Los Angeles Music Center

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The Los Angeles Music Center (more formally the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County) is a complex of four entertainment venues located on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.

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Facilities

The four main venues are

The complex also includes some smaller theaters and outdoor amphitheaters.

Tenants

The complex has four resident companies:

Upon completion of Disney Hall, the Philharmonic and Master Chorale moved their performances from the Chandler Pavilion to Disney Hall.

History

Fundraising for the complex was begun in 1955 by Dorothy Chandler, who sought a permanent home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Construction of the facility began on March 9, 1962. The first hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, held its first performance on December 6, 1964. The complex was completed when two additional halls, the Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theatre, were dedicated on April 9, 1967. The center then totalled the approximately seven acres (28,000 m²), bounded by Grand Avenue, Hope Street, 1st Street and Temple Street.

The Dance Door, a bronze scupture, was created in 1978 by Robert Graham and donated to the Music Center in 1982 by Frederick and Marcia Weisman. [1] (http://216.239.57.104/search?q=cache:musiccenter.org/images/mc_brochure.pdf+%22Dance+Door%22&hl=en)

In 1994, major renovations were completed on both Mark Taper and the Ahmanson.

In 1987, Lillian Disney pledged $50 million towards a fourth venue, which became known as the Walt Disney Concert Hall. After various problems and cost overruns, the new concert hall finally opened on October 23, 2003. The complex now totals 11 acres (45,000 m²) and extends across the equivalent of three city blocks from Temple Street to 2nd Street.

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