Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

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The Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 South Grand Avenue in Downtown of Los Angeles, California, is the fourth hall of the Los Angeles Music Center and was designed by Frank Gehry. It 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 an arena seating configuration, like the Berliner Philharmonie by Hans Sharon, 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. The Frank Gehry-designed building opened on October 24, 2003. 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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  • It's hard to know whether this place is more stunning to the eyes or the ears. So physically beautiful ad the acoustics are divine. GO HERE!  more »
  • The building is visibly from the street and is worth to its architecture the displacement. It detates with the buildings nearby.
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  • Walt Disney Concert Hall is certainly an iconic structure and addition to the inner-city Los Angeles experience. I only had time for a quick walk-around tour, but would have appreciated going on a docent-guided tour of the many levels of the facility. Be sure to speak to a docent/ employee & tell them what you'd like to do (what you have time for) so you can find out where you can go & the easiest ways to get there. Inside & out on a deck or in the garden areas, there is so much there to see & experience in the hall's immersive environment. Free docent-guided tours, or you can pick up a headset for information on a self-guided tour. Definitely worth the time to check-out this place. FYI: In the winter months, the Los Angeles Philharmonic rehearses & plays at this venue, so the very-inner-part of the concert venue is not accessible to the general public for a self-guided walk during those months. In the summer, when the L.A. Phil. plays at the Hollywood Bowl, they give the public a little more open-access inside the Disney facility.
  • The hall itself is beautiful, inside and out. The architecture is clean and fascinating to look at. We came to see Snarky Puppy (an all instrumental group), and they just happened to be accompanied by the Los Angeles Phil Harmonic. Once seated and the concert began the acoustics in the hall were beyond amazing!! The sounds of the music filled the hall like a hot air balloon, transporting the listener to another dimension. If I were a performer, I would be beyond excited to give a performance here! The seating was very comfortable, but a bit close together. If you have a "nervous" neighbor shaking their leg during the event, it can be somewhat annoying. Parking was $9, which is reasonable considering this venue is located in Downtown L.A. The location of the parking structure was fairly convenient. It was about a 5 minute walk from the structure to the concert hall. All in all, the venue and the concert were superb! I'm very much looking forward to the next time we get to see a performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall!
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