Music Center, Los Angeles
The Music Center, situated on the summit of Bunker Hill, was built from sandstone in the years 1964-67, and is similar in many ways to the Lincoln Center in New York, dating from about the same period. At the time, the total cost of the three buildings amounted to 34 million dollars, half of which came from public collections made by Mrs Dorothy Chandler, the mother of the publisher of the "Los Angeles Times". A plaza links the three buildings which, were it not for the giant sculpture by Jacques Lipchitz, would have a somewhat desolate appearance.
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Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, and The Kirk Douglas Theatre
The Center Theatre Group has three stages; the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Pater Forum, and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Together these three theatres present a broad range of high quality productions of the classics and hit Broadway plays and musicals.The Taper has developed an impressive number of Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, including "Children of a Lesser God," "The Shadow Box," "The Kentucky Cycle" and "Angels in America," and has earned a number of distinguished honors including a Tony Award® for Theatrical Excellence. The Mark Taper Forum has recently undergone renovations.The Kirk Douglas Theatre, which CTG transformed from an historic 1940s Streamlined Moderne-style movie house into an intimate live theatre venue, was named for the theatre's initial major donor, Kirk Douglas. The theatre opened in October 2004 and during that first season six world premieres were presented including Jon Robin Baitz's "The Paris Letter," Charles L. Mee's "A Perfect Wedding," and Nancy Keystone's "Apollo Part 1: Lebensraum."
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
In the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion concerts (Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra), operas (Los Angeles Music Center Opera) as well as musicals and solo performances take place. The 3,200 seats are filled almost every evening. The opera company, performances by which are held in the months of October, December, February, April and May, has a modern repertoire by American standards: in the 1988/1989 season, for example, the company performed "Tales of Hoffmann" and "Orpheus in the Underworld", both by Offenbach, Janàcek's "Katja Kabanowa", Rossini's "Tancredi", Verdi's "Othello" and "Salome" by Richard Strauss. The Joffrey Ballet also appears here, mainly in the spring.The pavilion was named for Dorothy Chandler who raised $20 million in private donations for the original site.
Four musicals and stage plays are presented each season in the Ahmanson Theater, as well as guest performances by the New Yorker Broadway Theater, and also some of their own productions by the Center Theater Group (2,100 seats).
Walt Disney Concert Hall
The Walt Disney Music Hall was built in accordance with plans drawn up by the Californian architect Frank Gehry. It is the permanent home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and is used exclusively for concerts given by it and other orchestras.
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