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.
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.
March 25, 2013 |
Yuja Wang is a wonder. Having proved a sensation as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at both Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, the 26-year-old Chinese pianist finally made her recital debut at Disney on Sunday night. Again a sensation, she displayed degrees of speed, agility and strength that may have been in violation of gravity's laws. Nor did Wang shy from her notable high style. She wore nearly identical tube-tight dresses - black for Scriabin, bright red for Rachmaninoff - as though a Bond girl who was also Houdini and Horowitz rolled into one, in her demonstration of startling dexterity despite physical restraints.
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.
January 11, 2013 |
One must remember that it was the stereo LP that finally catapulted Holst's “The Planets” into international orbit in the 1950s and '60s because recordings could accommodate its crunching cataclysms and quiet, cool mysticism with equal ease and difficult balance problems could be solved with the turn of a dial. The Los Angeles Philharmonic participated in two recordings that helped sell the piece -- one a highly idiosyncratic version with Leopold Stokowski, and the other a famous Zubin Mehta sonic spectacular whose jackets bore the sticker “The Ultimate Trip.” Yet those who love “The Planets” ought to hear it in a really good acoustical space like Walt Disney Concert Hall, where Russian conductor Vassily Sinaisky and the Philharmonic went at it Thursday night (continuing through Saturday)
May 8, 2013 |
Let me get this straight. Two weeks ago in Santa Barbara violinist Jennifer Koh went from Bach to way beyond at Hahn Hall. Then Hilary Hahn at Walt Disney Concert Hall went from Bach to way beyond Tuesday night. Both virtuoso American violinists, who are in their early or mid-30s, bring real depth to Bach but are now spreading their wings extraordinarily. They are, moreover, part of what is surely a remarkable new golden age of violinists in their 30s - Leila Josefowicz and Janine Jansen are also in the picture.
September 20, 2013 |
For a few foolish moments in the feverish run-up to the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall 10 years ago, cynical wags nicknamed the new venue Mouse House. Tomorrowland would have been more like it. The Los Angeles Philharmonic has enjoyed the most remarkable decade of its nearly 100-year history. In Yasuhisa Toyota's transparent acoustical design for Disney Hall, there is nowhere to hide. The surround-sound auditorium favors democracy over exclusive accommodations, since listeners sit in direct contact with the musicians and with one another.
May 21, 2012 |
Los Angeles Opera can stop worrying right now. The Los Angeles Philharmonic's new production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni," which had its first of four performances Friday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, is certainly getting all the attention at the moment and for all the obvious and all the right reasons. The hall's architect, Frank Gehry, has designed stunning sets. The fashion world, long enamored of Disney, is involved, with powerfully theatrical costumes from Rodarte and hairstyles by Odile Gilbert.
January 17, 2004
Regarding Randy Lewis' question, is there room at Disney Hall for pop music? ("Popular, But Will It Fit In?" Jan. 13): From the Greek Theatre to the Kodak Theatre to the Universal Amphitheatre, from the Pantages Theatre to Staples Center to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, just to name a few, there are more than enough venues of all sizes to accommodate popular music. The Los Angeles Philharmonic finally has its own long-awaited home at Disney Hall, which is as close to acoustic perfection as anyone who enjoys music composed for the symphony orchestra has the right to expect.