Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall

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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.

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“I follow architects like some people follow basketball stars—I know their work and their stories. Frank Gehry is one of my favorite architects, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the most amazing works of architecture in the world. It’s fascinating. It looks like somebody grabbed a piece of paper, crumpled it, and threw it out. But inside the concert hall, the acoustics are phenomenal and there are no columns blocking you. Every seat is a good seat. It’s very thoughtfully designed.”
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A molten blend of steel, music and psychedelic architecture, this iconic concert venue is the home base of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, but has also hosted contemporary bands such as Phoenix, and classic jazz musicians such as Sonny Rollins. The 2003 concert hall's visionary architect, Frank Gehry, pulled out all the stops for this building, a gravity-defying sculpture of heaving and billowing stainless steel.
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Here’s Frank Gehry doing what he does best—creating beautifully abstract structures that appear inspired by scrap piles of sheet metal. For this particular job, Gehry goes to town on Walt Disney’s dollar to create a highly functional concert hall for the L.A. Philharmonic (the sound quality here is fabulous) with his signature space-age stamp.
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Don’t let the name confuse you: this isn’t a Mickey Mouse-style themed attraction, but rather a grand, landmark performance venue, home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The eye-catching Frank Gehry-designed exterior is enough to justify a visit – a vision in geometric steel, it’s a distinct contrast to the crumbling old-school architecture that fills much of Downtown. A quick five-minute cab ride from the Hoxton brings you in for a concert. Whatever you book will be a musical feast.
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