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).
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1997
If the citizenry of Thousand Oaks is still disturbed about the architecture of the "new" Civic Arts Plaza, I hope they have an opportunity to see architect Frank Gehry's design for Disney Hall (Calendar section, June 24). The flinging towers and sprawling shapes of the Disney Hall to come far outdistance the sprawl and towers of our own Civic Arts Plaza. Architects are swept by the Santa Anas these days. SAMUEL M. ROSEN Newbury Park Ventura County Letters
September 29, 1991
How great to read of the Design of the Walt Disney concert Hall and to have it by one of own, Frank Gehry, is a wonderful recognition. Although known worldwide, we can be proud that the hall is being done by one of our residents. DOROTHY BEFFMAN, Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1997
Architect Frank O. Gehry and leaders behind Walt Disney Concert Hall--planned new home at the Music Center for the Los Angeles Philharmonic--met for 2 1/2 hours Thursday to discuss whether Gehry will continue to be involved with the project. There was no resolution but some progress, according to sources close to the project.
March 12, 2006 |
YOU may well have seen Walt Disney Concert Hall as a background for car commercials and fashion photographs as well as for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Now it's going to be part of an action movie due out in the fall and starring Anthony Hopkins. Directed by Gregory Hoblit, "Fracture" casts Hopkins as a man who tries to shoot his wife and, in a cat-and-mouse game with an assistant D.A. (Ryan Gosling), is set free on a series of technicalities.