This Week @MusicCenterLA

Close out the shortest month of the year with opportunities to fall down the rabbit hole, catch the opening night of a classic opera, and as always, so much more!

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LA Opera continues its Figaro trilogy on the tail end of The Ghosts of Versailles with Rossini’s The Barber of Seville opening this Saturday! Presented in Italian with projected English translations, this opera is a classic and not to be missed. In fact, opening night seats are still available! Here’s a clip of the production to whet your appetite and help jog your familiarity with the music.

Center Theatre Group continues its run of the provocative and classic drama The Price at the Mark Taper Forum this week. Additionally there is still time to catch Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye The Farewell Tour at the Ahmanson Theatre.

On Friday and Saturday the LA Phil presents the sensory feast of Lewis Carroll’s classic remixed into an immersive Alice in Wonderland. This production is an in/SIGHT Concert in collaboration with the LA Opera, and featuring the imaginative illustrations from gonzo-artist Ralph Steadman. Then, on Sunday, experience the dance themed rhythms in Stravinsky & Beethoven, as conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. All at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

REDCAT presents three performances only of Miwa Yanagi Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose’s Last Tape. This visually stunning whodunit production is the true story of a Japanese-American woman stranded in Japan during WWII, forced to broadcast propaganda and then later tried for treason. Enjoy a more explanatory clip, including several striking images from the production here.

Red Carpet Photo Challenge!

Happy Friday Los Angeles!  We’ve cooked up another fun photo challenge just for this weekend….

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Have you noticed how our new steps decals kind of look like a red carpet entrance to The Music Center? Well, in honor of The Academy Awards this Sunday, (which were held for decades at our Dorothy Chandler Pavilion) we want to see YOU on our red carpet!

Snap a pic of yourself on the steps and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag ‪#‎MusicCenterOscars‬ and well select one entry to win tickets to one of our upcoming shows!

Best of luck!

 

4 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year officially begins tonight at midnight, and to help welcome in the year of the Sheep (or Goat or Ram- it really is debatable!) we thought we’d share 4 ways we will be celebrating in line with the traditions of the Lunar New Year.

1. Red Decorations!

Wearing red and decorating your space with red is good luck. Well fancy that! We just updated our plaza furniture to predominantly red with touches of purple. Coincidence?

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Photo by Danielle Klebanow

 

2. Red Envelopes!

Usually given to children and containing money, Red Envelopes at Chinese New Year are believed to provide health, happiness and protection.  Our resident company the LA Phil is throwing a huge Chinese New Year celebration production at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Thursday through Saturday. Customary red envelope gifts for everybody (and so much more) are scheduled to be part of every performance of Chinese New Year: From Tchaikovsky to Tan Dun!

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3. New Year’s Eve Dinner!

Dumplings and fish are believed to signify prosperity, and the NYE dinner traditionally takes place at home. However, our resident Patina Restaurant Group has prepared a special six-course good luck tasting menu being served Thursday through Sunday. Post your favorite dish on Instagram tagged with #PatinaLuckyDishes for the chance to receive a $500 PRG Dining Card!   Hey, winning that card might also signify prosperity and luck!

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4. Fireworks!

Right after midnight, fireworks will be set off to welcome in the new year. As in midnight tonight! If you have yet to experience the fireworks and parade (celebrating it’s 116th year!) that accompany the holiday, then check out L.A. Chinatown’s schedule of events over the next few days. After all, we’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from ground zero of the local festivities which begin at 11:00 pm tonight!

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Happy Chinese New Year!

This Week @MusicCenterLA

With Mardis Gras just barely behind us, tomorrow rings in the Chinese New Year welcoming the year of the Wood Sheep (or Goat or Ram).  Depending on your own beliefs and superstitions, it could be a year of conflict, a year of success, maybe a little bit of both, but ultimately The Music Center will have you covered no matter what. Especially during this most eventful week!

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This Sunday World City at The Music Center is excited to have the traditional Balinese Music & Dance group Gamelan Sekar Jaya, also known as “the finest Balinese gamelan ensemble outside of Indonesia” (TempoMagazine). The two performances at 11:00am & 12:30pm at the W.M. Keck Children’s Amphitheatre are FREE! While online reservations are currently closed, that doesn’t mean you can’t walk up on the day of for some first come first served tickets!

LA Opera continues its run of The Ghosts of Versailles, the delightful and enchanting opera within an opera, with two shows this week and just another two before it closes! Looking for a tempting teaser to push you over the edge? Look no further than here.

Center Theatre Group continues its run of the provocative and classic drama The Price at the Mark Taper Forum this week. Additionally there is still time to catch Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye The Farewell Tour at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Tonight the LA Phil presents an evening of Late Masterworks with András Schiff, where you can hear the Hungarian virtuoso play the late keyboard sonatas of Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert. Then, from Thursday through Saturday the LA Phil presents three opportunities to experience Chinese New Year: From Tchaikovsky to Tan Dun. Each evening not only boats an eclectic and carefully curated production of East blending with West, but also concludes with traditional Chinese New Year festivities ranging from dragon & lion dancing, to beer tasting and calligraphy in the Walt Disney Concert Hall. (Remember, we’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Chinatown if you’re looking to keep the New Year festivities rolling!)

REDCAT continues their run of Mariano Pensotti: Cineastas. This not-to-be-missed split screen set of life and art has showtimes through Saturday. Catch this conceptually woven together “filmic drama” before it’s gone!

Our #Hearts4ArtsLA Valentine to you…

A couple weeks ago, we asked you to share photos of art happening in Los Angeles on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for our #Heart4ArtsLA photo challenge… And well, shucks – we were blown away by your submissions!  There is clearly lots of love for the arts here in our fair city & we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing your photos with us!

As a special Valentine’s Day treat, we will be reposting one #Heart4artsLA submission every hour from 10am to 3pm on our Instagram feed tomorrow (February 14th!)  Keep an eye on the feed to see if your photo gets reposted!

And as a special valentine to you all, here’s a little glimpse of some of the beautiful shots submitted to #Heart4ArtsLA and a scrapbook of a few of your sweet messages.  We ❤ you!

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Follow along with all the recent posts on our #Heart4ArtsLA page! 

And read a few of the sweet & lovely messages you’ve been sharing…

This Week @MusicCenterLA

One might find this to be a confusing weekend to make plans. It’s a three day weekend in celebration of our Presidents, we’ve got a Friday the 13th, and then a sentimental Valentine’s Day thrown in just to keep it all interesting. Let us help with some phenomenal programming that can accommodate all the above and more!

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LA Opera continues its run of The Ghosts of Versailles, the opera within an opera, with a Sunday matinee. Have you happened to check out Los Angeles magazine’s photo essay of the production’s stunning costumes?

Center Theatre Group opened the provocative and classic drama The Price at the Mark Taper Forum this week, which runs through March 22. Alternatively Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye The Farewell Tour at the Ahmanson Theatre continues with more and more raving reviews of hilarity!

LA Phil presents three opportunities to see Martha Argerich Plays Schumann, including pieces by Britten, Schumann, and Strauss. Tonight, enjoy the multi-faceted jazz evening Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project, featuring $20 tickets. And in case you missed it last Saturday, find yourself and your little ones immersed in Toyota Symphonies for Youth: Bolero: Ravel’s Dance for Orchestra this Saturday. All at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

REDCAT presents a not-to-be-missed split screen set for Mariano Pensotti: Cineastas, which conceptually weaves together life and art in this “filmic drama.” Opens tomorrow night and runs through next week, so you can still have another opportunity to catch it in case your three day weekend suddenly slips by!

#Throwback Thursday-The Oval Bar

Have you ever ordered a drink at the Oval Bar inside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion? Well, we’re throwing it way back for today’s ‪#‎TBT‬ with an early sketch of that very bar by architect Welton Becket… Is it no wonder this watering hole is a favorite location for movie and TV show shoots?

Next time you’re at the Pavilion for a show, head to the 2nd floor to get a drink at the Oval Bar.  Tell ’em Don Draper sent you!