Downtown Los Angeles may not have snow but it comes alive during the holidays. I attended a performance of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and La Chapelle de Quebec’s“Handel’s Messiah” at the Disney Concert Hall. What a treat! It was an amazing performance and a stellar evening.
When I go to the Music Center or Disney Concert Hall, I often take the LA Metro because the Civic Center stop is a block away. That night, my partner and I accidentally took the wrong exit out of the subway station. We were glad we did because but it took us to Grand Park, which was sparkling with holiday lights. I couldn’t resist taking a few shots as we walked to the concert hall.
My daughter was given premium tickets to the concert at work but couldn’t attend so she sent them to us. They were orchestra seats smack in the center where many members of the Founder’s Circle sit. It was a posh crowd and I was secretly wishing I’d gone shopping at Rodeo Drive before I arrived. In my dreams, of course.
The Disney Concert Hall was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. It’s stunning to look at from the outside with its remarkable curved stainless steel concept design. The inside is equally spectacular but is decked out in warm wood with a blue-sky window in the ceiling.
Acoustically, it’s a sophisticated venue for the many concerts and performances that take place there during the year. The Disney Concert Hall is the winter home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and their amazing conductor Gustavo Dudamel. During the summer, the LA Phil performs at the Hollywood Bowl.
That night, the orchestra was conducted by Bernard Labadie and featured singers Karina Gauvin (Soprano), Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano), Allan Clayton (tenor), and Matthew Brock bass-baritone along with the choir.
I had never seen an entire performance of “Handel’s Messiah” before and was enthralled from beginning to end. Like a dork, I didn’t realize that everyone stands when the Hallelujah chorus is performed.
The holiday atmosphere added festivity to our evening but any night at the Disney Concert Hall is always special.
The Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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