This Week @MusicCenterLA

This week has our standard wide range of shows, but fortunately multiple showtimes to choose from. So, you could find a way to see it all if you were so bold…

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Center Theatre Group opened Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye The Farewell Tour at the Ahmanson Theatre this past weekend, and there are performances running through March 15. Here, she gives some “Dame Approved L.A. Theatre Etiquette,” which we find perfectly coincides with our own most recent blog post: Top 10 Theater-Going Tips!

LA Phil presents three days straight of Late Masterworks of Mozart & Bruckner featuring the last pieces composed by the two masters, as well as a breathtaking evening on Tuesday of Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery all at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Los Angeles Master Chorale presents Bach: St. Matthew Passion with two performances over the weekend featuring an impressive array of soloists, baroque orchestra Musica Angelica, and the L.A. Children’s Chorus for this magnificent masterpiece. Come an hour early for a pre-show talk with Music Director Grant Gershon and KUSC Host Alan Chapman.

REDCAT opened The Wooster Group Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation last week and performances run until February 1. Catch this powerhouse ensemble and their elaborately constructed interpretation featuring (but not limited to) Cynthia Hedstrom, Elizabeth LeCompte, Frances McDormand, and Suzzy Roche. Additionally, enjoy this glimpse into the production.

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!

Top 10 Theater-Going Tips

For the next time you’re heading out for a night of theater, ballet, opera, dance, or music keep these top 10 theater hacks in mind!

1.  Get there early

You never know what to expect with traffic in LA, nor will you know the parking situation. It’s always best to have plenty of time to avoid any snafu’s as well as a little breathing time. (It’s super embarrassing to be the heavy breather in the row because you were running to get in the doors on time!)  What’s more, we’ve packed all kinds of cool (and free) pre-show activities into our events!  Get the skinny on the show, company and artists you’re about to see by attending one of our pre-show Dance Talks (beginning an hour before every show) or partake in our dance trivia games and win cool prizes (more at our info tables in the lobby.)  Strike a pose on our red carpet backdrop, or visit one of our many interactive demos and displays around the lobby.

 

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2.  Dress to impress (but be comfortable)

While theater has historically been known for seeing and being seen, the days of dressing to the nines for the theater are over. That said, it’s always a delight to see a dressed up crowd, especially on an opening night, so if you feel like getting fancy, go with your gut! It’s most important that you’re comfortable (think of light jackets) since the theaters tend to get chilly with all that AC trying to counter-balance the heat from the stage lights.  But steer clear of flip flops and beachwear!  Still in need of some inspiration? Peruse our best-dressed fashion tumblr for some real life examples of our favorite looks from our lobbies!

3.  Get the most out of your ticket

Did you know that all of our 2014/15 Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center tickets include a slew of cool perks? Score deals on drinks, dinners and even dance wear by showing your ticket to our Ticket Perk partners!  More info on all print at home tickets, or by visiting our Ticket Perk page.

 

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4.  Eat before hand

Don’t run the risk of settling down for a show that doesn’t get out until all restaurants have closed! This happens far too often! Patina has a variety of dinner and drink options all around The Music Center’s campus which makes for the perfect solution for pre-show peckishness.  You can also check out this handy list of our favorite downtown spots sure to satisfy your appetite. Some even include a shuttle to the theater!

 

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5.  Order that intermission drink ahead of time

You waited in line all through intermission to get a drink, only to find as soon as you’ve got it… the intermission bell rings and everyone is rushing back to their seats! Two, maybe three gulps, and then tossed so unceremoniously in the trash. Does this sound familiar? Here’s a simple theater hack for you – depending on what show you’re seeing, you can usually pre-order your intermission drink at one of the lobby bars before the performance starts (another reason to be early.)  And for some shows, you can set up your order directly from your phone!  Pay attention to signage at the bars and take advantage of pre-ordering whenever you can!

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6.  Be courteous to others in your row

It’s a shared space the theater. That means the armrests are a courteous place to allow the stranger next to you to use from time to time. Backs of seats are definitely not for bumping, kicking, or using to pry yourself out of your chair. And we all know emergencies happen, but do try your best to not need to climb in and out of a row during the performance.  If you’re able, stand up for others trying to pass you to get to their seats and when making your way across the aisle, it is customary to angle your body towards the stage.

7.  Don’t talk during the show

This should go without saying, but we’ve all been there and heard the ruckus that a chatty audience member can stir up! It isn’t just the initial talking, but also all the “Shh!” “Be Quiet!” “Tsk!” from fellow audience members that can really take you out of the moment. Just don’t be any of those people! Stay on target!

8. Read the program notes

This is one that’s easy to overlook, but friends, that complementary program the usher just handed you has all kinds of crazy good stuff in it beyond cast, crew and acknowledgements (though it’s important to know those things as well!)  Usually there are some intriguing program notes, often written by leaders in the artistic field, that will not only give you insight into the program you’re about to see, but genuinely enhance your experience of it as well.  Read the program notes.  You’ll be thankful you did!

 

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9. Discuss, discuss, and discuss some more with theater pals

So the show is over, now you jump in your car and hit the 101?  If you can, spend some post-show time with your fellow patrons and chat about what you just saw (it can really add to YOUR experience to hear how a show effected other people.)  There are so many wonderful little bars and cafes downtown that are perfect for a late night discussion among friends. Find a comfy corner and indulge in an artsy discourse!  You may even find inspiration or greater critical thinking for future shows.

 

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10. Share on Social Media

Did you like what you saw? Then tell the world! Most people come to see something because it was recommended by a friend.  Don’t let your opinion go unnoticed! You may even find out about a few others in your circles who saw the same show you did!  Sometimes the performers will also see what you post and be oh so grateful that you enjoyed your time in the theater!  What’s more, there are usually all kinds of extra goodies, contests to win, and behind the scenes looks to be found on The Music Center’s channels during show weeks. So follow @MusicCenterLA and use any hashtags you see posted at the theater to take part in a bigger discussion and enhance your theater going experience even after you’ve left the theater!

#Heart4ArtsLA

#Heart4ArtsLA

We’ve got an all new photo challenge open to everyone who loves the arts and loves LA!

Especially for Valentine’s Day, we want you to share a picture of some form or representation of the arts in Los Angeles. It could be a snap of one of our many museums, or a pic of someone dancing on stage, a cool painting, a program of a show you recently saw, or an amazing street art mural. So long as it’s artistic and in LA, it counts!

Share your pic to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag: #Heart4ArtsLA and your photo could be selected to be featured on The Music Center’s blog, website and social channels this Valentine’s Day (because we love you!) Share as many pictures as you like, there’s no limit!

Challenge open from now till February 13th – So get posting!

Spotlight Acting Master Class

Spotlight Awards Acting Masterclass 2015As part of the Spotlight Awards, all high school students who make it through the initial round of auditions into the semi-finals are treated to masterclasses with some of the brightest luminaries in the field of their discipline.  This year’s masterclass series kicked off this past Sunday in the Acting category (a discipline we haven’t had for Spotlight in years!)  Students gathered at Cortines High School (just down the block from The Music Center) to workshop their monologues and get feedback from award winning actor, director, and teacher Bernard Addison.   Mr. Addison is a theatre teaching artist for the August Wilson In-School Residency Program, serves as a Master Teacher for the August Wilson Monologue Competition, and has been engaged in various Center Theatre Group educational programs since 2001. Currently, he is part of the theatre faculty at Los Angeles High School of the Arts, specializing in Voice, Speech and Advanced Acting.

Here’s a few snaps from the day…

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This Week @MusicCenterLA

There are some wonderful choices this week at The Music Center…

 

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World City at The Music Center kicks off 2015 with a couple FREE mid-day performances of Samite + H’Sao this Saturday at the W.M. Keck Children’s Amphitheatre on the roof of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Registration is currently closed, but there will be walk-up tickets available on a first come first served basis. 

For a more intimate opportunity to experience the Montreal-based performers from Chad, come experience The Music Center Presents: H’Sao on Saturday night in the Eva & Marc Stern Grand Hall at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

This Sunday Center Theatre Group closes Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit at the Ahmanson. Be sure to get your seat to see this rare reprisal role for Angela Lansbury.

LA Phil presents Kremer & Trifonov in Recital tonight, three performances through the weekend of Music From the Heart: Sibelius & Gorecki, a Sunday evening presentation of Colburn Orchestra with Marriner, and Chamber Music Society with Emanuel Ax on Tuesday at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

REDCAT presents the Los Angeles-based collaborators multimedia production Cloud Eye Control: Half Life with multiple performances this week.

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!

Pointe Shoes 101

There’s a lot more to The Music Center than what’s on stage, like our pre-show activities! Case in “pointe” (pun intended) our pointe shoe demo table with The Pointe Shop!Meet owner Josephine Lee and see how she brings a bit of pointe shoe magic to our theaters….

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H’Sao in Concert

Here at The Music Center, we present a wide-range of programs, artists and genres of the performing arts.  From our dance programming to our community classes and events, from our educational outreach programs to our resident companies – There’s a little something for every taste and age group.

But this coming Saturday, January 17th, we’re offering up a very special 1 night concert that’s particularly exciting…

H'Sao at The Music CenterH’Sao is a four member musical group from Chad by way of Montreal, whose sound is a harmonious blend of genres that’s at once complicated and sophisticated, but also extremely catchy.  In listening to it, it’s hard NOT to fall a little bit in love with this band.

Whether it is labeled Afro-fusion or Afro-jazz, H’Sao is defined by the strength of its voices and impressive a cappella harmonies. Brothers Caleb (guitar), Mossbass (bass), and Izra (keyboard), alongside childhood friend Dono (drums) have stayed true to their roots and draw from gospel, soul, R&B, reggae and Chadian music to deliver an unforgettable performance (one you don’t want to miss!)

H'Sao Performing

Get into the groove by listening to their latest album ORIA, then snag a pair of tickets to see them in our Stern Grand Hall this Saturday night!  It’s going to be a straight up party, with cash bars, a pre and post show set with DJ Rani de Leon, and a CD signing session with the band.

See you there!