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March 17, 2009 | Diane Haithman
In one of the largest such gifts ever to the Music Center or any of its resident companies, Los Angeles philanthropist Glorya Kaufman is donating $20 million to the Dance at the Music Center program. The donation, to be announced today, surpasses all but a handful of contributions to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Center Theatre Group or the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
April 16, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Announcing that rapper Jay Z's popular Made in America music festival is coming to downtown, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that the event will "shine a spotlight" on Grand Park, the city's up-and-coming Civic Center gathering spot. But what was billed as a coup for a reemerging Central City is also prompting debate about the idea and future of a refurbished and increasingly lively public venue that cascades from the edge of the Music Center to the steps of City Hall. The open space, expanded to 12 acres and relaunched in 2012, hosted free Fourth of July fireworks and a New Year's Eve party, events that each drew tens of thousands of visitors.
April 24, 2013 | By David Ng
The Music Center announced on Wednesday that its board has elected Lisa Specht to become the new chair, succeeding Kent Kresa who took on the post in 2011. Specht is expected to assume the role immediately. Specht is a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and has served as chair of the L.A. Memorial Coliseum Commission. She joined the Music Center board in 2007 and most recently served as vice chair. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times A spokeswoman for the Music Center said that Kresa is stepping down because he is moving with his family to Oregon.
March 14, 2014 | By Joseph Carman
NEW YORK - In "Banquet of Vultures," veteran Paul Taylor Dance Company member Michael Trusnovec, dressed in a crisp black suit with a red power tie, yanks his bent knee toward his ear, conjuring up a bird of prey as he steps shrewdly through a mass of bodies. As he unfolds his talon-like hands, he evokes both a predator and a profiteer. Hands on hips, elbows splayed wide, he thrusts his leg back and swivels around a woman holding a candle, then tosses her overhead and onto the floor.
September 24, 1990 | DANIEL CARIAGA
One of the most cherishable memories in one Brahmsian's chest is of a performance, heard in Pasadena in September, 1982, of the Second Symphony. The orchestra was the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the conductor, Bernard Haitink, the reading definitive and exquisite. Brahms of another sort emerged in the performance of the Fourth Symphony given by Riccardo Chailly and the same orchestra, Saturday night in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center.
December 29, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
"There's no there there" is how Gertrude Stein famously summed up and put down Oakland, her old hometown. For the Music Center, which manages much of the prime cultural real estate in downtown Los Angeles, the problem has long been the opposite: There's too much "there" there. To the public, by and large, the glamorous hilltop place known as the Music Center overshadows the identically named but ill-defined organization that's been in charge of venue logistics since it opened as the city's performing arts hub 48 years ago. The glory at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre and REDCAT accrues mainly to the impresarios who put on the shows.
April 11, 2013 | By David Ng
The new 2013-14 season of Dance at the Music Center will feature works by choreographers Matthew Bourne, Ethan Stiefel and Alexei Ratmansky. The season, which the Music Center announced this week, will also include return appearances by Ballet Preljocaj and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. The dance series -- whose full title is Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center -- will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, unless otherwise noted. As previously announced, Nederlands Dans Theater will present "Chamber" (Oct.
May 22, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
The financial well-being of nonprofit arts organizations typically depends on ticket-buying fans and check-writing philanthropists, but the Music Center is trying to bring complete strangers into the mix - including some who might never set foot on Bunker Hill, or for that matter, the West Coast. Its first-ever online auction is going on right now, with 36 items up for bid. They range from what you might expect - living it up at the Los Angeles Opera's opening night gala on Sept.
December 7, 2012 | By David Ng
Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" will turn 100 next year. To celebrate the occasion, music groups around the world will hold festivals and special performances in honor of the piece's tumultuous 1913 premiere in Paris. In Los Angeles, the Music Center downtown will hold a "Rite of Spring" festival that will include performances and other events all tied to Stravinsky's masterpiece. The festival, titled "L.A.'s Rite: Stravinsky, Innovation, and Dance," will unfold over several months beginning in February.
July 12, 2013 | By Lewis Segal
Sometimes an ambitious failure can be more interesting than the same artist's easy successes. Consider “Chamber Symphony,” the centerpiece of the three-part bill that opened the engagement by American Ballet Theatre at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday. Choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky -- best known for slick, empty remakes of solid-gold titles -- it attempted to harness the intense melancholy of a score by Dmitri Shostakovich (arranged by Rudolph Barshai) and impose on it a complex pseudo-narrative agenda.
January 1, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Samantha Schaefer
Los Angeles' inaugural push to stage a New Year's Eve bash rivaling those in other major cities became so crowded that organizers shut down the gates before midnight, leaving thousands to watch the show from side streets. An estimated 25,000 revelers jammed into Grand Park in downtown to hear DJs spin electronic beats, to browse art installations and to pose for photographs in front of brightly-lit fountains, said Howard Sherman, chief operating officer of the Music Center, which helped organize the event.
November 30, 2013
Re "Gehry's Grand vision," Nov. 25 Finally, finally, perhaps the most interesting piece of undeveloped corner real estate in Los Angeles has a worthy project proposed. It took guts on L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina's part to stand up and demand something better for the site, fighting all the pressure to get a lesser project built. Bunker Hill, where I live, is a jewel in downtown, a hill of public art, museums, overhead pedways (walkways) and green spaces, all there because the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency made it a "planned" area of development.
November 11, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
No one should be surprised that the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which began its inaugural season Friday night with an appearance by the Martha Graham Dance Company, is a high-end venue. It's in Beverly Hills. A pop-up Salvatore Ferragamo store is its first attraction, just in case you find that your shoes suddenly feel out of fashion for the promenade from the entrance in the historic post office and past impressive donated contemporary art to the new Bram Goldsmith Theater.
October 13, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
There is an anecdote about Einstein from when he taught at Caltech in the early 1930s. One day, pianist and Beethoven specialist Artur Schnabel came to visit the famed physicist, who was an avid amateur violinist, and they read through a Beethoven violin sonata. It didn't go well. Fumbling a tricky rhythm, Einstein got lost, and Schnabel exclaimed in frustration, "Albert, you can't count!" I have no idea how true this is (there are variants of the story), but what matters is that 80 years later, Einstein counted at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and it was a momentous event.
October 12, 2013 | By Susan Reiter
For more than two decades, the Nederlands Dans Theater's international profile was defined by longtime artistic director Jiri Kylian. Since Kylian stepped down, the company has begun to show the world the face it always presented at home in the Hague: that of a consistently creative troupe with a repertory showcasing a variety of choreographers, many of them current or former company members. All three works on Nederlands Dans' program at the Music Center from Oct. 18-20 fit that description.
October 4, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic
As of Friday morning, even as the larger redevelopment project on Bunker Hill faces fresh uncertainty , downtown L.A.'s Grand Park has a new feather in its cap: a place on the American Planning Assn.'s 2013 list of Great Public Spaces in America. The APA praised the park, which opened in July last year, for moving “an aspirational vision of a civic and cultural center for downtown Los Angeles” closer to reality. “Grand Park not only is one of Los Angeles's most popular places for daily exercises, lunch breaks, and family activities,” the group said, “it also is a hub for surrounding communities of historic Chinatown, Little Tokyo, El Pueblo, and the Old Bank district.” RELATED: A tour of L.A. boulevards | Christopher Hawthorne Grand Park , designed by the Los Angeles firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios, replaced a tired and rather anonymous county park wedged on a hill between the Music Center and City Hall.
November 12, 2008 | Diane Haithman
The latest economy-related casualty in the arts: The planned June 26-28 performances of the Nederlands Dans Theater I, part of the ongoing Music Center dance season at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, have been canceled. There will be no replacement. Josephine Ramirez, the Music Center's vice president of programming and planning, said that there was reduced donor giving, a decline in investment revenue and a shortfall in ticket sales for the dance series' most recent engagement, Miami City Ballet, Oct. 24-26.
January 13, 1989 | Marylouise Oates
The music will be on tap at the home of Ginny and Henry Mancini tonight. No dancing--but, if there were, it would be the Music Center two-step. This is the first, albeit informal, get-together of the International Council of the Music Center--one of the innovative and long-term developments that are part of the performing arts center.
September 20, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
Ismael Tenorio, 31, has seated thousands of concert-goers, taken hundreds of tickets and been asked innumerable questions in 10 years as an usher and later a head usher at the Music Center. That means working at all the Music Center venues, but he's mostly on the job at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Highland Park resident, who moved to the United States from Oaxaca, Mexico, at age 6, sought the job to earn money for gas and Christmas presents. At what point did you decide to become an usher?
September 19, 2013 | By Sherry Stern
Call it luck or coincidence -- some of Broadway's top performers happen to be hitting Los Angeles and Orange County stages in the coming weeks. That's four performers with 10 Tony Awards among them and more nominations than we can count. It's enough to make a theater lover take out a second mortgage. This week Mandy Patinkin brings his show "Dress Casual," with Paul Ford on piano, to Cerritos. Known best these days as savvy Saul Berenson in the Showtime series "Homeland," Patinkin is a Tony winner who tells stories with words and song in his concert show.
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