Walt Disney Concert Hall
It’s a small world after all, and nothing is more universal than the language of music. As the Walt Disney Concert Hall gears up for its 2012-2013 season, take a look at what the Walt Disney Center has in store.
Renewals, new subscriptions and individual tickets are on sale now for the Opening Night Concert and Gala: The Philharmonic Dances, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Los Angeles Philharmonic will entertain music lovers with selections from Swan Lake, The Chairman Dances and the suite from On the Town. Opening weekend continues with Dudamel conducting Rite of Spring.
Beethoven, Where the Wild Things Are and Rachmoninoff are highlights throughout October at the Concert Hall, while the holiday season takes shape with selections from Bruckner and the Los Angeles Master Chorale singing Holiday Wonders: Festival of Carols. Create your own season by choosing four or more of your favorite programs along with performance dates that fit your schedule. Tickets are on sale for various performances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall throughout year 2013 through June. Selections from Mozart, Strauss and even Bobby McFerrin highlight the 2013 season.
In addition to selling performance tickets, the Concert Hall also places an importance on teaching area youth. Through programs such as Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA), Concerts for Youth, Young Musicians and various youth school programs, the Walt Disney Concert Hall hopes to provide training for the next generation of composers and artists.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was designed by Frank Gehry to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world. In 1987 Lillian Disney made an initial gift of $50 million to build the performance venue. Other donors over time made the total contribution climb to more than $100 million. Construction began in late 1999, with the Music Center launching a capital campaign to complete construction funding. Los Angeles County provided the land and additional funding to finance the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s six-level parking garage.
The Concert Hall boasts stainless steel curves and state-of-the-art acoustics in the hardwood-paneled main auditorium. It sits on 3.6 acres in the heart of Los Angeles. Free self-guided audio tours of Walt Disney Concert Hall are available by calling (323) 850-2000. The tours are narrated by John Lithgow with commentary by the architect Frank Gehry, Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, Acoustician Yashuhisa Toyota, Lillian Disney’s daughter Diane Disney Miller and more.