|Designed by architect Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall, new home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience.
When Walt Disney Concert Hall opened its doors in Fall 2003, Angelenos experienced the full force and brilliance of the world-class Los Angeles Philharmonic. Through the vision and generosity of Lillian Disney, the Disney family, and many other individual and corporate donors, the city will enjoy one of the finest concert halls in the world, as well as an internationally recognized architectural landmark.
From the stainless steel curves of its striking exterior to the state-of-the-art acoustics of the hardwood-paneled main auditorium, the 3.6-acre complex embodies the unique energy and creative spirit of the city of Los Angeles and its orchestra.
The dramatically curved exterior of Walt Disney Concert Hall is clad in stainless steel panels. The building’s orientation, combined with the curving and folding exterior walls, will present highly sculptural compositions that wrap the entire building, presenting multiple facades to the surrounding neighborhood.
The 2,265-seat Walt Disney Concert Hall Auditorium -- designed by Frank Gehry in collaboration with renowned acousticians Yasuhisa Toyota and Minoru Nagata of Nagata Acoustics. The groundbreaking "vineyard" shape of the Hall with its curved wood ceiling will retain the superb acoustical characteristics of a traditional "shoebox" style concert hall, while allowing more flexibility in architectural design. Audience members will surround the orchestra platform for a uniquely interactive and intimate experience and a pipe organ will occupy a central position between the seating blocks at the rear of the stage. Other design highlights of the main auditorium include hardwood walls and ceiling made of Douglas Fir -- the same wood often used on the backs of cellos and violas -- and a large 36-foot-high rear window and skylights that will allow natural light to enhance daytime concerts.
An Atrium Reception Hall will feature large glass panels that open onto Grand Avenue providing an active facade and entryway to the building. At the Grand Avenue level, a series of glass walls will define a restaurant, gift shop, cafe, box office, and access to the parking garage below.
A large Pre-Concert Foyer will accommodate up to 600 people for a variety of activities including pre-concert events and intermission events, lectures, banquets, and education programs.
A Green Room, accessible from both backstage and patron areas, is designed to encourage interaction between audience members, guest artists, conductors, and Philharmonic musicians.
The Founders Room will provide special amenities for the Music Center’s major donors and guests in a dynamic environment, featuring a 50-foot sculptural ceiling, skylights, large-scale windows, and a private Founders Garden.
A terrace bar overlooking the Atrium Reception Hall, a main bar on the third level, and stations throughout the Hall will provide patrons with multiple locations to enjoy pre-concert or intermission refreshments.
Location: 111 South Grand Avenue (Parking on Second & Grand)
Hours: Concert Days/Times Vary