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Volume 7, Issue 98  |  December 9, 2022

Cyndi Lauper, Giada De Laurentiis and Richard Blade highlight this year’s Candlelight Concert

Segerstrom Center for the Arts rolls out the red carpet for the community’s most generous arts supporters as they celebrate the 48th Candlelight Concert on Friday, Dec. 2. This annual event is one of Orange County’s most elegant and anticipated fundraisers that is both a highlight of the holiday season and supports the Center’s nonprofit artistic, education and community engagement programs.

Since its inception in 1974, Candlelight Concert has raised more than $40 million to support the Center’s array of stellar entertainment, arts, education and community engagement programs, as well as the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and Studio D Arts School for All Abilities, impacting the lives of more than 400,000 annually. 

The funds raised also support new artistic endeavors such as ballet commissions and world premiere productions. The continued support provided from Candlelight allows the Center to expand the idea of what it means to both participate and appreciate the arts, for everyone.

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This year’s Candlelight Concert is a highlight of the holiday season and supports the Center’s nonprofit artistic, education and community engagement programs

Candlelight Concert is chaired this year by John E. Stratman Jr., who serves on Segerstrom Center’s board of directors and is senior director of public affairs and brand communication for Kaiser Permanente Orange County. “I strongly believe we are a bridge to the future of where the arts will go and are responsible for paving the path, step by step, for the new generation to come,” said Stratman. “Our job is to ensure that the arts live, and continue to be vibrant in Orange County, and are available and accessible for everyone. I am truly honored and humbled to be this year’s Candlelight Chair.”

This year will include a special performance by Cyndi Lauper. Over the past 40 years, Lauper has been well acclaimed for being a pop icon. She is most well-known for her pop hits “Time After Time” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” which won her a 1986 Grammy Award for best new artist. 

Although she is regarded for being a pop icon, Lauper is no stranger to the theater. She wrote lyrics for Broadway’s Kinky Boots, which went on to win six Tony Awards, two of which being Best Music and Best Original Score. Kinky Boots appeared at Segerstrom Hall in both 2014 and 2018. 

This year’s Candlelight dinner menu will be designed by world-renowned celebrity chef, Giada De Laurentiis, who will also be in attendance for the evening and will provide Giada Catering by Giada de Laurentiis. Best known for hosting the Food Network’s Giada at Home, she also appears regularly as a contributor and guest co-host on NBC’s Today.

Legendary Southern California radio, television and film personality and DJ – Richard Blade – will be spinning the tunes and rocking some new wave music and electronica hits to set the mood for the night. Blade, a long-time disc jockey at KROQ in Los Angeles, is best known for being the voice of the ‘80s music scene with radio programs featuring new wave artists. He is also a host for SiriusXM’s 1st Wave classic alternative station since 2005. 

For table and ticket purchases, sponsorships and underwriting, or for more information, contact Courtney Donley, senior director of special events at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.942.6247.

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