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!

Desperately Seeking Salas

Let us introduce you to the creative force behind our upcoming dance engagement at The Music Center – Tania Pérez-Salas.

Tania Pérez-Salas | Photo by Ricardo Trabulsi

Tania Pérez-Salas | Photo by Ricardo Trabulsi

Born in Mexico City, Tania Pérez-Salas first obtained significant recognition in 1993 when she received the award for best female performer in the National Dance Competition of Mexico. Just one year later she founded Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza, which has since become unparalleled in the world of Mexican contemporary dance with tours throughout Mexico, the United States, Canada, South America, China, the Middle East, and Europe as well as numerous invitations to the world’s most prestigious dance festivals.

Pérez-Salas has fast become Mexico’s premiere contemporary choreographer with work based on universal themes, which she presents from unique angles. Her choreography is nourished by her love of movies, literature, visual arts and philosophy. Each work stems from a real-life experience and displays a unique quality that blends music, sets, costumes and lighting. Her dancers are highly trained professionals, equal to the task of successfully expressing the required blend of emotion and technique. The result on stage is captivating, visually arresting, and highly emotive work.

Tania Pérez-Salas | Photo by Ricardo Trabulsi

Tania Pérez-Salas | Photo by Ricardo Trabulsi

Both as a dancer and a choreographer Pérez-Salas has been awarded multiple contemporary dance fellowships from several cultural institutions in Mexico, as well as support from private enterprises. She has lectured in Mexico and abroad, served as a juror for prestigious arts awards in Mexico, and with her company represented Mexico in the CINARS 2002 conference in Montreal, and at Gateway to the Americas conferences in Mexico City in 2003 and 2004.

Since 2008, Ms. Perez-Salas has been the host and a member of the creative team for Juego de Cuerpos (Body Games), a television series featuring dance that is airing for its third season, now under the title Pasión en Movimiento (Movement in Passion) on Mexico’s Channel 22.

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Photo by David Garces

For her engagement at The Music Center, Perez-Salas brings a program featuring two of her more recent creations. Made in Mexico (Hecho en Mexico), 2014, reflects her perspective of contemporary Mexico with images that touch upon the universal and the controversial. Ex-Stasis, 2010, confronts modern life and the subsequent breakdown in communication between our bodies and our minds.

Get your tickets to see Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza at the Ahmanson May 15th – 17th!

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Another week of exciting openings this week at The Music Center!

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LA Opera opens and runs for this week only Hercules VS. Vampires. Check out this video teaser, and yes there will be popcorn and drinks in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion!

Center Theatre Group opens Immediate Family tonight at the Mark Taper Forum, and continues its run of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Ahmanson with only this week left to catch it if you haven’t!

LA Phil presents the Colburn Orchestra with Salonen on Friday featuring the talented young players of The Colburn Orchestra playing Stravinsky. Come early on Saturday for interactive art projects prior to Toyota Symphonies for Youth: Peter and the Wolf. Then later on Saturday night experience Gracias a la Vida: The Rebel Spirit of Violeta Parra as generations of musicians pay homage to the most important singer-songwriter-storyteller in the history of Chile. On Sunday catch Grammy®-winner Esperanza Spalding, performing the music from her recent studio albums.

REDCAT presents the much awaited Poor Dog Group: The Murder Ballad (1938) with a Friday through Sunday run gives forceful physical life to Jelly Roll Morton’s legendary 1938 recording. On Monday see Spencer Williams and The Blood of Jesus, one of the very first African American independent filmmakers, and his great cultural morality tale. Then on Tuesday enjoy Los Angeles-based concerto soloist and chamber musician for Piano Spheres: Nic Gerpe | Ces Espaces Infinis.

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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.

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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!

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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!