By Louis Arevalos. The Los Angeles Opera.
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Home to the Los Angeles Opera and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Theatre, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is one of four performance halls in the Los Angeles Music Center, and “the crowning achievement” of Los Angeles cultural leader Dorothy Buffum Chandler (1901-1997). The 3,197-seat theatre has on several occasions hosted the Academy Awards. Since 1964, it has also been the location of the annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration, a free event that showcases musical and choreographic talent native to Los Angeles County.
Completed in 1964, the Pavilion was opened with a concert led by celebrated conductor Zubin Mehta that featured the Los Angeles Philharmonic and legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz. The excellence with which it began has continued to shape its reputation, with such lauded operatic figures as Denyce Graves, Deborah Voigt, Samuel Ramey, and Ferruccio Furlaneto frequently gracing its stage. Superstar tenor Placido Domingo’s aesthetic sensibilities have contributed to the growth of L.A. Opera since 1984, his first year as artistic consultant to the company. In May of 2003 he was appointed General Director. Conductor James Conlon has also done much to improve upon L.A. Opera’s already stellar reputation with such ambitious endeavors as the Recovered Voices project, which centers on neglected works by great composers silenced by the Holocaust, and the staging of Wagner’s complete Der Ring des Nibelungen.
The Pavilion’s design reflects its mission of these lauded influentials to bringing the best of opera’s past and present to the attention of the widest possible audience. Its glass facade rises from behind a row of fluted columns, overlooking the famous Jacques Lipchitz masterpiece, Peace on Earth. The lobby features sculptures by Enzo Plazzotta; busts and paintings by Anna Mahler, Gustav’s daughter; a bust of Giuseppe Verdi; elaborate crystal bead chandeliers cut in Bavaria; and solid white tiers rising over two stories. A suspended gold acoustic sound panel hovers over one of the burnt orange glow of the largest mainstages in the U.S., framed by gold brocade curtains with a fireworks design.
A testament to the artistic values of its home city, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is an inclusive institution that has hosted a number of cinematic directors, such as Garry Marshall, who have contributed to acclaimed productions since the 2001-2002 season. Its first “Artist-in-Residence” is composer, conductor, writer, and pianist Matthew Aucoin, a young talent who since the 2014-2015 season has helped L.A. Opera audiences to maintain a fresh perspective on classical music. “Newcomer Nights” and ARIA Young Professionals offer a look behind the scenes, access to exclusive after parties, and other options for new opera fans. and young supporters of the art. In the search for luxury as well as modernity in opera, one may find that the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion has a preferable edge.
- The acoustics of the Pavilion’s stage are some of the best in the country, so finding a good seat is not difficult. However, the Founder’s Circle on the second level is reported to offer a slightly superior sound experience.
- Located at 135 N. Grand Avenue in Los Angeles CA, 90012, just off W. 1st Street, the Pavilion is most easily accessed by visitors travelling by personal vehicle.
- It is recommended that visitors arrive at least 45 minutes before curtain to take advantage of all available options. There is plenty of space at the Music Center Garage, located off Grand Avenue across the street from Grand Park.
- Self-parking rates are $9 beginning at 4:30 p.m. for evening performances, two hours before weekday matinees, and all day on weekends.
- Valet parking is offered at rates of $23 at the Hope Street circular drive adjacent to the Plaza. All vehicles are returned to the Hope Street side.
- For Handicap Access Parking, check with the parking attendant for specific directions.
- Contact Classic Parking at 213-972-3476 for answers to any questions or concerns.
- The cozy Maccheroni Republic offers fine Italian cuisine at a reasonable price, with all pastas made fresh daily. It is located at 332 S. Broadway, less than half a mile from the L.A. Music Center.
- Dining options at the L.A. Music Center include Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar, located right outside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and featuring a raw seafood bar and luxurious optional outdoor patio seating. The cozy Patina at the Walt Disney Concert Hall offers an award-winning contemporary French menu complete with wine lists and excellent service. The Pinot Grill is a first come, first serve spot for those preferring the element of all-outdoor eating and a full bar.
- Some restaurants in the downtown L.A. area offer shuttle service to the Music Center, including the distinctly modern and atmospheric Drago Centro, specializing in fine mixed cuisine.
- L.A. Opera’s pricing has been formulated to fit demand and current economical conditions. Standard pricing for any seat is $99, which is raised or lowered based on the popularity of a particular performance. Student rush seats are offered at $20 on the day of curtain. The highest-priced seating is set at $114 for single tickets.
- Any package secures discounts in any section of the theatre. Full season subscriptions come with an additional 5% in savings per seat and additional perks, including complimentary champagne, priority purchasing, and complimentary exchanges.
- Additional discounts are offered to seniors, children between the ages of 9 and 17, and non-profit community groups.
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