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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!

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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!

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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!

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This week The Music Center has about as much holiday cheer as you can imagine! We’re bursting at the seams particularly with sing-alongs, so don your Santa hats, bundle up, and come on out for some “fa la la la la” L.A. style!

 

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The Music Center Holiday Sing-Along is FREE on the Plaza this Friday at 6:30pm. Arrive early for guaranteed tickets and seating, and bundle up for an evening of merrily singing under the stars!

The 55th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration will be presented in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion also for FREE on December 24th with FREE parking, too! If you can’t make it in person, it will be broadcast a few times on PBS SoCal.

In all their festive spirit, LA Phil has so much happening we’ve had to break it down with bullet points!

LA Master Chorale presents Handel: Messiah, one of the greatest choral works of all time on Sunday in the Walt Disney Concert Hall. 

Center Theatre Group continues its run of Blithe Spirit this week at the Ahmanson with Angela Lansbury, while What the Butler Saw closes this week at the Mark Taper Forum.

LA Opera continues its beautiful Florencia en el Amazonas with two performances this week.

Ongoing through February at REDCAT is the exhibit of The Wilson Exercises.

Ongoing daily throughout the week (except the 24th & 25th) 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!

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A little bit of a quiet week with Thanksgiving and all, but still plenty of opportunities to bring your family out for some wonderful highlights at The Music Center!

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LA Phil has three presentations of Dudamel & Capuçon to choose from at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in addition to a one night only performance of Tony and Grammy toting Broadway legend Audra McDonald.

LA Opera continues it’s beautiful Florencia en el Amazonas with a performance this weekend.

Center Theatre Group continues it’s run of the 1960s farce What the Butler Saw at the Mark Taper Forum.

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 and have a very happy Thanksgiving!