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.
October 3, 2004
Variously described as looking like pickup sticks or French fries, Disney Hall's unorthodox $3-million pipe organ is the centerpiece of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's season-opening concerts this weekend. While the four-tiered organ looked finished when the hall opened a year ago, the unveiling was scheduled for this season because all 6,134 pipes had to be hand-tuned and -voiced to suit the acoustics of the auditorium.
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.
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 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 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.