Last Minute Gift Guide

It happens to all of us.  No matter how organized you are  or how early you started your holiday shopping, there are inevitably a few people on your list for whom you still need a present.  This is when #Tixmas comes into play!

Tickets make an amazing present for pretty much everyone.  It’s the gift of a night out, a world-class cultural experience, something they can remember for years to come, AND the best part, you can get them instantly as soon as you make your purchase.  No busy malls to scavenge, no crossing your fingers that the mail delivers your gift on time.

Here’s our quick gift-guide to some of the most crowd-pleasing shows coming to The Music Center  to gift to someone this Christmas….

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Photo by Jae Man Joo

Complexions Contemporary Ballet | April 15-17, 2016

Founded by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson (two esteemed alumni of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Complexions delivers an exciting, genre-bending performance that blurs the boundaries of ballet and contemporary.  Always high energy.  Always inspiring.

The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute | February 13-March 6th

LA Opera brings back this unique production of the Mozart classic, which delighted audiences in their 2013/14 season.  Director Barrie Kosky created this staging in combination with the British theater group “1927,” whose humorous shows have thrilled audiences all over the world with their interaction between film animation and live-performing actors. Packed with exquisite singing and stage wizardry, Mozart’s delightful blend of high comedy and serious drama enchants young and old alike.

An Act of God

An Act of God | January 30-March 13th, 2016

An Act of God, coming to the Ahmanson straight from Broadway, is based on the critically acclaimed book written by God and transcribed by David Javerbaum. Javerbaum is a 13-time Emmy Award® winner for his work as a head writer and executive producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and also curator of the Twitter account@TheTweetOfGod, which has over 2 million followers.  In this 90 minute comedy, God takes the form of Emmy Award winner Sean Hayes, who hilariously tackles all the many questions that have plagued mankind through all of history.


LA Phil with Itzhak Perlman | January 14-17th, 2016

The incomparable Itzhak Perlman plays Mozart and leads Tchaikovsky’s beloved Fifth.  Hear this incredible musician, along with the amazing Los Angeles Philharmonic in the iconic and acoustically perfect Walt Disney Concert Hall.


Anthracite Fields | March 6th, 2016

LA Master Chorale  performs Anthracite Fields, which was premiered in 2014 in Philadelphia and reprised at the New York Philharmonic’s Biennial Celebration to great acclaim. Described by the New York Times as “polished and stylistically assured” and “a major, profound work” by the LA Times, composer Julia Wolfe weaves together the oral histories, interviews, union speeches and even accident reports from the Pennsylvania mining region at the turn of the 19th century.  In addition, the Master Chorale performs folk songs and spirituals of Appalachia, representing the heritage of many backgrounds, including coal miners of Welsh, Irish and African-American descent.

Happy Tixmas!

Music Center Sing Along is Tonight!

Music Center Holiday Sing-Along

Whether your the best singer at karaoke or can’t carry a tune to save your life, all levels are welcome to join us tonight at our annual Holiday Sing-Along.  We’ll be belting out a bevy of Christmas classics with live accompaniment (and a song leader, to help you stay on pitch)  from 6:30-8pm tonight on our beautifully decorated plaza.

Gather under the glow of our holiday tree and sing along with family and friends!  The event is totally free, but seating is limited, so we recommend you head over early.  Ticket distribution will begin at 6pm.

The Music Center's Holiday Sing-Along

The Music Center's Holiday Sing-Along

Ugly holiday sweaters are not required, but always encouraged!  😉  Hope to see you there!

Allow us to clue you in on Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

Our next dance engagement of the 2015/16 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center is with Taiwan’s premiere (and first) contemporary dance company, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre.  Here’s some background on the company and why everyone should jump at the chance to see them here in LA…

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

Founded and led by the prolific choreographer Lin Hwai-min in 1973,  and named after the oldest known dance in China, Cloud Gate blends Asian mythology, folklore, and aesthetics with a modern sensibility.  Their style draws from such diverse movement disciplines and artistic approaches as t’ai chi, meditation, martial arts, modern dance, and classical ballet, resulting in a totally unique form of contemporary movement and story-telling.

The company tours extensively and is extremely popular in Taiwan and beyond.    They’ve even had an asteroid named after them, as well as a street in Taipei… Suffice to say, they are highly regarded in the cultural landscape of China.  Founder Hwai-min’s work as a choreographer has been likened to that of William Foresythe and George Balanchine.  He’s been heralded as “the most important choreographer in Asia,” and has received numerous awards and honors for his innovative creativity.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

This innovative style certainly comes through in Rice, the piece they will present during their 3 performance run here at The Music Center.  Rice was inspired by the landscape and story of Chihshang in the East Rift Valley of Taiwan, a farming village that was tainted by the use of chemical fertilizer, but which has now regained its title as the “Land of Emperor Rice” by adapting organic farming methods.  The piece is rooted in the fragility and importance of rice, a staple in the Asian landscape and culture.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

This January marks the first time Cloud Gate Dance Theatre will be at The Music Center, and we can hardly wait to welcome this renowned company to our Dorothy Chandler stage.  It’s an honor and a production you don’t want to miss!  More information and tickets are on sale now.


This Weekend at The Music Center

December is a busy month here at The Music Center and as such there are a myriad of things to see and enjoy this weekend.  Here’s the breakdown…

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Center Theatre Group presents another mesmerizing performance of The Christians in the Mark Taper Forum, while the LA Phil presents a thrilling classical program featuring violinist Gil Shaham with Dudamel conducting, in the Walt Disney Concert Hall.  And Camille A. Brown & Dancer’s fantastic Black Girl: Linguistic Play continues it’s weekend run the REDCAT theater.



Catch the LA Phil’s Toyota Symphonies for Youth series with The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra at 11am in the Disney Concert Hall.  Then at 2pm, see the La Master Chorale’s jubilant Festival of Carols.  Round off your day with the LA Opera’s stunning production of Norma in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at 7:30pm.  Additionally, all of Friday’s shows will play again on Saturday.



Sunday offers a reprise of shows from the weekend, including matinees of Dudamel & Shaham from LA Phil, The Christians from Center Theatre Group (there will also be an evening performance), and Camille A. Brown & Dancer’s  Black Girl: Linguistic Play from REDCAT.  Additionally, the LA Master Chorale will give an evening performance of Handel’s Messiah in the Walt Disney Concert Hall that is sure to be absolutely glorious.

Have a great weekend!

Christmas Ukuleles are Ringing!

Ukulele Christmas Orchestra Photo by Heather Toner

Christmas songs and ukuleles are something of a Yultide tradition here at The Music Center, as each year we host a festive play-along, where folks can learn to play their favorite  holiday tunes on everyone’s favorite little instrument!  This year is no different, we’re having our annual “Christmas Ukulele Orchestra” play-along in the beautifully decorated Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and we invite all you uke-playing Angelinos out there to join us!

Today is the last day to register for the event, taking place December 11th from 6:30-8pm (if you need a refresher course on the basics there will be a pre-lesson starting at 6.)  And for extra fun, we’ve infused some Americana-style twang into this year’s playlist (proving just how versatile the ukulele sound can be!)

Tickets are just $15 and festive fun for all is guaranteed!  Grab your ukelele, a few friends and get ready to get your “Mele Kalikimaka” on!  Sign up now.

Our halls are decked for the holidays!

The Music Center campus is fully decked out for the holidays and as such we’re feeling extra festive over here in DTLA!  Of course, our theatres are beautiful all year round, but during December they have an extra special sparkle!  They are literally singing with holiday cheer…. Just check out our SnapChat story to see what I mean.  You can find us snapping as musiccenterla.

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Come over one evening to stroll the campus and take in all the festive decor… It’s also a perfect backdrop for your holiday family photo!