The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is one of the halls in the Los Angeles Music Center (which is one of the three largest performing arts centers in the United States). The Music Center's other halls include the Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.The Pavilion has 3,156 seats spread over four tiers, with chandeliers, wide curving stairways and rich décor. The auditorium's sections are the Orchestra (divided in Premiere Orchestra, Center Orchestra, Main Orchestra and Orchestra Ring), Circle (divided in Grand Circle and Founders Circle), Loge (divide in Front Loge and Rear Loge), as well as Balcony (divided in Front Balcony and Rear Balcony).HistoryConstruction started on March 9, 1962, and it was dedicated September 27, 1964. The Pavilion was named for Dorothy Buffum Chandler who “led (the) effort to build a suitable home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and rejuvenate the performing arts in Los Angeles. The result was Mrs. Chandler’s crowning achievement, the Music Center of Los Angeles County. Her tenacious nine-year campaign on behalf of the Music Center produced more than $19 million in private donations” noted Albert Greenstein in 1999. The building was designed by architect Welton Becket. The project was an example of his firm's approach of total design, in which he managed all aspects including design, construction, fixtures, and interior finishes to achieve a coherent whole.In order to receive approval for construction from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Mrs. Chandler promised Kenneth Hahn that the building would be open free for the public for one day a year. The result was the Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration, a Christmas Eve tradition sponsored by the Board of Supervisors. The program is broadcast on KCET-TV and an edited version of the prior year's show is syndicated to public television stations via PBS.Use our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker site to visit Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on your trip to Los Angeles, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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The Light in the Piazza is a wonderful opera with an outstanding cast and interesting set decoration. The music from the orchestra is just lovely. The auditorium is beautiful as well as the entrance i... more »
We attended a performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on a Saturday night. A drive of nearly two hours up the 405Freeway. For those of you in Orange and LA County, you know exactly what this is. ... more »
This place is really fun! Steal a table where you can and enjoy the show. The pianists are extremely talented and have amazing voices! They knew every song requested and did some great renditions. Fun for all!
The perfect venue! We saw this Alvin Ailey dance performance. Pretty cool. Last year it was an all black cast, this year they have other ethnic groups included. Interesting.
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