messages to their personal super heroes.
From November 16 to 21, OC Music & Dance is teaming up with families and our local community to reach out and help those who are in need. During our Thank a Hero. Become a Hero. food drive event, we aim to collect 500 pounds of food to be donated to the OC Food Bank. You're invited to help us reach our goal! To donate or volunteer, go to ocmusicdance.org/hero.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is among the nation's premier cultural institutions, drawing more than one million visitors annually with a broad range of world class performances and innovative education and community programs. The Center is Orange County's largest not-for-profit arts organization.
The Center proudly serves as the largest provider of arts education on the West Coast. Each year, we impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of students through engaging education programs that enhance creative development, excite imaginations, and improve academic performance. Through our Center for Dance and Innovation, the Center serves nearly 300 students per school year in our American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and Studio D: Arts School for All Abilities.
The Nutcracker -- As a nod to the beloved holiday tradition and Center favorite, our Nutcracker tree embodies a Christmas classic and embraces the beauty of the ballet. With the shimmer of the season and the sweetness of a Sugar Plum Fairy, this Christmas tree is sure to dazzle and delight the traditionalist and excite the neo-decorators looking for a modern twist with its variety of pinks, glimmering golds and sparkling silvers. When it comes to the star of the show, look no further than the point of the tree, where our glitzy and glamorous Nutcracker stands.
The winning bidder will receive a $100 gift certificate for Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Pacific Symphony inspires, engages, and serves Orange County and the region through exceptional music performances, and education and community programming. Led by our distinguished Music Director Carl St.Clair, the Symphony leads a renaissance in the appreciation, accessibility and impact of classical music in Orange County and the region, through creativity, responsiveness and innovation.
The inspiration for Pacific Symphony's Holiday Tree comes from our annual performance of "The Nutcracker," Tchaikovsky's delightful Christmas ballet presented each December at one of our Family Concerts. Our annual "Nutcracker for Kids" is a condensed version developed by our Education and Community Engagement Department. It offers children and families the opportunity to enjoy this classical piece together, participate in family-friendly arts and crafts, experience an instrumental petting zoo, and meet Symphony musicians before and after the concert.
Pacific Symphony's Holiday Tree contains three digital photo frames, a digital star, three audio devices that are voice-activated, and two large colorful, wooden nutcrackers that flank the tree: all of which the lucky highest bidder will get to keep!
Deaf West Theatre
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.
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 vibrance, diversity, elegance, artistic and technical excellence of Southern California dance on a national and international stage, most recently in early 2020 performing to rave reviews in New York City, Mumbai, India, and Palm Springs CA.
Our tree is a tribute to Stravinsky's "Firebird" - highlights of which are part of Luminario's ballet/aerialist repertoire.
It features handmade artisan wire sculptures of our dancers and aerialists by Hailey Wire Sculpture of ETSY; handmade photo ornaments containing Luminario Ballet dancers and aerialists; miniature hanging Luminario photo gift bags containing Lindor chocolate truffles and Almond Roca; Firebird red feather ostrich plumes; red roses; custom Luminario logo'd red ornaments; gold painted pointe shoes from our ballerinas; and a handcrafted tutu tree skirt and tutu tree garland.
Newport Beach Film Festival
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 - The Newport Beach Film Festival recently opened the its annual event with "A Life of Endless Summers: The Bruce Brown Story." During the Festival's 21 year history, we have showcased 3 generations of filmmakers from the Brown family, highlighting 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 and 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 2 All-Access Passes to the 2021 Festival ($1,500 value).
Boston Court Pasadena
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 auction of our tree will support virtual and (hopefully) in-person programming in 2021.
Decorated with blue and silver, the theme of our tree is "the arts make life shine." Patrons submitted quotes about the importance of the arts in their lives and those quotes are included within the clear ornaments.
Also included are "icicle" paint brushes, musical doves, velvet ribbon, and sparkling guitar picks.
Tree decorations include several "Full Court Passes" which provide unlimited, free access to all of our programming.
East West Players
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.
In spite of troubled times, Little Tokyo still endures as one of three remaining daily operating Japan-towns in the nation and has held a tradition of making space for artists and art incubation throughout its 130-year history-be it the birth of cool blues and West Coast Jazz during the Bronzeville period, the hub for the Punk scene at the Atomic Cafe, the theatres for performance groups like ours, Cold Tofu, and JACCC that continue to operate and the many classical Japanese practices that are upheld to this day at temples and other creative spaces throughout the community. Just as the state of California has honored the community as one of its state-recognized "Cultural Districts", we honor Little Tokyo by featuring handcrafted Origami ornaments and paper doves.
We also celebrate the many artists who have contributed to EWP's legacy with photos personally autographed by Asian American luminaries from the arts and entertainment world, Dee Dee Magno Hall (Steven Universe), Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars, Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon), Francois Chau (The Expanse), Zehra Fazal (Netflix's She Ra, Batman: Death in the Family), Emily Kuroda (Gilmore Girls), Jon Jon Briones (Ratched), Isa Briones (Star Trek: Picard), and Gedde Watanabe (16 Candles, Gung Ho).
Orange County School of the Arts
The Orange County School of the Arts is a public charter school for 7th - 12th grade students who are passionate about their academic and arts education. Each student is able to focus on a particular artform and works hard daily to take that talent to the next level. OCSA has nearly 2,200 students that invest countless hours in their education and pursuing their artistic dreams. They reach for the stars every day.
Mission Statement: Orange County School of the Arts provides an unparalleled arts and academic education in a creative, challenging, and nurturing environment to a diverse student body passionate about the arts, preparing them to reach their highest potential.
The Orange County School of the Arts holiday tree theme is "Reach for the Stars!" because our students always use their artistic skills to beautify their local community and raise the community spirit. We illustrated our theme by creating hand-cut wooden star ornaments and hand-painted each ornament with a personal design that says "Reach for the Stars". The students used their ingenuity and creativity as well as their color and design skills to create a beautiful color coordinated tree with various shades of lush blues, greens and golds. There are also added handwritten "Wish on a Star" wish tags with personal uplifting wishes for everyone. We made all of the stars, wish tags and other surprise star ornaments as well as the colorful globe ornaments and a customized tree topper. The wooden tree base was designed and painted as a little stack of holiday gifts complete with detailed hand-painted wrapping paper and bows. We hope our tree inspires people and makes them feel positive, hopeful and celebrated.
All proceeds will go to the amazing conservatories at Orange County School of the Arts.
Chinese American Museum
The Chinese American Museum is located in downtown Los Angeles and is the first museum in Southern California dedicated to the Chinese American experience and history in this region. CAM's mission is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of American's diverse heritage by researching, preserving, and sharing the history, rich cultural legacy, and continuing contributions of Chinese Americans. Through multi-faceted activities including exhibitions, educational programs, and publications, CAM aims to illuminate the challenges and achievements of Chinese Americans, from the earliest pioneers to the newest immigrants.
For our holiday tree, we chose Chinese food as a theme for the ways in which food connects and unifies our families and communities. Tree ornaments include food items that have become "Americanized" and recognizable to the general public. While this holiday season may be virtual, we hope this tree can encourage celebrations with friends and family in fun and unique ways!
All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Chinese American Museum.
Pas De Deux Chapter, The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Pas de Deux Chapter of The Guilds of the Segerstrom Center of the Arts was formed in 2015 by a group of men and women who appreciate ballet and the benefits of world class dance training, not only as a preparation for a career, but also as a grounding in life skills. This chapter's focus is supporting the students of the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center with enhanced opportunities to advance their education and training.
This tree was inspired by the famous Petipa/Tchaikovsky ballet, Swan Lake, a favorite of Segerstrom Center ballet fans. We chose 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.
The winning bidder will receive a $100 gift certificate for Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
All proceeds benefit the ABT Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center.
La Jolla Playhouse
La Jolla Playhouse is a place where artists and audiences come together to create what's new and next in the American theatre, from Tony Award-winning productions, to imaginative programs for young audiences, to interactive experiences outside our theatre walls. Founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, the Playhouse is currently led by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley and Managing Director Debby Buchholz. Internationally renowned for the development of new plays and musicals, the Playhouse has sent 33 productions to Broadway, garnering 38 Tony Awards, as well as the 1993 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.
The theme for our tree is centered around La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere 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, of finding friendship, joy and commonality among strangers, and of taking care of each other during challenging times. This Playhouse-born production, written by David Hein and Irene Sankoff, went on to Broadway, where it received nine Tony Award nominations including a win for director Christopher Ashley, the Rich Family Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse. Before the pandemic, five productions of the musical have been running on Broadway, London's West End, Toronto, Australia and on U.S. Tour (including the Segerstrom Center for the Arts), playing to sold-out audiences around the world.
The tree ornaments include several items of value, such as a subscription to an upcoming La Jolla Playhouse season, a complimentary night at The Lodge at Torrey Pines for each subscription production, as well as a selection of Playhouse merchandise and artist memorabilia.
The Center Stars, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
The Center Stars is a support organization for Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Its activities promote and support the artistic, community engagement and education programs of the Center.
Star Light, Star Bright - as the Center Stars, we wanted to showcase an abundance of Stars! Stars, stars and more stars. This is an elegant tree, with a variety of golds of every hue, deep greens to bright greens, filled with beautiful and spectacular stars of all kinds.
The winning bidder will receive a $100 gift certificate for Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Soka Performing Arts Center
Soka Performing Arts Center's mission is to "engage, educate, and elevate the human spirit." We accomplish this through thoughtful programming that is of the highest quality, culturally diverse, educational, and relevant, that highlights the exquisite acoustics in our concert hall created by master acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota (Disney Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, etc.). Soka Performing Arts Center serves the students and faculty of Soka University of America, and the entire Orange County community, offering a unique opportunity to experience live music like never before. Listen. Feel. Transform.
Music is the universal language that brings people together. Let's use music to bring diverse people together to dialogue for Peace. As the song says, "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me."
Irvine Barclay Theatre
Since 1990, Irvine Barclay Theatre (IBT) has established itself as one of Southern California's most imaginative and popular performing arts venues. Featuring an eclectic mix of music, dance, and theatre, it offers the community the rare opportunity to experience world-class performances in a beautiful, intimate, "jewel box" venue, close to home, and all at affordable prices. The Barclay proudly celebrates 30 years as your home for the performing arts in Orange County.
The IBT tree celebrates our belief that performing arts are essential and is inspired by our jewel box theater. The décor combines rich jewel-tone colors with trimmings that showcase all of the many art forms - music, dance, theatre and more - that have graced the Barclay stage for three decades.
Dripping in "gems" and tiny ornament treasures, the tree includes: a 24k gold-plated mini-saxophone with real crystals (a special nod to the Barclay's saxophone-playing leadership duo, Jerry Mandel and Craig Springer), unique multi-colored bejeweled topper by Cody Foster & Co. (a $180 value), dozens of miniature instruments with amazing details - tiny guitars, brass horns, pianos, drum and more - including a cello with bow in its own velvet-lined case, authentic opera glasses, and a small sleigh under its bows.
Along with the whimsically adorned tree, special treats for the winning bidder include:
- "An Evening at The Barclay" - This date night package for two includes: VIP treatment at an IBT presented show with parking, premium tickets, access to all Gold Bar perks (complimentary cocktails & refreshments in our private bar area)., An invitation to artist event (meet and greet, post-show reception, etc.) PLUS dinner at Bistango Restaurant in Irvine. (approx. value: $400.) (*Dates and details TBD based upon venue re-opening guidelines. IBT will work directly with the winning bidder to schedule.)
- PLUS - Seat-naming rights for two of the brand-new chairs in our jewel box theater auditorium. ($500 value)
- A portable digital music player/speaker which includes a 42-track playlist of holiday music by some of the fantastic artists who've performed at the Barclay. (approx value: $100.)
- BONUS! Sunday Brunch for two at Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach (approx value: $150.)
All proceeds will benefit Irvine Barclay Theatre, a California 501c3 Non-profit organization, and through it, the Orange County community it serves.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Founded in 1965, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art 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. Interpreting works of art from new and unexpected points of view, LACMA curates exhibits informed by our region's rich cultural heritage and diverse population. LACMA's spirit of experimentation is reflected in its collaborations with artists, technologists, and thought leaders in Southern California and around the world.
The theme of our tree is "LACMA: Membership Means Belonging." It's decorative elements are inspired by Chris Burden's Urban Light-one of the most iconic artworks in the LACMA collection and a symbol of Los Angeles. Each of the artwork's 202 lamp posts once stood somewhere in Southern California, including Orange County. Free and open to the public every day and night, Urban Light is a gathering place where everyone belongs. LACMA Membership is also a gathering of many, where a love of art and the values of community are entwined. Through the support of members, LACMA is able to present inspiring exhibitions and educational programs to millions each year.
The winning bidder also receives a LACMA Membership for two ($130 value), including a year of free entry to the museum, invitations to exclusive digital events, discounts at the LACMA Store, and more. Keep for yourself or give to someone you love. LACMA Membership is the perfect gift.
More at lacma.org/gift
Chance Theater's mission is to contribute to a more connected, compassionate, and creative community. We are dedicated to the creation of exciting theatrical experiences, taking artistic risks, and collaborating with gifted artists on passionate and provocative plays and musicals.
Chance Theater has been serving Orange County for the last 21 years. This year's tree theme celebrates different cultures and communities in an effort to bring us together to share a season of generosity, love, and unity. Chance Theater's tree has a creatures of the world theme, with a couple of visual surprises, including a 'flight' of doves and a custom angel tree top. It also includes classic, contemporary and indigenous ornaments.
Funds raised will benefit Chance Theater's artists, outreach programs, and productions.
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. Under the care and guidance of an exceptional faculty, generations of students have discovered and expressed their passion for music, dance, and the performing arts.
The Colburn community tree is a reflection of the School's mission to provide access to excellence to anyone wishing to pursue a performing arts education. Each unit of the School is represented by its specific unit color-the Community School of Performing Arts, Conservatory of Music, Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, Music Academy, and Center for Innovation and Community Impact. Decorations were provided by students, faculty, staff, board members, donors, parents, and other Colburn community members, and celebrates the creative spirit and artistic visions of young artists who are in pursuit of their dreams at the Colburn School. The tree also includes an interactive element, with several QR code ornaments that link to special private and public Colburn performances online.
All proceeds will support the Colburn School.
Festival of Arts / Pageant of the Masters
The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach mission is to promote, produce, and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. Every summer the organization hosts California's premier open air fine art show and produces its most famous attraction, the "Pageant of the Masters."
Featuring an outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, the Pageant of the Masters is one of the most unique productions in the world.
Every summer since 1933, ticket holders have been amazed and enchanted by ninety 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.
This tree features 24 mini masterpiece replicas hand painted by Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy. She has selected 24 iconic images from the book "The Story of Painting" by Sister Wendy Beckett. The mini recreations were drawn freehand and then painted with acrylic paint on canvas boards. Most of the pictures took about 2 hours to paint. All are framed and the artist hopes that her little paintings will have a life beyond the holiday season. Viewers will recognize works by Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Edouard Manet and other master artists whose paintings have often been transformed into life-sized recreations in the world-famous Pageant of the Masters.
Also adorning the tree are artist's palettes, mini classical statuettes and a tree topper made of artist's paint brushes. The picture frames and garlands add a golden glamor to the overall effect.
Tree ornaments include 6 (six) tickets to the VIP Night performance of next summer's Pageant of the Masters, "Made in America," on July 6th. Plus, enjoy a private behind-the-scenes tour for 6 (six) during a Pageant rehearsal, prior to the show (date TBD). At which time, the winner will have the rare and exclusive opportunity to meet Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy and watch the making of a living picture.
Orange County Museum of Art
OCMA's mission: enrich the lives of a diverse and changing community through modern and contemporary art. The museum is currently operating in its temporary location in South Coast Plaza Village as it builds a permanent home at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Its collection forms the cornerstone of the museum and is a significant cultural resource for the community. Comprised of over 4,300 works of art, the collection's focus is on modern and contemporary art. In 2016, works from the museum's collection were seen by over 1.2 million people, in Orange County and around the world.
The inspiration for OCMA's holiday tree is from our current exhibition of Alexandra Grant. The tree is an interpretation of her work "She Said to Creon." Inspired by her works of love, the design is centered around hope. Hope gives us a positive feeling in this time of uncertainty, while also connecting to the future of building OCMA- NEW, NOW, NEXT.
The tree is styled in shades of blue and metallics - incorporating a mix of textures and patterns, custom ornaments, featuring quotes and images of hope.
Proceeds will support OCMA.
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, story-telling and world culture, culminating in a performance of the "Nutcracker Suites" ballet. Ballet Pacifica proudly serves thousands of students across Los Angeles County, and is excited to expand its arts education outreach program throughout California and beyond.
Our tree is entitled "Nutcracker in the Kingdom of Sweets."
All proceeds will benefit Ballet Pacifica's SMArts program
Pacific Chorale is the resident chorus of Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA. We present an annual concert series at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and are frequent collaborators with Pacific Symphony. An internationally known arts organization, Pacific Chorale is led by Artistic Director Rob Istad and has been awarded for its innovative programming, championing of new American music, and its music education programs serving hundreds of kids and families across Orange County.
Decorated by floral designer David Navarro and Pacific Chorale Artistic Director Rob Istad, the elegant and glamorous tree design inspires a sense of warm Christmas glow. Layered with hues of gold, bronze and hints of chocolate brown sprinkled with whimsical and musical elements, the tree embodies the spirit and community of the Pacific Chorale family.
Funds will support Pacific Chorale's artistic and educational programs.
Philharmonic Society of Orange County
Founded in 1954, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County's mission is 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. Each year, the Philharmonic Society presents a stellar lineup of the world's greatest symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists and international artists, and reaches more than 100,000 students through its education programs.
The Philharmonic Society's "Ode to Joy" tree was inspired by the idea that music sparks joy and has the ability to transcend all boundaries and bring people together. 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, whose Ninth Symphony is considered one of the greatest musical works of all time. Known throughout the world, hummed by young and old, the famed "Ode to Joy" melody is a message of hope and unity.
With our tree, we celebrate our legacy of bringing the greater Southern California community together in shared enjoyment of incredible live performances by the world's great symphony orchestras and international artists. Music resonates within all of us and we hope to bring joy to all this holiday season.
Bonus Wrapped Gifts include a brand-new iPad mini ($400 value) with a curated music playlist (which can be connected to an included ornament speaker via Bluetooth), signed CDs by some of classical music's most celebrated artists (including Ray Chen, Lang Lang, and A Boston Pops Christmas: Live from Symphony Hall signed by Keith Lockhart), as well as season tickets to the Philharmonic Society's 2021-22 concerts (Masterworks Gold Package for 2 valued at $2,000).
Funds raised will benefit our youth music education programs (both virtual and in-person) as well as virtual concert programming until the return of live, in-person performances.
Opened in 1936, Bowers Museum prides itself on its mission to enrich lives through the world's finest arts and cultures in a warm, inviting space located in the heart of Orange County. Surrounded by lush gardens, a day at the Bowers includes lunch at Patina-owned Tangata Restaurant, shopping in the Gallery Store, and a stroll through 8 permanent exhibitions and our current featured exhibit Inside the Walt Disney Archives. Having organized more than 50 special exhibitions in the past 15 years, in 2020 Bowers Museum was voted "Best Museum in Orange County" by both OC Register and LA Times.
In a year as difficult as 2020, coming together to honor and celebrate our diverse world is more important than ever. The Bowers Museum Family Tree is "bringing the world to you" with highlights from our blockbuster exhibitions of past and present, from across the globe.
Crowned by a replica of the festival headdress now on view in Miao: Masters of Silver, the tree also features ornaments from around the world, each uniquely chosen to represent exhibitions including: Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor; Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt, Treasures from the British Museum; Guo Pei: Couture Beyond; African Twilight: Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies; Knights in Armor; Frida Kahlo: Her Photos; Faberge: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars; Endurance: the Antarctic Legacy; and Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands.
The Bowers tree includes a Family-Level Membership to the Bowers Museum, a $50 gift card to the Museum Gallery Store, and a $50 gift card to our award-wining patina restaurant, Tangata.
South Coast Repertory
Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. Founded with the belief that theatre has the unique power to illuminate the human experience, SCR is committed to advancing the art of theatre in the service of the Orange County community through world-class productions as well as educational, intercultural and community engagement programs.
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, special handmade ornaments, Ebenezer Scrooge's signature top hat and red scarf-and a gift pack including four premium seats to see A Christmas Carol in 2021 and your own red scarf to wear to the performance.