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.
February 13, 2014 |
If you missed Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in their Broadway outing last year in "Romeo and Juliet," and you won't be able to catch the upcoming, timed-for-Valentine's-Day broadcasts of the same stage production to cinemas across the nation, here's a third opportunity to catch the comely actors playing Shakespeare's tragic lovers. Bloom and Rashad will join Robert Sean Leonard in a concert with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall that will include selections from Shakespeare plays that inspired Tchaikovsky.
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)
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.
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.
October 1, 2013 |
The event : Monday night's “L.A. Phil Gala,” celebrating Walt Disney Concert Hall's 10 th anniversary and honoring the hall's innovative architect Frank Gehry. The performance: Gustavo Dudamel conducted the L.A. Phil in a varied program, beginning with John Cage's "4'33,” consisting of only the hall's ambient sounds -- in other words, no music -- and ending with “When You Wish Upon a Star” in tribute to the Disney family. Bach, Tchaikovsky, Ades, Mahler and Saint-Saens came in between, with Yo-Yo Ma performing the solos and videos by artist Netia Jones showing the hall's phases of development.
November 26, 2013 |
The influental German electronic group Kraftwerk plans to perform eight of its albums at Walt Disney Concert Hall in spring 2014. The concerts, which will take place over four days, March 18-21, will feature full showcases of the group's classic Teutonic pop albums, including “The Man-Machine,” “Trans-Europe Express,” “Computer World” and “Autobahn.” The quartet, founded in Düsseldorf, West Germany, in 1970 by Florian Schneider and...
September 11, 2013 |
"Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine: Two Kids From Brooklyn," currently ensconced at Walt Disney Concert Hall's Ira Gershwin Gallery through Feb. 23, is a treasure trove of lyric sheets, performance materials, scripts, correspondence, business papers, posters, videos and recordings chronicling the lives and careers of the legendary comic actor and his composer wife. The Disney Hall space, a satellite gallery of the Library of Congress, is open to anyone attending a performance or on a free docent-led tour or a self-guided audio tour of the building.
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.
November 22, 2013 |
Austrian-born conductor Manfred Honeck took over the Pittsburgh Symphony in 2008 following a short-lived experiment with a troika of conductors -- and evidently they like him there, extending his contract through 2020. He has led the Los Angeles Philharmonic before, but not since 2000, so his appearance Thursday night was his debut in Walt Disney Concert Hall. And it was a memorable debut, even an electric one -- in a general-issue all-Dvorák program, of all things. But first, fate dictated a last-minute prologue as Philharmonic President Deborah Borda and a surprise guest, Esa-Pekka Salonen, came onstage to eulogize Diane Disney Miller, who passed away on Tuesday.