The Los Angeles Music Center – Things to do

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Music Center of Los Angeles

The Music Center (officially known as the Los Angeles County Performing Arts Center) is one of the country’s largest performing arts centers. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Ahmanson Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, The Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall are all located in Downtown Los Angeles at the Music Center.

Every year, over 1.3 million people attend performances by the Music Center’s four internationally renowned resident companies: the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Center Theatre Group (CTG), as well as a series of Glorya Kaufman Dance presents dance at the Music Center. Community events, arts festivals, outdoor concerts, participatory arts activities, workshops, and educational programs are all held at the center.

Dorothy Chandler, wife of Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler, began fundraising for a permanent home for the Philharmonic in April 1955. Mrs. Chandler eventually raised nearly.20 million in private donations; the county provided the site and the remaining $1.14 million was raised through mortgage-related bonds.

The rest of the complex was finished in April 1967. The Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theatre, two new venues, opened on April 19 and 12, 1967, respectively. When the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion opened on December 6, 1964, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra was led by the twenty-eighth Zubin Mehta in a program that included violinist Jascha Heifetz and performances of fanfare, Strauss, and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major. The Mark Taper Forum is “shocking the power structure of Los Angeles,” according to artistic director Gordon Davidson, with its provocative opening production of John Whiting’s The Devils.

Civic Light Opera’s Man of La Mancha premiered at the Ahmanson Theater. Ingrid Bergman was seen in O’Neill’s most stately mansions during the Ahmanson’s first dramatic season, a testament to his intention to marry great playwrights to great entertainment stars. Since its inception in 1964, the Music Center has hosted the American debuts of Simon Rattle and Esa-Pekka Salonen, as well as the world premieres of The First of the Shadow, Zoot Suit, Children of a Lesser God, and Angels in America in The Taper and Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Katharine Hepburn, and Maggie Smith in The Ahmanson.

The Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Maestro Chorale collaborated to provide music for ejzentejn’s restored silent film Alexander Nevsky. Despite the fact that Civic Light Opera’s final season at the Music Center was in 1987, the Los Angeles Opera Music Center was established in 1986. Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, directed by Jonathan Miller and scripted by David Hockney, is one of its productions.

The Music Center opened the Frank – Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall on October 23, 2003, expanding the campus to 11 acres (45,000 m2). The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale perform in the 2,265-seat concert hall. The Walt Disney Concert Hall features the 266-seat Disney Theatre and Calarts (REDCAT), as well as Outdoor Programming areas such as the 250-300-seat W. M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheater and the 120-seat Nadine and Ed Carson Amphitheater.

The complex’s major facilities (which also includes some outdoor amphitheaters) are as follows:

On Sunday afternoon, May 4, 1969, Jacques Lipchitz’s “Peace on Earth” was inaugurated. His sculpture depicts a dove descending to the ground with the spirit of peace, which is represented by the Virgin standing within a teardrop-shaped canopy supported by a base of lying lambs. Lawrence E. Deutsch and Lloyd Rigler contributed $2,250,000 to commission a fountain work.

Welton Becket and Associates, the Music Center’s architects, objected to the sculpture being placed in the plaza between the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Mark Taper Forum. The Music Center’s Art Committee, however, awarded the Commission to Lipchitz after a two-year investigation. In July 2018, the sculpture was relocated to the west side of the plaza as part of a $40 million ristrutt renovation project. The Plaza’s capacity will be increased from 2.500 to 5000 people as a result of the project. The Dance Door is a bronze sculpture by Robert Graham that was donated to the Music Center in 1982 by Frederick and Marcia Weisman.

The Dance Door is made up of a life-size ornate bronze door hinged on a bronze frame and locked open. The door is hollow in the center and is made up of approximately 7 welded box panels on each side. On the door panels, abstract dancer figures are fused in bas-relief.

The complex is home to four resident companies: the Music Center and its family programs have served more than 16 million people since its inception in 1979, and it currently serves about 1 million students and teachers each year.

The Music Center believes that the arts improve people’s lives and are essential to the development of every child. The Music Center’s program materials are included in art textbooks published by McGraw Hill that are used nationwide, and they are also available on the Music Center’s website. “World City,” “Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival,” “Very Special Arts Festival,” and “Spotlight Awards” are among the educational and family programs available.

Active Arts at The Music Center, which debuted in July 2004 with the goal of expanding the audience experience associated with the Performing Arts, goes far beyond the more formal experience associated with Performing Arts centers. Active Arts programs bring together people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences to create a seamless series of free or low-cost recreational arts events that encourage people to sing, dance, play music, and tell stories for the sheer joy of it. “Dance Downtown,” “Drum Downtown,” “A Taste of Dance,” “Public Practice,” “Friday Night Sing – Along,” and “The Music Center Holiday Sing – Along” are examples of Active Arts cross-cultural programs that encourage people to participate solely for the purpose of creating art. The Music Center has built an ambitious dance performance program over the last ten years, earning it a solid reputation locally, nationally, and internationally.

The initiative began in 2000 with a sold-out performance of the ballet Bol”oj in its historic productions of Prokof”EV’s Romeo and Juliet and Don Quixote. Since then, the Music Center has hosted performances by the New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Beijing Modern Dance Company, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Kirov Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre, New Spanish Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg.

The Music Center is overseen by a board of directors, which is chaired by Lisa Specht (2013). Rachel S. Moore is the Music Center’s president and CEO (2015). The County of Los Angeles owns the Music Center and pays for its upkeep, operations, groundskeeping, security, and ushers. These expenses are offset by revenue generated by the Music Center garages.

The Music Center and the four resident companies are in charge of the theater productions. The Music Center is responsible for the upkeep and management of the buildings and grounds, as well as the occupancy of the Music Center’s theaters, restaurant facilities, and archives. The Music Center has a variety of membership options.

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