#Throwback Thursday – Ballerina memories…

We have a very cool #ThrowbackThursday to share with you today…

In anticipation of our 50th Anniversary this weekend, we received a lovely collection of photos from a former member of George Balanchine’s Ballet of Los Angeles, taken in between rehearsals of Swan Lake at The Music Center in March 1965 – Just after our Pavilion opened!

Here’s a few of the snapshots sent to us by dancer Diana Soltesz (formally Diana Reese) that show her and fellow dancer Margaret Lauermann on our Grand Staircase, Diana getting ready in our dressing rooms, and a full company picture with George Balanchine and Maria Tallchief!

Throwback Thursday - The Ballet of Los Angeles
Additionally, here are some snaps of a program from the show, as well as a newspaper clip about the Ballet of Los Angeles featuring a photo of Diana Soltesz getting tips from prima ballerina Maria Tallchief..

Pavilion Magazine Cover

Ballet of Los Angeles 1965 Program

Diana Reese Newspaper Clipping

“I will never forget the excitement of being an ‘insider’ at this grand new establishment, which meant so much to my home city of Los Angeles: The Music Center.”  


Thank you Diana for sending these our way!

This Week @MusicCenterLA

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!

This Week @MusicCenterLA

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!

This Week @MusicCenterLA

It’s a jam packed one with lots to choose from! Our quick digest to help sort it out is below…

This Week @MusicCenterLA

Closing this week:

With only two performances left of LA Opera‘s Dido & Aeneas / Bluebeard’s Castle, be sure to catch one of them as the last show is this Saturday! Bonus: Read these 13 Things You Didn’t Know about the production!

Opening this week:

Are you in the mood for something raucously funny this week? Center Theatre Group presents Joe Orton’s 1969 British comedy What the Butler Saw opening Wednesday night at the Mark Taper Forum. In its day it was considered a scandalous play… See what you think 45 years later!

The LA Phil presents the Academy of Ancient Music for one night only, and then presents a three-performance run of Ravel & Elgar.

The LA Master Chorale will be in the Walt Disney Concert Hall with Renaissance: Reawakened, in which you’ll hear the music that graced the cathedral halls during the Renaissance.

While the REDCAT has an extremely busy week with dynamic programming almost every night of the week, we recommend Studio: Fall 2014. Not often do we as audiences get to experience an artist’s process, but this is one of LA’s own unique exceptions to that rule.

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!

Live-Chat with The Australian Ballet Dancer Brooke Lockett

In case you missed it, here are some highlights from our live chat yesterday morning with The Australian Ballet company member Brooke Lockett…. We chatted about dance, Australia, Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake and of course Los Angeles!

The show opens tonight and runs through the weekend.  If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, hop to it!  And keep an eye on this space for more behind the scenes peeks and special offers!

Swan Lake tickets and details here!

It’s Your Moment to Shine On Stage!

We are looking for a few good Supers… Maybe even super Supers, to be in National Ballet of Canada’s Romeo and Juliet next week!  It’s a chance to perform on the beautiful Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage with one of the premiere ballet companies in the world, so why not check out the auditions?

Here’s all the info, just be sure to email us to set up your audition: danceRSVP@musiccenter.org

Super Casting Notice

Throwback Thursday – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Throwback Thursday The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

For today’s ThrowBack Theatre Thursday we thought we’d share this gem from The Music Center archives.  It’s the inside of  the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with guests with some very fashionable guests, we think you’ll agree.  We just love the 1960’s clothes and hairstyles – So glam!

Happy Thursday!