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Downtown Destiny

| December 4, 2013 | Parties

THE PARTY The Walt Disney Concert Hall kicked off its 10th anniversary with a glittering gala and concert, featuring the L.A. Phil, Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, and special guest, legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The evening paid tribute to the performance center’s unforgettable architect, Frank Gehry, and raised more than $5 million for music education. THE SCENE A carefully curated concert, accompanied by Netia Jones video installations, honored the creation of the space and its world-famous acoustics. From John Cage’s silent work “4’33,” to Thomas Ad├Ęs’ “These Premises Are Alarmed,” six pieces of music highlighted the venue’s conception, construction and completion. Gehry joined Dudamel onstage for a standing ovation, and the celebration continued outside the hall with a tented dinner, dancing and music. THE HIGHLIGHTS In an ode to Lillian Disney, who was instrumental in bringing the building to life, the L.A. Phil performance ended with the Disney classic “When You Wish Upon a Star.” As the orchestra played, a constellation of Mylar stars fluttered from the ceiling onto audience members, who caught them as they fell—as did Dudamel, who was spotted scooping up a few from the stage at the end. Photography by Matthew Imaging


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