Walt Disney Concert Hall Exterior Night - photo courtesy Candice Montgomery, Flickr
An LA Icon Since 2003.
Situated on Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A., the concert hall seats more than 2,200 people and is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning modeler Frank Gehry, with acoustics by Yasuhisa Toyota, Walt Disney Concert Hall has gotten worldwide critical acclaim from concertgoers for its striking exterior design and exceptional sound.
Here are some must-sees and hidden gems at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Gustavo Dudamel | Photo courtesy of LA Phil, Facebook
The 2015-16 season features a series of special concerts that cover a wide range of music from many different periods. For detailed information on the concerts at Walt Disney Hall - featuring some of the world’s great performers from classical, jazz, world music and more - visit the LA Phil calendar. Get more info >
A Rose for Lilly - Blue Ribbon Garden
The Blue Ribbon Garden is the Walt Disney Concert Hall's housetop garden. Almost a section of land in size, the greenery enclosure is tucked underneath the lobby's sparkling outside and loaded up with lavish finishing that sprouts consistently. One of the greenery enclosure's features is A Rose for Lilly, the Frank Gehry-planned wellspring that pays tribute to the late Lillian Disney and her affection for Royal Delft porcelain vases and roses. The wellspring is a vast rose that is shrouded in a great many broken bits of Delft porcelain and tiles, making a unique mosaic. The Blue Ribbon Garden regularly fills in as a scenery to pre-and post-theater gatherings, private occasions and youth programming.
Interior, Walt Disney Concert Hall | Photo courtesy of LA Phil
Visitors can explore Walt Disney Concert Hall on a self-guided audio tour or a guided tour. Audio tours are the most comprehensive way to explore the hall and are offered most days. The self-guided audio tour takes visitors through the concert hall’s history, from conception to completion. Narrated by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor John Lithgow, the audio tour includes insights from architect Frank Gehry and other key contributors. Docents take visitors on guided tours through much of the interior space and throughout the gardens while presenting highlights of the spectacular building.
Note: because of a nearly-constant rehearsal, performance and special event schedule, tours of the Walt Disney Concert Hall do not include the auditorium.
Guests can explore the Walt Disney Concert Hall on an self-guided audio tour or a guided tour. Audio tours are the most comprehensive and are offered daily. The self-guided audio tour takes guests through the concert hall's history, from concept to creation. Narrated by the Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor John Lithgow, the self-guided audio tour incorporates bits of knowledge from draftsman Frank Gehry and other contributors. The guides take guests on visits through a great part of the hall as well as the greenhouses, and presenting key highlights of this amazing structure.
The Library of Congress/Ira Gershwin Gallery
The Library of Congress/Ira Gershwin Gallery, Walt Disney Concert Hall | Photo - H+F
Located on the second floor of Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Library of Congress/Ira Gershwin Gallery is a hidden gem designed by Hodgetts + Fung. The gallery rotates its collection biannually, and is open to visitors who are on a tour or attending a performance inside the concert hall.
W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre
The W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre is a hidden gem located on the rooftop of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, adjacent to the Blue Ribbon Garden. The 350-seat outdoor amphitheatre hosts family-friendly performances and participatory arts and culture events such as drum circles and sing-alongs. The Music Center’s World City series features international artists sharing their culture through dance, music, song and storytelling. Art-making workshops for children are offered in the Blue Ribbon garden following the performances.
The 2018 REDCAT Gala, with custom woven art by artist Geoff McFetridge | Photo: REDCAT
Located inside Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) is a multi-media arts center for innovative visual, performing and media arts. Since its opening in November 2003, REDCAT has garnered praise for showcasing up-and-coming artists, and for introducing groundbreaking, internationally-renowned artists and exhibitions to L.A. audiences. REDCAT features a 3,000-square-foot gallery space with revolving exhibitions, a flexible black box theater, and a lounge cafe/bar that hosts public forums.
8. Patina Patina
Beef short rib | Photo courtesy of Patina, Facebook
The flagship restaurant of acclaimed chef Joachim Splichal, located off Grand Avenue on the street level of Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Relais & Châteaux restaurant offers French-California seasonal tasting menus, gourmet cheeses, caviar service, and an award-winning wine list. Foodists seeking the epitome of West Coast luxury dining will love Patina's elegant al fresco dining, stylish late night cocktail bar and impeccable service.
9. LA PHIL Store
Whether you’re visiting the Walt Disney Concert Hall on a tour or attending a concert, a souvenir from the LA PHIL Store is a must. Located on the lobby level of the hall, the LA PHIL Store sells everything from coffee mugs to a $1,500 Frank Gehry-designed table set. The LA PHIL Store is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The store is also open during and following evening concerts. The LA PHIL Store is closed in observance of all national holidays.
10. Private Events & Weddings
Wedding reception | Photo by Drew Bittel, courtesy of Platinum Weddings by Kerrie, Facebook
Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the best venues in LA for private events and weddings. Numerous event spaces are available, both indoors and outside. An unforgettable wedding ceremony can take place in the romantic Blue Ribbon Garden, or you can host a seated dinner gala inside the striking architecture of the Founders Room or BP Hall. The magnificent Walt Disney Concert Hall auditorium can also be rented for an audience of 2,252 guests. Get more info >
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