As the $274-million crown jewel of the LA Music Center, Disney Hall opened in 2003 to rave reviews. The novelty hasn't yet worn off: both inside and out, this is a terrific venue. Designed by Frank Gehry, the hall features a 2,265-capacity auditorium with an open platform stage. Chief acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota combined the best aspects of orchestral halls in Tokyo, Berlin, Amsterdam and Boston in a bid to provide aural warmth and clarity; the result of his endeavors is a virtually perfect acoustic that works almost as well for amplified events as for orchestral performances. The hall is the home of the LA Philharmonic and the LA Master Chorale, but the schedule is surprisingly varied throughout the year. The complex also includes the 250-seat Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre, a gallery and a roof garden. For tours of the building, call 213-972-4399, or see online for a schedule.
|Venue name:||Walt Disney Concert Hall|
111 S Grand Ave
|Opening hours:||Box office noon-6pm Tue-Sun|
|Price:||Tickets $25-$175; parking $9|
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Los Angeles has a lot of things to be proud of, but having a world-renowned architectural masterpiece by none other than Frank Gehry should be at the top of the list. It's a stunning building that sits atop Bunker Hill and is a must-see!
What's there not to like about Walt Disney Concert Hall? You can grab a drink and some food in the cafeteria before the show, take a stroll in the gardens during intermission and the auditorium itself is absolutely beautiful. One tip I have if you want to go but are on a budget: look for a seat behind the orchestra. You hear the same quality of music and get to watch the conductor's face and the seats are usually cheaper.
WDCH hosts some amazing shows, and I've been lucky enough to see the likes of Fiona Apple, Arlo Guthrie and more inside its walls. But what I really love about this building are the walls themselves. It's one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, and walking around its exterior, getting lost in its outside corridors and stumbling upon its hidden Blue Ribbon Garden are lovely ways to pass a free hour Downtown. You'll most definitely see photo shoots happening here (professional or otherwise), and would be wise to snap a few shots of your own.
Book parking in advance to guarantee a spot for your show! http://www.parkme.com/los-angeles-parking/walt-disney-concert-hall