Our halls are decked for the holidays!

The Music Center campus is fully decked out for the holidays and as such we’re feeling extra festive over here in DTLA!  Of course, our theatres are beautiful all year round, but during December they have an extra special sparkle!  They are literally singing with holiday cheer…. Just check out our SnapChat story to see what I mean.  You can find us snapping as musiccenterla.

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Come over one evening to stroll the campus and take in all the festive decor… It’s also a perfect backdrop for your holiday family photo!

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It’s officially summer and the warm nights make it oh so much easier to opt for entertainment in buildings with AC, or alternately embrace the Friday nights on our Plazas!

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Center Theatre Group continues with their presentation of the award winning and internationally acclaimed production of Matilda The Musical. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, it is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

With Summer @ The Music Center in full swing, we are very excited to have dance dominating our programming of 13 Fridays @ The Music Center. This Friday is Bring Your Own Dance Moves (BYODM) featuring Adrian Younge, Garth Trinidad, and DJ Expo. Enjoy non-stop music on the Plaza curated in collaboration with ArtDontSleep and Dublab. Late night bar menu and $5 parking starts at 8 PM. #BYODM

Meanwhile, The Walt Disney Concert Hall is serving as the home for some guest events this week including: Fresno Opera & Orchestra Summer Academy Philharmonic, KJAZZ 88.1 Summer Benefit Concert, and California Philharmonic: Beatles & Beethoven.

Shining the Spotlight on New Talent!

This past Tuesday, we celebrated the 27th Annual Spotlight Awards with the Grand Finale Performance in Walt Disney Concert Hall!  It was a new venue for our Spotlight Awards (usually held in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion,) with a new host in the brilliant Jenna Elfman, and with an added new category- Acting.  We also had a new format for our grand prize finalists (of which there are two in each category) in that they all received the grand prize and this final performance was just that – a performance celebrating their tremendous talent and dedication to their art-forms.   So while it felt like a year of “new things” for Spotlight, the talent in all the participants was just as inspiring and remarkable as ever!

Take a moment to meet all our amazing finalists… We can bet you’re going to see their names in programs and marquees in the future!

Here’s a quick slideshow of some of our favorite moments from the day…

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Also, if you came to the performance take your ticket stub over to any Urth Caffe and get a FREE cappuccino or any drink up to $5, plus 20% off any purchase at all URTH CAFFE LOCATIONS.  (Offer valid thru April 15, 2015.)

 

All photos by Danielle Klebanow

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Close out the shortest month of the year with opportunities to fall down the rabbit hole, catch the opening night of a classic opera, and as always, so much more!

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LA Opera continues its Figaro trilogy on the tail end of The Ghosts of Versailles with Rossini’s The Barber of Seville opening this Saturday! Presented in Italian with projected English translations, this opera is a classic and not to be missed. In fact, opening night seats are still available! Here’s a clip of the production to whet your appetite and help jog your familiarity with the music.

Center Theatre Group continues its run of the provocative and classic drama The Price at the Mark Taper Forum this week. Additionally there is still time to catch Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye The Farewell Tour at the Ahmanson Theatre.

On Friday and Saturday the LA Phil presents the sensory feast of Lewis Carroll’s classic remixed into an immersive Alice in Wonderland. This production is an in/SIGHT Concert in collaboration with the LA Opera, and featuring the imaginative illustrations from gonzo-artist Ralph Steadman. Then, on Sunday, experience the dance themed rhythms in Stravinsky & Beethoven, as conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. All at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

REDCAT presents three performances only of Miwa Yanagi Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose’s Last Tape. This visually stunning whodunit production is the true story of a Japanese-American woman stranded in Japan during WWII, forced to broadcast propaganda and then later tried for treason. Enjoy a more explanatory clip, including several striking images from the production here.

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With Mardis Gras just barely behind us, tomorrow rings in the Chinese New Year welcoming the year of the Wood Sheep (or Goat or Ram).  Depending on your own beliefs and superstitions, it could be a year of conflict, a year of success, maybe a little bit of both, but ultimately The Music Center will have you covered no matter what. Especially during this most eventful week!

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This Sunday World City at The Music Center is excited to have the traditional Balinese Music & Dance group Gamelan Sekar Jaya, also known as “the finest Balinese gamelan ensemble outside of Indonesia” (TempoMagazine). The two performances at 11:00am & 12:30pm at the W.M. Keck Children’s Amphitheatre are FREE! While online reservations are currently closed, that doesn’t mean you can’t walk up on the day of for some first come first served tickets!

LA Opera continues its run of The Ghosts of Versailles, the delightful and enchanting opera within an opera, with two shows this week and just another two before it closes! Looking for a tempting teaser to push you over the edge? Look no further than here.

Center Theatre Group continues its run of the provocative and classic drama The Price at the Mark Taper Forum this week. Additionally there is still time to catch Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye The Farewell Tour at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Tonight the LA Phil presents an evening of Late Masterworks with András Schiff, where you can hear the Hungarian virtuoso play the late keyboard sonatas of Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert. Then, from Thursday through Saturday the LA Phil presents three opportunities to experience Chinese New Year: From Tchaikovsky to Tan Dun. Each evening not only boats an eclectic and carefully curated production of East blending with West, but also concludes with traditional Chinese New Year festivities ranging from dragon & lion dancing, to beer tasting and calligraphy in the Walt Disney Concert Hall. (Remember, we’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Chinatown if you’re looking to keep the New Year festivities rolling!)

REDCAT continues their run of Mariano Pensotti: Cineastas. This not-to-be-missed split screen set of life and art has showtimes through Saturday. Catch this conceptually woven together “filmic drama” before it’s gone!

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One might find this to be a confusing weekend to make plans. It’s a three day weekend in celebration of our Presidents, we’ve got a Friday the 13th, and then a sentimental Valentine’s Day thrown in just to keep it all interesting. Let us help with some phenomenal programming that can accommodate all the above and more!

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LA Opera continues its run of The Ghosts of Versailles, the opera within an opera, with a Sunday matinee. Have you happened to check out Los Angeles magazine’s photo essay of the production’s stunning costumes?

Center Theatre Group opened the provocative and classic drama The Price at the Mark Taper Forum this week, which runs through March 22. Alternatively Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye The Farewell Tour at the Ahmanson Theatre continues with more and more raving reviews of hilarity!

LA Phil presents three opportunities to see Martha Argerich Plays Schumann, including pieces by Britten, Schumann, and Strauss. Tonight, enjoy the multi-faceted jazz evening Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project, featuring $20 tickets. And in case you missed it last Saturday, find yourself and your little ones immersed in Toyota Symphonies for Youth: Bolero: Ravel’s Dance for Orchestra this Saturday. All at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

REDCAT presents a not-to-be-missed split screen set for Mariano Pensotti: Cineastas, which conceptually weaves together life and art in this “filmic drama.” Opens tomorrow night and runs through next week, so you can still have another opportunity to catch it in case your three day weekend suddenly slips by!