For the past eleven years, The Music Center has been bringing world music, dance and culture to Los Angeles through World City – A series of free concerts and events connecting world-class artists and their traditions with the many diverse communities of our own global city. The shows take place on select Saturdays throughout the year, in the W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheater behind Walt Disney Concert Hall, and are always supplemented with a hands-on art project in the adjacent Blue Ribbon Garden that’s perfect for kids (and their adults!)
But World City is more than just world artists and music, it’s an incredible snapshot into different ways of life, different cultures, and captivating stories from around the globe. Regardless of the style, or where the artists hail from, the shows never fail to delight! And, much in a “It’s a Small World” kind of way, but with waaay better music, World City achieves a sense of inter-connectivity by demonstrating how the performing arts can transcend cultures and geographic boundaries with entertaining ease.
There’s only one more World City of the season (and it celebrates the history of our own American west) so mark your calendars for May 17th to see Daughters of the Purple Sage and genuine cowboy Wylie Gustafson.
All photos by Danielle Klebanow