November 25, 2013 |
On Sunday night in Los Angeles, two competing entertainments occupied downtown concert spaces to offer musical variety. At the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live before a few thousand people and a few million TV viewers, the American Music Awards beamed high-tech pop to the masses, wide-open digital glitz packaged for those invested in the ephemeral. A dozen blocks north at Walt Disney Concert Hall in a stately space with strict rules against smartphone usage, Beck Hansen's "Song Reader" celebration offered similar star power in a more enclosed setting, one that honored both the permanence of printed matter and the open-sourced bliss of on-the-fly musical interpretation.
December 17, 2010 |
Wearing a magnificent crown on his head and a pouty scowl on his face, David Prather stomps about the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage as he plays the not-so-merry monarch in A.A. Milne's "King John's Christmas. " Later, looking cozy in an old-fashioned nightshirt and cap, he utters those magical words " 'Twas the night before Christmas" and recites another, happier, holiday poem. Finally, decked out in Victorian finery, Prather leads the capacity crowd of 2,200-plus in rising, singing, sitting and rising again during what he calls the "world's largest pop-up book version of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas.
September 4, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See note below. Already a Los Angeles landmark, Walt Disney Concert Hall turns 10 this fall. Celebrations on Grand Avenue will be populist and bold, including a Los Angeles Philharmonic gala on Sept. 30 with video projections inside Frank Gehry's curvaceous structure and a free concert on Sept. 29 that will be simulcast on a giant video screen in Grand Park. We can expect that singing a concert hall's praises will provide a voluble component to the L.A. soundtrack for the next couple of months.
October 18, 2009 |
Disney music at Disney Hall? Some might say: What took so long? On Tuesday night, Walt Disney Concert Hall will host "The Disney Symphonic Legacy," the first time a program of all-Disney music has been offered since the venue opened in 2003. And it will mark the Disney Hall debut of longtime Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conductor John Mauceri. The concert will draw from more than 70 years of orchestral music written for Disney-produced movies, from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937)
October 19, 2013 |
At Wednesday's 10th birthday party for Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform the world premiere of Frank Zappa's "200 Motels. " It's made up of 13 orchestral suites by the late L.A. rock star and composer, only parts of which surfaced in his 1971 "200 Motels" feature film and double-LP soundtrack album. Zappa, who died 20 years ago of cancer just short of 53, devoted much of his creative energy to humorous scoffing at most aspects of the human condition.
October 30, 2003
For weeks, Gehry, Salonen, Broad, Borda, Molina, et al., have been touting the Disney Hall as a gift for all the people -- an egalitarian, non-elitist venue for the use and enjoyment of everyone in L.A. The insincerity and hollowness of those statements was brought to the fore by the reporting in the cover story for Calendar (Oct. 23) that, except for a brief one-month grace period, anyone wishing to tour the complex would have to pay. I recognize that having people traipse in and out may cause some wear and tear, but that hasn't stopped the Symphonians from offering free tours of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for years.
August 16, 2000
Cranes began installing the structural steel framework last week marking the first major signs of progress on the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Performing Arts Center's new home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Designed by architect Frank O. Gehry, the sculptural building appears destined to become a downtown cultural landmark and an international symbol of the city. Disney Hall almost didn't happen. The journey began 13 years ago with a $50-million donation by Disney's widow, Lillian.
March 28, 2004 |
Nine hundred students will have a chance to sing in Walt Disney Concert Hall on April 23 when, for the first time, the Los Angeles Master Chorale hosts its annual high school festival there. The students will represent 23 Southland schools from Fullerton to Thousand Oaks. Plans call for the festival, in its 15th year, to start at 9 a.m. with Master Chorale Music Director Grant Gershon leading a general rehearsal. The event is to culminate in a 1 p.m.
March 8, 2012
Performing in a trio that includes violist Eyvind Kang and drummer Rudy Royston, Bill Frisell opens a night of eclectic modern jazz with his signature guitar sound, which can alternately sting or soothe in a gorgeous and unique mix of rustic Americana and slow-boiling jazz. He joins the chamber-informed explorations of the Billy Childs Quartet and the Kronos Quartet, who will perform separately before combining on one of Childs' pieces for what should be a captivating blur between whatever lines separate jazz and classical music.
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April 7, 2014 |
The 5.1 La Habra earthquake on March 28 caused more than $2 million in damage in Orange County. But in Los Angeles, away from the worst shaking, many shrugged it off. The Freeway Series at Dodger Stadium was uninterrupted. Movie theaters kept showing films. And an audio recording from the Los Angeles Philharmonic shows the orchestra rolled with the quake rolling. The orchestra was playing Ravel's "Daphnis and Chloe" when the quake struck. The recording captures the audience gasping at the shaking.