Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall reopens to the public
The musical center today announced the reopening of the iconic Walt disney Concert hall and its beautiful outdoor spaces to the public, and the resumption of free audio guided tours that provide visitors with the history and behind-the-scenes anecdotes surrounding the construction of the building. The tour uses updated technology to make it easier for Angelenos and guests to learn about the history of the concert hall, from conception to completion.
Narrated by Emmy and Tony award-winning actor John lithgow, the tour offers an in-depth and comprehensive exploration of the concert hall and gives an insight into the visionary architect Frank Gehry and other key contributors, including award-winning conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen; acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota; daughter of Lillian Disney principal donor, Diane Disney Miller; and landscape designer Melinda Taylor. Visitors can use personal smartphones or Podcatchers provided on site to access fascinating facts about the building interior, gardens and the creative processes and technology involved in creating the concert hall.
As the Music Center slowly reopens its doors to the community and tourists, we are very happy to offer an updated audio tour with new, more inclusive options for people to learn about the rich history of one of the buildings. most iconic buildings in Los Angeles and to get an insider’s perspective on the reasoning and rationale behind building design and groundbreaking architecture, âsaid Rachel S. Moore, President and CEO of Music Center.
The 60-minute audio tour begins in the Great Hall where visitors learn Frank Gehryarchitectural choices of interior wooden ‘tree trunks’ and curved stainless steel exterior, as well as a Lillian Disney-inspired carpet pattern in the upper level lobbies. Some of the most remarkable spaces in Walt disney The concert hall that visitors can explore and experience in more detail includes the BP Hall, the pre-concert program space designed for smaller programs and events; the Ira Gershwin Gallery, an exhibition from the Library of Congress collection that rotates every six months; and the window in the garden, Walt disney The largest skylight in the concert hall showing the contrast of finished surfaces and rough structural elements. As the public ventures into the Blue Ribbon Garden, they learn exactly how it was built 35 feet above the ground and explore the nearly an acre community garden and its vast array of plants. The public has access to all of these spaces and can also learn about some of the finer details that make Walt disney Unique concert hall.
Safety remains the top priority of the Music Center. For the safety of the community and the staff of the Music Center, the ushers of the Music Center and the tour staff designated to Walt disney The concert hall continues to wear face coverings during tour hours. Additionally, according to LA County guidelines, face coverings are mandatory indoors and recommended outdoors for those who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The four rooms of the Music Center, including Walt disney Concert Hall, recently received the UL Verified Healthy Buildings Mark for Indoor Air Quality, validating the Music Center’s commitment to the safety of its staff, artists and visitors. Visit musiccenter.org/safety for more information on Music Center safety and security measures.
The Music Center Walt disney Concert hall tours and full campus tours of the Music Center Symphonians are temporarily unavailable and will resume at a later date. For more information on visits to Music Center’s Walt disney Concert hall, visit musiccenter.org/visit/Exploring-the-Center/.