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Music Center 50th Anniversary Spectacular & Gala Dinner

The Music Center 50th Anniversary Spectacular & Gala Dinner

09/16/2014

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The Music Center was originally dedicated on Sept. 27, 1964. Beginning in October 2014, The Music Center kicks off a celebration 50 years in the making. The highlight of the festivities is The Music Center 50th Anniversary Spectacular, an on-stage extravaganza taking place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at the iconic venue where it all began, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. This star-studded 90-minute show will honor The Music Center and highlight the accomplishments of the past 50 years with special performances and tributes that include:

  • Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and the LA Phil team up for the presentation of a new work choreographed by Justin Peck and commissioned by The Music Center. Performed live by LA Dance Project to music presented in a simulcast performance by the LA Phil conducted by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, this world premiere performance will unite both Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in celebration.
  • Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham will perform an aria as part of a special tribute to the LA Opera, introduced by actor Christoph Waltz, and including a video tribute from LA Opera Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, Plácido Domingo.
  • Los Angeles Master Chorale Artistic Director Grant Gershon will conduct signature works performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale as well as a unique collaborative performance of the banquet scene from Nixon in China with LA Opera.
  • Highlights of musical theatre and drama produced by Center Theatre Group will fill the stage with song, dance and dramatic surprises.
  • A special tribute to the 25 years that the Academy Awards were held on the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and much more.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime stage show, honoring a half-century of extraordinary artistic accomplishments and contributions with unforgettable, unprecedented performances and special collaborations.

Following the performance, The Music Center’s most generous donors are invited to a black tie 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner in a massive 120’x230’ tent on The Music Center Plaza, featuring a three-course meal prepared by Joachim Splichal’s Patina Catering. Guests of the glamorous gala celebration will be treated to more anniversary spectacle with a special surprise performance and dancing.

The Greatest Moments in STAPLES Center History

03/26/2014

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Since its opening, STAPLES Center has been the site of Lakers and Sparks championships, the Kings Stanley Cup, and thousands of memorable concerts and special events. Read on for some of the greatest moments in STAPLES Center history.

Greek Theatre 2014 Season

03/10/2014

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Local heroes Los Lobos return to the Greek on May 3 with the third annual Cinco de Mayo Festival, featuring special guests Ozomatli, Mariachi el Bronx and more. On May 8, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne leads an all-star tribute to Nigerian funk musician William Onyeabor, featuring members of LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Bloc Party and more. May 24 offers a night of legends at Up in Smoke 2014, featuring WAR, Cheech & Chong, and the Family Stone.

Hollywood Bowl 2014 Season

02/04/2014

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TU1: July 8, 22 | Aug. 5, 19 | Sep. 2
The first Tuesday series for 2014 features conductors such as Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, the ever-witty Bramwell Tovey and the vivacious Nicholas McGegan, as well as soloists Joshua Bell and Jean Yves-Thibaudet.

TU2: July 15, 29 | Aug. 12, 26 | Sep. 9
This Tuesday series begins with a rare Bowl appearance by Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen, who is joined by virtuoso pianist Yefim Bronfman. Other programs feature Dudamel and eminent American conductor Leonard Slatkin.

TH1: July 10, 24 | Aug. 7, 21 | Sep. 4
Bramwell Tovey kicks off Thursdays in 2014, followed by more crowd-pleasers such as Gustavo Dudamel and Renaud and Gautier Capuçon.

TH2: July 17, 31 | Aug. 14, 28 | Sep. 11
Esa-Pekka Salonen kicks off the second Thursday series, which also features Dudamel and the incomparable cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who joins conductor Leonard Slatkin for a very special evening.

Whisky a Go Go 50th Anniversary

01/15/2014

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The world-famous Whisky a Go Go opened on Jan. 15, 1964 with a concert by Johnny Rivers. Read on for ten music acts that helped make the Whisky a Go Go a music mecca.

100 Free Things to Do in Los Angeles: Free Summer Concerts

10/12/2012

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In Los Angeles, summer means that free outdoor concerts are in full force, beckoning visitors to get outside and enjoy LA’s thriving music scene. From blowout shows to Sunday afternoons in the park, the following free events in Los Angeles will keep you tapping your feet. So get out there, enjoy the weather and tune into the music.