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Monday, August 1

LA Times Ideas Exchange with Frank Gehry and Christopher Hawthorne

The Music Center

135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

7:30pm

Join Frank Gehry for a conversation on contemporary architecture and the future of Los Angeles held inside one of his most acclaimed projects. Gehry will join Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne to discuss his work in his adopted hometown of Los Angeles, where he's lived for nearly 70 years. The conversation will touch on the design of Walt Disney Concert Hall, the prospects for further development on Bunker Hill and Gehry's new master plan for all 51 miles of the Los Angeles River.

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Tuesday, August 2

CHAMBER MUSIC: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ELIZABETH SPRAGUE COOLIDGE

The Music Center

135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

10:00am

In 1925 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge (1864–1953) established the Coolidge Foundation at the Library of Congress, an unprecedented gift that ensured her support for contemporary music would continue for many generations. An accomplished pianist and avid composer, Coolidge’s passion was chamber music. In pursuit of her vision to make chamber music available to all, she built at the Library of Congress an intimate, finely-tuned auditorium that bears her name. For the last ninety years, world-class artists have appeared on its stage in free public concerts, many of which are broadcast on radio and, today, online. During her lifetime, Coolidge sponsored concerts across the United States and abroad, befriending countless performers and composers along the way. She became a generous benefactor to many and commissioned some of the most important new chamber music of the twentieth century. But her interest in contemporary music went beyond personal taste. She regarded music as an artistic expression of its time and culture. Coolidge said, “My plan for modern music is not that we should like it, not necessarily that we should even understand it, but that we should exhibit it as a significant human document.” Featuring selections from her personal papers and original music manuscripts commissioned by the Coolidge Foundation, this exhibit pays tribute to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge’s remarkable life and legacy.

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Grey Gardens

The Music Center

135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

8:00pm

Broadway's daring musical sensation Grey Gardens arrives at the Ahmanson Theatre starring Rachel York (Broadway's City of Angels, Anything Goes at the Ahmanson) and the legendary Betty Buckley (Tony Award®-winning Grizabella in Cats, Olivier-nominated Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard). Based on the cult classic documentary, this haunting and often hilarious musical recounts Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' most eccentric relatives' fall from society darlings to notorious recluses in their crumbling East Hampton estate. Grey Gardens was hailed as Time magazine’s number one show of the year and garnered 10 Tony Award nominations. This mesmerizing musical comedy, directed by Michael Wilson. 

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Friday, August 5

LAKMA: "THE SPIRIT OF KOREA"

The Music Center

135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

8:00pm

The Los Angeles Korean-American Musicians’ Association (LAKMA) is a nonprofit organization that has been established since 2012. LAKMA’s mission statement is, “We help people through music!”

This concert will represent “The Spirit of Korea.”

Yoon Hak Won Choral will come from Korea and to collaborate with the LAKMA chamber choir.                                        

They will perform the great Korean choral music, “Succession” and “Menari”.

The “Succession” was performed by LA Master choral at 2015, Disney concert hall and the composer, Nackkum Paik, is an extremely talented Korean- American composer.

“Succession” uses the biblical story about Elijah the Prophet as a parable to highlight the experiences of the Korean-American immigrants in America.

Through this concert, we hope to display the Korean-Americans’ identity and show other ethnic communities of Korean’s great music culture.

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Sunday, August 7

California Philharmonic: Center Stage

The Music Center

135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

2:00pm

Whether it’s a Broadway show, an operatic masterpiece or the stage of a grand celebration, music takes pride of place in bringing great stories to life. Whenever there are footlights and actors you can be sure music is also there, providing dynamic sweep and power to epic stories like Gershwin’s Porgy And Bess, Bizet’s Carmen, Saint-Saëns’ Samson And Delilah, Verdi’s Aida and Il Trovatore or a great battle between the armies of Russia and France as depicted in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. 

Maestro Vener and Cal Phil have assembled a team of amazing vocalists to bring these legendary tales to life. Mezzo soprano Audrey Babcock has taken the opera world by storm with her fierce Carmen, soprano Delicia Malkia Smith has performed with the likes of Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones and bass-baritone Cedric Berry is not only a Cal Phil Favorite, but a Resident Artist with the Los Angeles Opera. And to ensure a cast of thousands (hundreds, actually), the Cal Phil Chorale joins us for their second appearance with the orchestra this summer.

Get the inside scoop! Talks with the Maestro is your chance to find out interesting facts about the afternoon’s program, music in general and to ask the Maestro those musical questions you’ve always wanted answered.

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