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!

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!

A Place to Play in DTLA!

Grand Park Playground

Our neighbors across the street at Grand Park have been making a few changes that cater to LA’s littlest locals.  Grand Park opens their brand new playground this Saturday, complete with places to slide, climb, crawl and jump.  To kick things off,  the park’s hosting a day of play. Come on out tomorrow from 2:00 – 5:00pm for MEET ME AT THE PLAYGROUND!

LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina will lead a special ribbon cutting dedication, followed by activities for kids of all ages, and featuring some choice snacks like popcorn and fruit. Fun all around!  So see ya there!

Photo Booth Fun @ Dance Downtown

For our very first Dance Downtown of the summer last friday (which also happened to be the 100th Dance Downtown ever) we added an element of fun with a make-shift photo booth using our banner and a slew of props and costumes.

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The result?  Shenanigans!  Just see for yourself…

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Be sure to check out our photo booth at future Dance Downtowns, to get a free snap of your own to cherish and share!

 

Bringing the World to our City…

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For the past eleven years, The Music Center has been bringing world music, dance and culture to Los Angeles through World City – A series of free concerts and events connecting world-class artists and their traditions with the many diverse communities of our own global city.  The shows take place on select Saturdays throughout the year, in the W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheater  behind Walt Disney Concert Hall, and are always supplemented with a hands-on art project in the adjacent Blue Ribbon Garden that’s perfect for kids (and their adults!)

The photos above are from our most recent shows with Mongolian dancers Khukh Tenger & Tuvan throat-singers Huun-Huur Tu.  (Pretty amazing stuff!)

But World City is more than just world artists and music, it’s an incredible snapshot into different ways of life, different cultures, and captivating stories from around the globe.  Regardless of the style, or where the artists hail from, the shows never fail to delight!  And, much in a “It’s a Small World” kind of way, but with waaay better music, World City achieves a sense of inter-connectivity by demonstrating how the performing arts can transcend cultures and geographic boundaries with entertaining ease.

There’s only one more World City of the season (and it celebrates the history of our own American west)  so mark your calendars for May 17th to see  Daughters of the Purple Sage and genuine cowboy Wylie Gustafson.

 

All photos by Danielle Klebanow