Henry T. Segerstrom, developer/philanthropist and arts patron is a familiar name to many in Southern California. Soon the folks in New York will have the chance to learn the remarkable story of this visionary: a man who transformed the sleepy agricultural community of Orange County into a vibrant hub of cosmopolitan fashion and international arts.
Narrated by Matthew Morrison, the film features interviews with Misty Copeland, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Renee Fleming, Nigel Lythgoe, Frank Gehry, Cesar Pelle, Clive Gillinson, Robert Chavez (Hermes) and more.
Although he made a visible mark here in Orange County, Henry’s reach extended much farther, in particular NYC. New York PBS station WNET is proud to partner with local LA station PBS SoCal to share Henry’s legacy with the largest television market in the country.
Henry Segerstrom commissioned work from several New York-based artists, Richard Lippold, Isamu Noguchi, and Richard Serra. He served on the Carnegie Hall Board and initiated the first bi-coastal arts festival with Carnegie Hall and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Henry was one of the select few to have received the Carnegie Hall Medal of Honor.
The program will air on WNET Friday March 31st and on WLIW Sunday April 2nd.