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Orange County Museum of Art Hosts
24-Hour Grand Opening Starting October 8.

The Orange County Museum of Art invites everyone to celebrate for 24 hours to commemorate the museum’s opening at its new site of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

The festivities begin around five p.m. at 5 p.m. on the evening of Saturday October. 8 and will continue up to five p.m. the following Sunday October. 9.  Visitors can enjoy food, music, films and yoga, dance as well as special performances and activities.

The celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. on Oct. 8 with a Homecoming Procession featuring a drumline leading a celebratory procession down the Avenue of the Arts across the plaza to open the museum, proceeding up to the roof terrace and ending in fireworks.

Local performing arts groups have produced works that are site-specific or have created works that are adapted for the OCMA's environment.

At 6 p.m., Pacific Chorale performs “Skyscape,” described as “An aleatoric free form/change choir work performed on four levels connecting us to the sky.”

At 6:30 p.m. Pacific Chorale’s acapella choir performs “Magnificat” by award winning composer Arvo Pärt, an evocative work that recalls the past while echoing the future.

Then at 7 p.m., Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents “Pacific Gold,” a performance by the Orange County Youth Symphony string quartet inspired by the artists in OCMA’s opening exhibition “California Biennial 2022: Pacific Gold.”

Then stick around until 8 p.m. for Pacific Symphony’s string trio performance of “13 Women,” a performance inspired by the artists and work in the “13 Women” exhibition.

Then comes a rooftop dance party featuring KCRW’s Jason Bentley, followed by a 10 p.m. Spotlight Tour featuring OCMA curators past and present, plus artists and experts positioned at key artworks throughout the galleries.

After that come a Silent Disco, and then a midnight dessert at the museum’s café, Verdant, and fireworks.

Throughout the night: Movies for Insomniacs curated by art-house theater Frida Cinema, a late night lounge, tarot readings, a coffee and tea bar, a sound bath in the galleries, and sunrise yoga.

At 8 a.m. is a Japanese Tea Ceremony, followed by a color wheel juice bar. At 10 a.m. savor donuts from Sidecar, Fill Bakeshop and Goodtown.

The event concludes at 5 p.m. with fireworks.

There is no charge to attend this 24-Hour event at OCMA, and OCMA offers free admission daily. Lugano Diamonds (based in Newport Beach) has donated the funds to allow the public to access OCMA free for the first 10 years.

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