PACIFIC SYMPHONY WRAPS UP CONCERT TOUR OF CHINA
Pacific Symphony has just concluded its first-ever tour to China and first international tour since the Symphony toured European capitals in 2006. The five-city tour began May 9 with a concert at the Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre, followed by performances in Hefei (capital of Anhui province), Wuxi (Jiangsu province), Chongqing (major city in southwest China), and Beijing. The final concert took place at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, colloquially known as "The Giant Egg" due to its distinctive dome-shaped, titanium and glass architecture. The Symphony's tour repertoire included works by Leonard Bernstein in celebration of his centennial, as well as Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2; Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky (arranged by Ravel); and Mozart's Violin Concerto No.3, featuring soloist Pinchas Zukerman. More here.

MainPlace is expanding its Art at MainPlace program and is calling for submissions by Orange County artists for their work to be showcased, including: murals, sculptures, paintings, photography, videography, and some larger format art pieces fabricated from metal, wood and other natural elements. Interested artists should email MainPlaceMall@centennialrec.com. Use "Art at MainPlace" in the subject line, include the type of art you specialize in and provide links to examples of your work.
CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION WINNERS SELECTED FOR DISTRICTS 45 & 46
Arts Orange County is proud to assist the 45th and 46th Congressional district offices on their participation in the annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students, with local funding from AT&T.  Winners travel to Washington DC for the reception to see their work hang in the Capitol building alongside the works of other students from around the nation.  Above, Elias Jaime Lopez, a junior at Godinez High School, is the winner of the 46th District Congressional Art Competition. Presenting the award to him is Congressman Lou Correa. AT&T Vice President Richard Porras (left), Elias' teacher Helen Siegel and ArtsOC President Rick Stein, were also on hand for the presentation.
Elsa Schweizer is the winner of the 45th District Congressional Art Competition. Presenting the award to her Congresswoman Mimi Walters.

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OCYSO MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR
DANIEL WACHS
MAKING 10TH SEASON HIS LAST
Daniel Alfred Wachs, music director and conductor of the Orange County Youth Symphony (OCYSO), will conclude his tenure there at the end of the 2018-19 season after ten years of service. OCYSO merged with Philharmonic Society of Orange County last year after thirty years of close partnership. 
HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE PROPOSES INCREASE FOR NEA
The House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee met last week to advance legislation to fund our cultural agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Under the leadership of Chairman Ken Calvert (R-Corona, CA) and Ranking Member Betty McCollum (D-MN), both the NEA and the NEH are proposed at $155 million for FY 2019. This proposed $2 million increase matches the unified ask that Americans for the Arts and more than 85 national arts and arts education organizations made at Arts Advocacy Day in March! It also follows the record support from 166 bi-partisan members of Congress earlier this year in their request to the committee asking for at least $155 million for the agencies. As you may recall, for the second year in a row, President Trump has proposed to terminate both these agencies in his annual budget request to the U.S. Congress, and the agencies still face opposition from some.
CITY OF SANTA ANA OFFERS FREE DONOR CULTIVATION WORKSHOP FOR NONPROFIT ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
To have regular and consistent donors making recurring gifts to your organization is a dream of every nonprofit, but getting there is A LOT of hard work. This free  workshop will explore the motivation, interests, and needs of a variety of donors, including tips on ways to invite them in, build philanthropy partnerships, and encourage them to give even more. Workshop is presented by the City of Santa Ana - Arts & Culture and will be led by Tomas Benitez. This workshop will be held at the Big Brothers/Big Sisters building (2nd floor, Suite 210) on the corner of Goldenwest St. & Edinger Ave. Refreshments will be provided. Free parking. RSVP here.
OCMA TAKES ANOTHER STEP TOWARD ITS PLANNED MOVE
"The Orange County Museum of Art appears closer to making its long-planned transition from Newport Beach to Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The museum says it will unveil the design for its new home May 31, though it's unclear exactly when it plans to move out of its current site at 850 San Clemente Drive in Newport Center and into the Costa Mesa arts and entertainment complex. Recent public records show the museum's sale of the Newport property has been finalized." More here in LA Times/Daily Pilot.
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