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….

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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.

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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.

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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 Weekend @ The Music Center

Well Los Angeles, we finally made it through one of the hottest weeks of the summer and as a special treat, indulge in the many amazing things happening this weekend right here at The Music Center!  Here’s the rundown…

Tonight

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2015 American Composers Forum National Composition Concert at REDCAT 

In conjunction with American Composers Forum’s largest board meeting of the year, the concert features wild Up performing pieces written for them by the winners of the 2015 American Composers Forum’s National Composition Contest: William Gardiner (Yale University), Alex Temple (Northwestern University) and Nina C. Young (Columbia University).  wild Up is a modern music collective; an adventurous chamber orchestra; a Los Angeles-based group of musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. The group believes that music is a catalyst for shared experiences, and that a concert venue is a place to challenge, excite and ignite a community of listeners.  So in three words: super duper cool.

Saturday

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LA Opera’s Season Opening Show & Gala

Schicchi/Pagliacci by Giacomo Puccini/Ruggero Leoncavallo
Starring Plácido Domingo

Two legendary directors combine forces for a sensational season-opener for our resident company, LA Opera.  First, Plácido Domingo stars as Gianni Schicchi in Woody Allen’s riotous staging of Puccini’s comic masterpiece, conducted by Grant Gershon.

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LA Opera – Schicchi Final Dress Rehearsal
Photo by Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging

After the intermission, Plácido Domingo conducts the conclusion of the double bill, Franco Zeffirelli’s epic production of Pagliacci starring Marco Berti, Ana María Martinez and George Gagnidze.  Filling the stage with hair-raising drama, the action plays out in a breathtaking contemporary urban landscape.

In short, it’s going to be an amazing night at the opera!

Sunday

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João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva One month without filming Exhibition at REDCAT

The work of Portuguese artists João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, who have worked collaboratively since 2001, is characterized by the use of silent films and other analog forms of expression to portray poetic-philosophical narratives suspended in an indeterminate zone between reality and artifice. For the first major exhibition by the duo in Los Angeles, newly commissioned films are juxtaposed with past works to create a conceptual narrative and provide a larger glimpse at the duo’s extended practice.  On going exhibit through September 20th.

Have a great weekend Los Angeles!!!

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.

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It’s decidedly Spring now! And oh what a wonderful string of events we have coming up this week!

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We’re very excited to present the Ukrainian Ethno-Punk group DakhaBrakha this Saturday at World City. As usual there are two FREE showtimes, and all you need to do is register here. And maybe catch a snippet here just to get excited!

LA Opera presents its final two opportunities to see The Marriage of Figaro this Thursday and Sunday. Mozart’s classic is the conclusion of the Figaro Trilogy. Need a refresher on which one this is? Stop us if you’ve heard this one

Center Theatre Group continues its delightful run of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Ahmanson. Enjoy this lovely trailer for the show. And as for dining options when you come, consider this very special children’s menu from Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar!

LA Phil has a very full week of classical programming aptly and gently welcoming Spring:

  • Tomorrow night Concerto Köln presents a dynamic program featuring music by some of the Baroque period’s best composers as performed by this celebrated period-instrument ensemble based out of Cologne, Germany. 
  • Friday through Sunday presents Vivaldi & Handel featuring Spring and Summer from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as well as excerpts from Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto. Enjoy this clip!
  • Hélène Grimaud in Recital on Tuesday encompasses expressive possibilities of water music through a sampling of colorful, decorative, atmospheric, and poetic selections, mostly from the 20th century.

Speaking of water… This weekend LA Master Chorale presents The Water Passion by Tan Dun. Don’t let the title fool you into thinking the sounds of water might be an allusion as there’s indeed water incorporated into this presentation! Enjoy this rehearsal video via LAMC’s Facebook page here.

On Sunday the REDCAT presents a matinee and evening performance of L.A. Bassoons and then on Tuesday catch in limbo: Robert Henke, Ulrich Krieger and Amy Knoles presenting an evening of far-flung musical exploration.

This Week @MusicCenterLA

Hard to believe it’s April! And no jokes here today: there’s lots to choose from this week at The Music Center!

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LA Opera presents a Saturday evening opportunity to see The Marriage of Figaro. Mozart’s classic is the conclusion of the Figaro Trilogy.

Center Theatre Group continues its dazzling run of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Ahmanson. As for dining options when you come, consider this very special children’s menu from Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar just for the run of Cinderella!

LA Phil has a very full week of classical music as well as just down-right classics.

Tonight at the REDCAT experience The Southland Ensemble Plays Early Robert Ashley, in which you’ll find the experimental music collective focusing on Ashley’s conceptual and seldom-performed compositions from the 1960s. Then on Monday evening come out for The Films of Gregory J. Markopoulos with a program including Bliss (1967, 7 min.) and Gammelion (1968, 54 min.).

See you at the Center!