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!

 

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 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.

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

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

As May comes to a close and summer officially begins with Memorial Day weekend, we have a smaller selection than usual, but still plenty to experience!

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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 behind the scenes look at the cast as they explain a little more!

LA Phil has an exciting four day run of Falla & Flamenco with Dudamel in which Dudamel leads Falla’s flamenco-inspired masterpiece El amor brujo in a thrilling, choreographed production featuring the dancers of Siudy Garrido Ballet Flamenco. Enjoy pre-concert talks with Asadour Santourian. Then on Tuesday be sure to catch Next on Grand: Green Umbrella: John Adams Conducts. Come early for the pre-concert talk with Chad Smith.

On Friday and Saturday come to the REDCAT for CAP/Plaza de la Raza: UAC ETA TBD, a free performance created by the Youth Theater Program of the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and Plaza de la Raza. UAC ETA TBD, aka Undocumented Alien Children, Estimated Time of Arrival, To Be Determined, is the work of many hearts and minds including students, teachers, and those who shared their stories.

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.