Happy Birthday, LA!
There’s no mistaking the iconic stainless steel curves of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by celebrated architect Frank Gehry to resemble mercury sails against the perpetually blue Los Angeles skyline. Nor could anyone overlook Yasuhisa Toyota’s state-of-the-art, 360-degree auditorium which boasts one of the world’s most remarkably intimate psycho-acoustical sounds. But what many have probably forgotten is that this monument was a staggering sixteen years in the making, so is it any wonder Angelenos want to celebrate their beloved musical venue’s 10th birthday this year with some serious pomp?
Starting this October the resident LA Philharmonic are putting on a musical line-up that will have you camping on their doorstep, from crowd-pleasing works by Beethoven, Debussy, Bartók, Tchaikovsky, and Schubert, to the rather more unconventional pieces like Frank Zappa’s surrealistic score for band-on-the-road film 200 Motels (with warnings of bad language and strobe lighting, we’re definitely in for a riotous show). The celebration will finally round off in style with a performance from jazz heavyweight Herbie Hancock in February. And whatever you do, don’t miss the three separate performances this October from revered Hungarian-British pianist András Schiff, playing Bach’s English Suites and Goldberg Variations. Fortissimo!