10 Must-See Moments at our Anniversary Show this Weekend

Marking our 50th anniversary, we are pleased to present a celebration that has truly been 50 years in the making. Our gala show this Saturday, December 6th, will be the first time The Music Center and all its resident companies will be performing together on stage in one show.  There are still just a few tickets left for this once in a lifetime production and here are just 10 reasons(of many) that you will want to snag yourself a seat…

#1. The LA Philharmonic is performing a concert that night in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, which includes Helix, composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen that will be simulcast live into our show.  Meanwhile, LA Dance Project will perform a world premiere, set to Helix on the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage during the live simulcast, choreographed by Justin Peck, commissioned by The Music Center with lead sponsorship from Center Dance Arts.

The Music Center commissioned LA Dance Project’s first performance and helped the company launch in 2012,  and we are very proud to have them represent our dance programming in the gala.

LA Dance Project - Helix Rehearsal

#2. The Academy Awards were presented 25 times from 1969-1999 at The Music Center. See a compilation of Oscar’s greatest moments at The Music Center including rare broadcast clips, hosted and narrated by Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

#3. Center Theatre Group presents the 2nd act pas de deux’s from Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, with company dancers Christopher Marney and Chris Trenfield!  Definitely one of our favorite renditions of the classic pas!

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

#4. We’ve got a huge group of singers all on stage at once! John Adams’ Nixon in China premiered in Los Angeles in 1990. See the collaboration between LA Opera and LA Master Chorale of the banquet scene featuring a chorus of 48 singers!

#5. Another trip down theatrical memory lane, Davis Gaines and Dale Kristien will be reprising their roles from Phantom of the Opera which ran a record-breaking four years at the Ahmanson from 1989 – 1993.

Davis Gaines - Phantom

#6.  Get a taste of what The Music Center and our resident companies do to help arts education in LA with performances from our Spotlight Awards alumni.

#7.  The Taper has been the site of so many iconic plays and moving performances from the brightest actors in the biz.  See Phylicia Rashad perform her acclaimed monologue from Gem of the OceanDavid Henry Hwang and Tzi Ma perform a scene from Yellow Face, and even see an excerpt from Angels in America with John Glover.

Set in late 1985 and early 1986, as the first wave of the AIDS epidemic in America is escalating and Ronald Reagan has been elected to a second term in the White House, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play's two parts, Millennium Approaches and

#8. And to keep your heart singing, LA Opera will present arias by famed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, including “Non So Piu” from Le Nozze di Figaro, “Fascinatin Rhythm,” and “La Vie En Rose.” Oui!


#9 From solo singer, to a fleet of voices, LA Master Chorale’s full 110-member chorus will also perform, conducted and directed by Grant Gershon.

#10. Maybe our favorite part of the show; there will also be a beautiful retrospective on the history of The Music Center and how Dorothy Buffum Chandler succeeded in building her dream for a performing arts center in LA into a reality with the help of hundreds of donors and patrons.

Mrs. Dorothy Chandler

Photo from Otto Rothschild Photographic Archive


So get your ticket and get ready for the show of half a century, filled to the brim with amazing moments!