“The Walt Disney Concert hall will be a feast for your eyes, ears, and spirits.”
“It is a serene, ennobling building that will give people in this city of private places a new sense of the pleasures of public space.”
the walt disney concert hall -one of four halls of the los angeles music center- is home to the los angeles philharmonic orchestra and the los angeles master chorale. it was designed by los angeles-based architect frank gehry, after walt disney’s widow lilian donated $50 milion to build a new concert hall as a tribute to her husbands love of music.
“Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience. The auditorium, designed to look and feel like a ship’s hull, features 2,265 audience seats which surround the orchestra, as well as natural lighting. … 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 the Resident Companies that call the Concert Hall home.” source
part of the concert hall is the rooftop garden, which is a peaceful refuge within downtown la. frank gehry also designed the white and blue rose-shaped fountain as a tribute to lilian disney and her love of delft porcelain and roses.
the walt disney concert hall is located in downtown los angeles, at 111 south grand avenue, between first and second streets. more information: musiccenter.org