This Weekend @ The Music Center

Today has been an inspiring Friday as we celebrated our 37th Annual Very Special Arts Festival and began setting up for Dia De Los Muertos and Grand Ave Arts: All Access… It has also been a busy Friday, so here’s a quick rundown of all the many things happening at The Music Center this weekend…


Center Theatre Group continues it’s run of Appropriate in the Mark Taper Forum.  They’ve also got a performance of The Sound of Music in the Ahmanson Theatre.  The LA Philharmonic meanwhile have a performance of works by Mozart & Haydn in the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the REDCAT theater hosts a performance of John Fleck’s darkly hilarious one-man show, Blacktop Highway.  


L-R: Melora Hardin, Zarah Mahler, David Bishins, Robert Beitzel, Grace Kaufman, Missy Yager and Will Tranfo in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ “Appropriate.” Directed by Eric Ting, “
Photo by Craig Schwartz


Get a major dose of cultural awesomeness by joining us and 10 of our neighboring arts organizations on Grand Ave for the 1st Grand Ave Arts: All Access event, with open rehearsals, performances, exhibits, installations, tours and more!  Free and perfect for all ages, from 10am to 5pm, spanning 5th street to Temple!

Also, be sure to check out all the beautiful alters on display for Dia De Los Muertos throughout Grand Park and The Music Center’s plaza as part of Downtown Dia!  Stick around for Grand Park’s Noche de Ofrenda ceremony from 7-9pm.

Plus check out the Hotel Theory exhibition at REDCAT, and more performances of Appropriate, The Sound of Music and Mozart & Haydn.

Hotel Theaory


Another chance to see Appropriate in the Taper, The Sound of Music in the Ahmanson and Blacktop Highway and Hotel Theory in REDCAT.

Additionally, you can catch the Bach Collegium Japan performing a suburb program of classical favorites in the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

bach collegium japan

For the full rundown of everything at The Music Center, check out our main calendar, and have an excellent weekend Los Angeles!

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…



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.



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!



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!!!

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


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.

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


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!

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Fact: We’re rushing forward with this year! Evidence: Daylight’s Savings Time begins this Sunday! Solution: Before you lose that hour, come on down to the Music Center and partake in one or more of our various venues presenting an array of visual and aural treats. (We’ve really packed it in this week!)


LA Opera continues with a Sunday performance of The Barber of Seville. You know the music, but have you seen this much color on an opera stage? Check out this clip and then check your closet to see if you have anything half as colorful to wear to the Dorothy Chandler when you come see it!

Center Theatre Group continues its run of the provocative and classic drama The Price at the Mark Taper Forum this week, which challenges the audience with the question: how do we measure the value of our lives? Beautiful trailer here from CTG. Quite contrarily, Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye The Farewell Tour continues at the Ahmanson with the LA Times reviewing it as “…a mix of Joan Rivers, Don Rickles, the queen mother and a boxing kangaroo.”

LA Phil has a full plate of presentations this week:

  • Tonight catch Late Masterworks with András Schiff, in which the piano sonatas of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert are performed by one of the instrument’s reigning masters.
  • Thursday through Sunday offers Dudamel & Mahler 6, the dramatic and dark symphony complete with a massive wood box with an equally massive sledgehammer to realize Mahler’s famous “hammer blows.”
  • Saturday afternoon presents American Youth Symphony and a bill complete with Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, and the premiere of Mavericks, a piece inspired by the legendary Mavericks surf break off the shore of Half Moon Bay in Northern California.
  • On Tuesday Gustavo Dudamel leads a program of Modern music in Green Umbrella: Dudamel Conducts

On Sunday, LAMC presents a concert built around the theme of ascension featuring the Los Angeles Chamber Choir with the LA Master Chorale in Los Angeles Master Chorale: Songs of Ascent.

REDCAT is filling their week with three entirely different events:

  • In tonight’s Judith Butler: Vulnerability and Resistance, the eminent American philosopher offers an opportunity to dig deeper during her third of four lectures in connection with her residency at the CalArts School of Critical Studies’ Aesthetics and Politics Program.
  • Thursday finds 21st-century acoustic chamber music, improvisation and free jazz performed by The Brad Dutz 4tet, a group which first came together at REDCAT 10 years ago.
  • And Friday, if you enjoyed Los Angeles Plays Itself, then don’t miss the opportunity to see Thom Andersen: The Thoughts That Once We Had, the filmmakers most recent film essay covering cinematic history and effused with Anderson lifelong love of the movies.

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We’re easing into 2015 rather gently over here. After all, 2014 was one heckuva year for us! A few gems, however, are in store this week…


With a little over a week left of performances, Center Theatre Group has several remaining dates to see Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit at the Ahmanson starring the incomparable Angela Lansbury.

LA Phil presents three performances of MTT @ 70: Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, one evening presenting Organ Recital: Anthony Newman, and one aptly titled exciting performance of Green Umbrella :Theater of the Outrageous. All happening at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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!

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For another 50 years, the shows must go on! And this first week after our 50th Spectacular is jam packed with options, mainly ones that are getting us in the holiday spirit! Speaking of spirit


Center Theatre Group opened Blithe Spirit this week at the Ahmanson starring the incomparable Angela Lansbury. What the Butler Saw continues it’s run with only one more week left at the Mark Taper Forum.

LA Phil has four presentations of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody to choose from, and on Saturday Toyota Symphonies for Youth: Jazz and the Orchestra at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Additionally an LA favorite returns on Tuesday with The Manhattan Transfer Christmas Show.

LA Master Chorale is getting in the holiday spirit with Festival of Carols on Saturday and Rejoice! A Cappella Christmas on Sunday in the Walt Disney Concert Hall. 

LA Opera continues its beautiful Florencia en el Amazonas with a performance this weekend.

REDCAT presents an exceptionally exciting bill for CalArts Winter Dance 2014, as well as Piano Spheres: Aron Kallay.

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!