December 7, 2006 |
Sting will make his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut Jan. 11 singing music from his recent release, "Songs From the Labyrinth," a collection of works by Elizabethan lutenist and songwriter John Dowland. Joining Sting in the Los Angeles Philharmonic presentation will be his album partner, lutenist Edin Karamazov, and the American male a cappella Concord Ensemble, a sextet that won the 1998 Early Music America/Dorian Records Competition two years after it was formed at Indiana University.
October 1, 2003 |
PATINA is packing up the china and silver and moving downtown. The restaurant, the elegant flagship of Joachim Splichal's empire and one of the most prominent restaurants in Los Angeles, will soon inhabit a corner spot in the new Disney Concert Hall. But the location is only the most obvious change: Patina's chef, sommelier and some of the cooks are being replaced. And the menu is being revamped too. The decision to move was announced last week, and came as a shock to the staff.
July 8, 1996 |
It's regrettable that architect Frank O. Gehry believes his reputation has suffered because of delays in constructing the imaginative Walt Disney Concert Hall ("Gehry Tries to Rebuild Image After Disney Hall," Part A, May 30).
September 11, 2013
Walt Disney Concert Hall's 10th-anniversary season is fast approaching. The hall's resident orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, begins a season of celebrating with four free community concerts later this month and a red-carpet gala on Sept. 30. The commemorations continue all season, highlighted on Oct. 23 -- the actual anniversary of Disney's opening night -- with the world premiere of Frank Zappa's "200 Motels. " For music lovers, Disney Hall is a place to hear the L.A. Phil, led by Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen or one of countless guest conductors.
November 8, 2012 |
One of the realities of a musician's life is that sometimes he or she must work on a birthday. After performing a demanding program of Mozart, Berg, Liszt and Bartók and then three encores, French pianist Hélène Grimaud was called back to the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage on Wednesday to the strains of "Happy Birthday" sung by the audience. Grimaud, who turned 43, last appeared at Disney Hall in 2007, but an episode of heart arrhythmia forced her to end that recital at intermission.
June 14, 2004 |
It's safe to say that Jason Mraz's acoustic shows this week at the Walt Disney Concert Hall will offer more of a coffeehouse flavor than mosh-pit flailing. Still, the booking and what it represents remind its promoter, Bill Silva, of the time he booked Pearl Jam into a similarly refined hall, the San Diego Civic Theatre. "The band management thought I was insane.... But Eddie [Vedder, the band's singer] came out first thing and said, 'What a gorgeous place. Let's all respect it.'
January 24, 2004 |
Berlioz is not a composer for whom love at first hearing is a common phenomenon. At first, he sounds aimless, maybe ignorant -- wrong notes, misleading harmonies, clumsy melodies and oafish orchestrations. Gradually, though, his music starts affecting you in funny ways. Melodies lodge in your head. A curious instrumental effect becomes something you seek out over and over because you can't believe your ears.
July 1, 2003 |
The polished steel exterior of the Walt Disney Concert Hall is already familiar. Inside, the paint is dry, and few hard hats are in evidence. But one lingering question has been the most important: How will it sound? On Monday morning, that question was finally, if not conclusively, answered when the Los Angeles Philharmonic had its first rehearsal in what will become its home in October.
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.
November 12, 2013 |
On the weeks when the Los Angeles Philharmonic puts on a Casual Fridays concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall, it leaves something out of the full program, usually the first work, so the concert can proceed without intermission. Last Friday, Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" got the ax, probably without much regret. The chestnut might have seemed too much like kids' stuff when targeting an audience of young urban professionals. So the bill was guest conductor Bramwell Tovey's own trumpet concerto, "Songs of the Paradise Saloon," inspired by, no kidding, a mass murderer - followed by Shostakovich's blockbusting Fifth Symphony.