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2013 Arts Awards Profile:

  S. Paul and Marybelle Musco

  This is the sixth in a series of profiles on the honorees who will be recognized at the 14th Annual Orange County Arts Awards on Tuesday, September 24 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.  More information and tickets to the event here.

2013 Helena Cultural Legacy Award for Community Visionary


Throughout their lifetimes, Paul and Marybelle Musco have made catalytic gifts that have changed institutions and inspired others by their generosity and leadership. Their largesse includes support for disadvantaged communities, higher education, and - especially - the arts. The Muscos are widely known and respected for their support of professional opera and opera education in Orange County. For many years, Paul served as the Chairman of the Board for Opera Pacific, and was a major financial supporter of the organization. He subsequently expanded his commitment to the art form through an ongoing involvement with Los Angeles Opera. That dedication is confirmed through continuous support of the opera programs at Orange County School of the Arts and at Chapman University, where the Conservatory has recently been re-named the Hall-Musco Conservatory of the Arts.


To ensure a future legacy for this art form (and arts education), the Muscos gave the naming gift for the new S. Paul and Marybelle Musco Center for the Arts, a $78-million facility scheduled to open on the Chapman University campus in 2015. The Muscos were among the very first to support Pacific Symphony's Opera - Vocal Initiative. With a three-year leadership commitment, the Muscos assured that professional opera would be presented at the highest possible level, using creative and cost-effective approaches under the artistic direction of Music Director Carl St.Clair.


In addition to a great legacy of funding for arts organizations, the Muscos are equally generous with their time and their ability to motivate others to join them in their quest to improve our quality of life in Orange County. Paul and Marybelle serve in board and leadership roles for a wide variety of cultural and civic organizations in Orange County, including Chapman University, PBS SoCal, the Orange County School of the Arts, Los Angeles Opera, and - most recently - as a new board member of Pacific Symphony. They have chaired countless galas and other special events, and were recently awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Chapman University's Conservatory of Music.


S. Paul and Marybelle Musco truly embody the spirit of philanthropy. Their hard work and passionate commitment for performing arts and arts education continues to create a critical foundation for the cultural future of Orange County. Their lifetime of giving and volunteer leadership inspires others to action and raises the standard of living for everyone in Orange County.


The Muscos were nominated by Pacific Symphony.





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Arts Orange County is pleased to partner with TEDxOrangeCoast as it returns to the Segerstrom Concert Hall this month to explore the theme of "Beautiful Minds," September 20 & 21.  Modeled on the phenomenally successful annual TED conference, this regional convening brings together 24 speakers and performers to explore fascinating topics from education to arts; science to culture: math to music, and everything in between. TEDTalks challenge attendees to explore new ideas, become inspired by visionary thinkers and consider breakthrough concepts. 

Among the 2013 speakers are Kary Mullis, Nobel Prize winning chemist; Jeremy Hunter, leading educator of executives; Nicole Mitchell, world-renowned jazz flutist;  Shaheen Sadeghi, Orange County's leading "green" developer;  Rick Warren, pastor of the Saddleback Church.  For more information and tickets, click here.



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