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 is impossible to see this building and not to think automatically of the Bilbao Guggenheim. Very striking and very contrasting outside with the other buildings of the city
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  • Just view this for, it's worth every second of the trip to the site! Simply fantastic! Spectacular architecture.
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  • Designed by Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall has, along with the Hollywood Sign and the silhouette of City Hall, become a commonly recognized symbol of Los Angeles. Home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, it is one of the world's most acoustically sophisticated concert halls. Whether visiting for a concert or simply for a tour, the building's perimeter should be explored. The Concert Hall's "backyard" has a small outdoor amphitheater, a fountain, a park and various plants all of which compliment the structure. In addition, views of downtown from different perimeter vantage points help make navigating the numerous outside staircases rewarding.
  • So an amazing concert here. Go to see the LA Phil, or anything else. They have some good food and light drinks downstairs before the performance, a little spendy but nice. You can also bring your own stuff and eat downstairs. The concert hall itself is beautiful and has amazing acoustics. Truly know bad seat in the house although I do like sitting in the front facing the concert instead of the sides of the back if they’re open.
  • We were here for a Glen Hansard concert that also featured the LA Phil. What an experience. The building itself is known for its distinctive architecture, and on the inside, the pipe organ is equally weird. The acoustics were fantastic and we have a great time at the concert. One small nit pick: the website mentioned there was valet parking but it was not obvious from the street. Could be more visible.
  • I don't know if words can truly describe this venue, it's one of those places you have to go to experience yourself, and I guarantee you that you'll not walk out disappointed. Its such an intimate venue that you almost feel like you're on stage yourself with the artist performing, the interior looks like a piece of art that you you'll truly appreciate, but this piece of art was created to give you the highest quality acoustics that you can experience. Treat yourself, buy a ticket to this beautiful concert hall and if you get the chance, witness the performance of the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, they'll blow your mind.
  • Such a wonderful Gehry-designed space. The interior details are inspiring. The garden terrace is a calming space during intermission to reflect on the performances. The exterior is grand and always interesting with the changing daylight. The hall itself is an in-the-round stage with a bad seat in the house. A great setting for the LA Phil.

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