Downtown Los Angeles may not have snow but it comes alive during the holidays. We went down there the other night to see the Los Angeles Philharmonic and La Chapelle de Quebec perform “Handel’s Messiah” at the Disney Concert Hall. What a treat! It was an amazing performance and a stellar evening.
When we go to the Music Center or Disney Concert Hall we take the subway because it drops us off a block away. That night we exited out of the wrong end of the subway station. We can never remember which end is which. It meant we had to walk a couple of blocks farther but it took us through Grand Park, which was sparkling with holiday lights. I couldn’t resist taking a few shots as we walked to the concert.
My daughter works at an investment firm and her CEO gave her the tickets because he couldn’t attend that evening. She, in turn, messengered them to us. Our seats were in the center of the orchestra section where 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 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 Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012