The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that five Orange County arts organizations were approved for funding in the latest round of grants from the Federal agency. They include:
Laguna Beach Live!
Laguna Beach, CA
To support the Laguna Beach Music Festival of chamber music concerts and educational activities. With a focus on the music of Argentina, Pablo Ziegler will be guest artistic director for the festival and performances will include Ziegler's Trio for Nuevo Tango; violinist Karen Gomyo and pianist Alessio Bax; string quintet Sybarite5; and emerging artists accompanied by a variety of outreach concerts, workshops, and educational programs.
Orange County Museum of Art
Newport Beach, CA
To support the retrospective exhibition Siah Armajani: Citizen Artist and accompanying catalogue. The exhibition will examine different aspects of Armajani's (b. 1939) career including his early conceptual works, studio-based sculpture, public art projects (bridges, reading rooms, gardens), and large-scale indoor and outdoor installations.
Santa Ana, CA
To support the commissioning, performance, and recording of a new Jake Heggie choral work, Acts of Creation. Featuring the 24-voice John Alexander Singers, the 140-voice Pacific Chorale, and the eight instrumentalists, the world premiere will take place in the spring of 2014 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the resulting recording will be released worldwide by the record label Delos through Naxos of America, Inc.
South Coast Repertory
Costa Mesa, CA
To support the 16th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival. The festival will feature two world premiere productions and staged readings of five previously unproduced plays, bringing leading playwrights and emerging talents from around the country together where they will share the readings and productions of new work with theater professionals from across the nation.
The Wooden Floor (formerly Saint Joseph Ballet Company)
Santa Ana, CA
To support Transforming Lives Through Dance. Guest choreographers will create work for and with low-income youth participants, culminating in four public performances.