This Weekend at The Music Center

Happy Friday friends!  This weekend we’ve got a very cool assortment of shows, including Music Center debuts and opening nights!  You won’t want to miss a thing this weekend at The Music Center…

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre RICE

Tonight

Catch the 1st of 3 performances of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in our Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  Known as Taiwan’s premiere contemporary dance company, Cloud Gate blends a unique and mesmerizing style influenced by Tai-Chi, martial arts and modern dance.  Their production, Rice, tells the cyclical story of the staple crop, set against a backdrop of stunning photography from the region.

Meanwhile in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the LA Phil in a program of Beethoven and Mahler.  And in the CalArts REDCAT theatre, check out Meg Wolfe’s new lushly physical movement workNew Faithful Disco , for a very different kind of dance show!

New Faithful Disco

Saturday

Along with additional performances of Cloud Gate Dance, Beethoven and Mahler, and  New Faithful Disco, treat yourself to the opening night of Center Theatre Group’s hilarious new engagement of  An Act of God, starring Sean Hayes in our Ahmanson Theatre.   Plus, the Los Angeles Master Chorale will be performing a matinee of Verdi’s Requiem in the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Looking for something for the kiddos?  Take them to the latest performance in the LA Phil’s mid-morning series, Toyota’s Symphonies for Youth, at 11 am in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and enjoy a short performance of Debussy’s La Mer.  

An Act of God

Sunday

It’s the final day to see Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, as well as additional performance of Beethoven and Mahler, Verdi’s Requiem, and  An Act of God.

Have a wonderful weekend Los Angeles!

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

Going All Out on Grand Ave

It’s no secret that downtown LA’s Grand Avenue has been a cultural hub for some time now.  But with the addition of The Broad Museum this past month, along with the slew of new restaurants, events and apartments opening up, Grand Avenue is brimming over with vibrancy right now.  So it seemed only fitting that all of the artistic organizations on the avenue take a moment to collectively open all our doors and celebrate all the incredible art and culture happening on Grand Ave all the time!

This Saturday, join us for Grand Ave Arts: All Access – Los Angeles’ home for world-class arts and culture turns inside out with open rehearsals, architecture tours, museum exhibitions, performances, food and drink, and kids film screenings.   It’s all free, open to all ages, and includes all the arts organizations from 5th Street to Temple.

Grand Ave Arts: All Access

Activities for The Music Center include …

+  Performances on our plaza by Xoyocote Azteca dance company.

+  Día de los Muertos art installations as part of a wide-scale project that includes Grand Park.

+  Día de los Muertos-themed face painting and Papel Picado workshops featuring guest            artists Alvaro Asturias and Xochitl Palomera in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion lobby.

+  Tours of our oldest theater, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, every 30 minutes beginning at     11:00 a.m. Last tour leaves at 1:30 p.m.

Visit the Grand Ave Arts: All Access website for a full rundown of activities for the day, and be sure to grab your friends and family to take in all the amazing things happening in the heart of Los Angeles’ cultural scene!

This Weekend @ The Music Center

Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend? Join Center Theatre Group for The Sound Of Music Kids Night at the Ahmanson Theatre on Sunday!

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Buy one full price adult ticket and get one child ticket free—use code KIDSNIGHT. Pre-show lobby activities including arts & crafts begin at 5:30pm. For tickets or more information, visit CenterTheatreGroup.org/SoundOfMusic or call 213.972.4400.

Additionally, CTG has performances of the Rogers & Hammerstein classic tonight and Saturday, or you can catch Appropriate, playing all weekend in the Mark Taper Forum.

Meanwhile in Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil has a weekend of Beethoven – Symphonies 3 & 4 tonight, 5 & 6 tomorrow, and closing out the weekend with the 9th symphony on Sunday.  

And LA Opera has their final performance of Gianni Schicchi / Pagliacci , starring Plácido Domingo,  on Saturday night in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  Don’t miss this epic double bill!

And last, but not least, the Gallery at REDCAT launches Hotel  Theory on Sunday – a platform for performances, screenings, concerts, philosophical meditations, conversations and other events throughout the three-month exhibition, which explores the possibilities of theory as an art form.

It’s another amazing weekend here at The Music Center – We hope to see you around!

This Week @MusicCenterLA

Another full week with plenty of brilliant choices for entertainment over here!

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Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center brings Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza to the Ahmanson this weekend. Experience this internationally celebrated company from Mexico City and then stay for the post-show lounge featuring music selections provided by MOCHILLA DJ’s!

Center Theatre Group continues its run of Immediate Family, a play about the Bryant family reunion which takes a comedic turn when the middle son brings home his Swedish boyfriend and tosses him into a stew of family dysfunctions. Enjoy this interview with Tony Award® winning director Phylicia Rashad.

LA Phil presents four opportunities to see Dudamel Conducts Ravel including pre-concert talks with KUSC Host Alan Chapman, three Ravel hits in one evening, and special guest Jean-Yves Thibaudet who will also be signing CDs at the lobby entrance to the LA Phil Store. Then on Tuesday catch NEXT ON GRAND: Chamber Music Society: All-American featuring a complimentary pre-concert wine reception!

Los Angeles Master Chorale presents Music of Whitacre & Pärt on Saturday and Sunday including pre-show talks with Music Director Grant Gershon and KUSC Host Alan Chapman. As a teaser, enjoy this unique video project Whitacre created!

REDCAT presents CalArts Writers Showcase: Next Words in which the School of Critical Studies hosts its annual reading showcasing the graduating class of CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program. Then this weekend catch the conclusion of REDCAT’s International Children’s Film Festival.

This Week @MusicCenterLA

While Mother’s Day may be the most lovely highlight of this week, there’s also plenty happening here at The Music Center… even a few fine options on mom’s very own day!

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World City closes it’s 14/15 season with Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble, featuring their Afro-Cuban repertoire with rhythms such as rumba and dances with roots in the Yoruba religion and another by way of the Congo. With elements of international Hip-Hop and audience participation, Kùlú Mèlé will bring the joyous celebration of Cuban Carnival to LA!

Center Theatre Group continues it’s run of Immediate Family  at the Mark Taper Forum, directed by Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad. In case you missed it, here’s a wonderful editorial piece on Rashad’s role from the LA Times.

LA Phil presents the brilliant French vocal and instrumental ensemble Les Arts Florissants who have been at the forefront of Baroque performance practice since 1979. The week continues with several performances boasting the powerhouse trio of talents Dudamel, Bronfman & Brahms featuring pre-concert talks with Eric Bromberger.

REDCAT continues with it’s second weekend of the REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival. On Friday and Saturday night enjoy CalArts’ Next Dance Company compiling the school’s most accomplished performers and choreographers from the 2015 graduating class. On Tuesday catch Grammy-nominated and Alpert Award winning composer-pianist Vijay Iyer: Solo Piano.

This Week @MusicCenterLA

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.