This Week @MusicCenterLA

A little bit of a quiet week with Thanksgiving and all, but still plenty of opportunities to bring your family out for some wonderful highlights at The Music Center!

This Week @MusicCenterLA

LA Phil has three presentations of Dudamel & Capuçon to choose from at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in addition to a one night only performance of Tony and Grammy toting Broadway legend Audra McDonald.

LA Opera continues it’s beautiful Florencia en el Amazonas with a performance this weekend.

Center Theatre Group continues it’s run of the 1960s farce What the Butler Saw at the Mark Taper Forum.

Ongoing daily throughout the week and all the way through to March is the ASCAP: One-Hundred Years and Beyond exhibit in the Library of Congress Ira Gershwin Gallery at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Free and open to the public!

See you at the Center and have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Tunes for Theater Lovers

Thanksgiving Playlist

Traffic, turkey, and tunes!  In our minds, that tops the 3 T’s of Thanksgiving!  And while we can’t help you out with your travel or bird basting, we’ve put together a pretty amazing playlist of standards and musical classics that each touch on the theme of being thankful and grateful for what you got (be it rhythm or otherwise!)

Put it on during your Thanksgiving weekend and enjoy!

A Place to Play in DTLA!

Grand Park Playground

Our neighbors across the street at Grand Park have been making a few changes that cater to LA’s littlest locals.  Grand Park opens their brand new playground this Saturday, complete with places to slide, climb, crawl and jump.  To kick things off,  the park’s hosting a day of play. Come on out tomorrow from 2:00 – 5:00pm for MEET ME AT THE PLAYGROUND!

LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina will lead a special ribbon cutting dedication, followed by activities for kids of all ages, and featuring some choice snacks like popcorn and fruit. Fun all around!  So see ya there!

Throwback Thursday – Disney Gift

Walt Disney and Lilian Disney

Walt Disney and Lillian Disney – Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

May 14, 1987 – Lillian Disney makes a $50 million gift to build a new concert hall for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Walt Disney Concert Hall becomes the fourth venue of The Music Center, when it opens in 2003…. Thank you Mrs. Disney!

Learn all about the history of The Music Center with our 50th Anniversary Timeline as we gear up to celebrate December 6th and 7th!  Just click the picture in our sidebar to see it!

This Week @MusicCenterLA

It’s a week of openings, birthdays, and dance! See what we have in store…

This Week @MusicCenterLA

LA Opera’s romantic Florencia en el Amazonas opens this Saturday. Will you be there? And more importantly do you know about the Emerald Muse?

An exciting week for the LA Phil as they present Chamber Music Society: All-German on Wednesday with a pre-performance wine tasting. But the highlight of their week is the 10th birthday celebration of the Concert Hall’s enormous and elaborate pipe organ affectionately known as “Hurricane Mama.” Two programs to choose from: HAPPY BIRTHDAY HURRICANE MAMA: Dudamel Conducts Saint-Saëns and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, “HURRICANE MAMA”: Pulling Out All The Stops in which every one of the 6,134 pipes will be played!

Don’t miss the REDCAT hosting the high voltage dance event that is L-E-V: House for four nights only.

Continuing:

Center Theatre Group’s What the Butler Saw continues playing all week at the Mark Taper Forum and on through December 21st.

Ongoing daily throughout the week and all the way through to March is the ASCAP: One-Hundred Years and Beyond exhibit in the Library of Congress Ira Gershwin Gallery at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Free and open to the public!

See you at the Center!

Our 50th Anniversary

With an anniversary comes a history… A history of shows, artists, amazing moments, little memories, date nights, curtain calls, dress rehearsals, standing ovations and so much more.

The Music Center is celebrating its 50th Anniversary on December 6th and 7th.  We have some incredible events lined up for the occasion, including an all-star performance and gala on the 6th, which will highlight all of our resident companies, and the Academy Awards long tenure in our Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, as well as all the extraordinary individuals like Dorothy Chandler, who, with their dedication and contributions, have made the last 50 years possible.

Following that will be a celebratory party inside the Pavilion on December 7th that toasts the future of The Music Center and all the amazing things the next 50 years will no doubt bring.  Tickets and more information on both events are available on our website.

But beyond the celebration, this anniversary is also about the many people who have come to The Music Center over years – The performers, the employees, the patrons and the audiences.  It’s about what this cultural landmark means to THEM, and how the things they’ve seen and experienced at The Music Center have effected their lives and what it means to Los Angeles…

What’s your Music Center story?  Leave a comment below and let us know!