Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

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The Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 South Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles, California, is the fourth hall of the Los Angeles Music Center and was designed by Frank Gehry. It was opened on October 24, 2003. Bounded by Hope Street, Grand Avenue, and 1st and 2nd Streets, it seats 2,265 people and serves, among other purposes, as the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The hall is a compromise between a vineyard-style seating configuration, like the Berliner Philharmonie by Hans Scharoun, and a classical shoebox design like the Vienna Musikverein or the Boston Symphony Hall.
Lillian Disney made an initial gift of $50 million in 1987 to build a performance venue as a gift to the people of Los Angeles and a tribute to Walt Disney's devotion to the arts and to the city. Both Gehry's architecture and the acoustics of the concert hall, designed by Minoru Nagata, the final completion supervised by Nagata's assistant and protege Yasuhisa Toyota, have been praised, in contrast to its predecessor, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
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  • Interesting building inside and out - sweeping curves of metal on the exterior makes for a striking aesthetic. Worth a visit and the self guided tour was informative. Shame the main hall was closed... 
    Interesting building inside and out - sweeping curves of metal on the exterior makes for a striking aesthetic. Worth a visit and the self guided tour was informative. Shame the main hall was closed...  more »
  • The Concert Hall is one of a kind, and will thrill you or make you wonder why an awkward and bent tin-can of a building is so famous. 
    The Concert Hall is one of a kind, and will thrill you or make you wonder why an awkward and bent tin-can of a building is so famous.  more »
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  • This is my favorite destination in Los Angeles. The building itself is incredible. One of Frank Gehry's best architectural achievements. The roof top garden and the fountain made from Delft china, are a wonderful spot to get away in the afternoon. Inside you are surrounded by Douglas Fir clad walls. In the auditorium is a pipe organ like no other on the planet. Go to the LA PHIL website for the best ticket prices. There are no bad seats here. Easily accessible by public transportation. In the neighborhood are 2 museums and LA OPERA.
  • Some of the best shows I've ever seen have taken place at Walt Disney Concert Hall. It's worth seeing a show here for the history alone. Be sure to check out the photographs and copious posters that line the walls both upstairs and downstairs. It's amazing to think of all the people who've graced that stage.Other things I love about the Fillmore: free apples, fantastic posters in honour of the shows that sell out, friendly staff, great sound, and an all-ages venue that works. Los Angeles is extremely lucky to be the home of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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