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An Impressario for All Seasons

May 20, 2019
Irvine Weekly
By Liz Goldner

You might have seen Jerry Mandel playing his saxophone around town — perhaps at the annual Orange County Arts Awards Ceremony after party at Costa Mesa’s Samueli Theater. While the self-possessed gentleman is a long-time jazz musician, his expertise on his horn is the tip of the iceberg of a decades-long arts and entertainment career.

The president of the Irvine Barclay Theatre, former San Diego State University dean of the arts, and former president of the Orange County Performing Art Center, not only looks back at an illustrious career. Today, at age 79, with the energy, passion and enthusiasm of a much younger person, he looks forward to advancing the Barclay’s programming and upgrading its facility, both to be accomplished over the next several years, and especially to, “having a chance for a legacy here,” he explains.

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