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!


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.

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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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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!


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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There are some wonderful choices this week at The Music Center…



World City at The Music Center kicks off 2015 with a couple FREE mid-day performances of Samite + H’Sao this Saturday at the W.M. Keck Children’s Amphitheatre on the roof of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Registration is currently closed, but there will be walk-up tickets available on a first come first served basis. 

For a more intimate opportunity to experience the Montreal-based performers from Chad, come experience The Music Center Presents: H’Sao on Saturday night in the Eva & Marc Stern Grand Hall at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

This Sunday Center Theatre Group closes Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit at the Ahmanson. Be sure to get your seat to see this rare reprisal role for Angela Lansbury.

LA Phil presents Kremer & Trifonov in Recital tonight, three performances through the weekend of Music From the Heart: Sibelius & Gorecki, a Sunday evening presentation of Colburn Orchestra with Marriner, and Chamber Music Society with Emanuel Ax on Tuesday at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

REDCAT presents the Los Angeles-based collaborators multimedia production Cloud Eye Control: Half Life with multiple performances this week.

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!

H’Sao in Concert

Here at The Music Center, we present a wide-range of programs, artists and genres of the performing arts.  From our dance programming to our community classes and events, from our educational outreach programs to our resident companies – There’s a little something for every taste and age group.

But this coming Saturday, January 17th, we’re offering up a very special 1 night concert that’s particularly exciting…

H'Sao at The Music CenterH’Sao is a four member musical group from Chad by way of Montreal, whose sound is a harmonious blend of genres that’s at once complicated and sophisticated, but also extremely catchy.  In listening to it, it’s hard NOT to fall a little bit in love with this band.

Whether it is labeled Afro-fusion or Afro-jazz, H’Sao is defined by the strength of its voices and impressive a cappella harmonies. Brothers Caleb (guitar), Mossbass (bass), and Izra (keyboard), alongside childhood friend Dono (drums) have stayed true to their roots and draw from gospel, soul, R&B, reggae and Chadian music to deliver an unforgettable performance (one you don’t want to miss!)

H'Sao Performing

Get into the groove by listening to their latest album ORIA, then snag a pair of tickets to see them in our Stern Grand Hall this Saturday night!  It’s going to be a straight up party, with cash bars, a pre and post show set with DJ Rani de Leon, and a CD signing session with the band.

See you there!

New Year | New Events

Glenn Allen Sims. Alvin Ailey Dance Theater -  Photo by Andrew Eccles

Glenn Allen Sims. Alvin Ailey Dance Theater – Photo by Andrew Eccles

Now that it’s 2015, we’re looking at our calendar and can hardly wait for all the upcoming shows and events in the works.  But just to narrow things down a bit, here are 5 Events for 2015 that our on our can’t miss list!

#1.  Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

America’s most popular dance company returns to LA in April with 3 amazing programs filled to the brim with the hottest premieres as well as returning favorites like Mr. Ailey’s beloved Revelations.  Get Tickets!

#2.  H’Sao

Political refugees based in Montreal, by way of Chad, bring their sweet harmonies and songs of freedom to The Music Center’s Stern Grand Hall (in the Chandler Pavilion) for 1 night only on January 17th.  Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with this amazing group, followed by a set with DJ Rani De Leon and artist CD signing.  Get Tickets!

#3.  Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg

They are one of the most requested dance companies in the world, and we are so thrilled that Eifman Ballet returns to The Music Center in June with Boris Eifman’s latest signature piece – Rodin.  Based on the life of sculptor Auguste Rodin and his muse Camille Claudel, this full-length work explores the tragic nature of genius through innovative choreography and theater that’s sure to leave an impression.  Get Tickets!

Eifman Ballet's Rodin - Photo by Gene Schiavone

Eifman Ballet’s Rodin – Photo by Gene Schiavone

#4.  Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Internationally recognized as “the finest Balinese gamelan ensemble outside of Indonesia,” this 25 member troupe will bring Balinese traditional music and dance to our World City stage on February 22nd, with two free performances in the Keck Amphitheater behind Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Learn more!

Gamelan Sekar Jaya - Photo by Nina Herlina

Gamelan Sekar Jaya – Photo by Nina Herlina

#5.  A Taste of Dance

Literally this event gives anyone and everyone the chance to learn a variety of dance styles, choreography, and skills for just a dollar a lesson.  Join us on March 21st for a day of learning all kinds of dance and getting into the groove with friends and amazing local teachers (it’s always a great work out too!)

A Taste of Dance - Photo by Danielle Klebanow

A Taste of Dance – Photo by Danielle Klebanow

Bringing the World to our City…

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For the past eleven years, The Music Center has been bringing world music, dance and culture to Los Angeles through World City – A series of free concerts and events connecting world-class artists and their traditions with the many diverse communities of our own global city.  The shows take place on select Saturdays throughout the year, in the W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheater  behind Walt Disney Concert Hall, and are always supplemented with a hands-on art project in the adjacent Blue Ribbon Garden that’s perfect for kids (and their adults!)

The photos above are from our most recent shows with Mongolian dancers Khukh Tenger & Tuvan throat-singers Huun-Huur Tu.  (Pretty amazing stuff!)

But World City is more than just world artists and music, it’s an incredible snapshot into different ways of life, different cultures, and captivating stories from around the globe.  Regardless of the style, or where the artists hail from, the shows never fail to delight!  And, much in a “It’s a Small World” kind of way, but with waaay better music, World City achieves a sense of inter-connectivity by demonstrating how the performing arts can transcend cultures and geographic boundaries with entertaining ease.

There’s only one more World City of the season (and it celebrates the history of our own American west)  so mark your calendars for May 17th to see  Daughters of the Purple Sage and genuine cowboy Wylie Gustafson.


All photos by Danielle Klebanow