The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles is Amazing!

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is a Los Angeles iconic venue designed by Frank Gehry ‘from the inside out.’  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is the first ensemble to perform a live concert for in-person audiences, after Covid-19 restrictions abruptly stopped performances in March 2020, live concerts are back!

The Walt Disney Concert Hall - Incredible architecture
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The beauty of live events is each one is a unique experience, creating memories that last a lifetime. The anticipation of getting ready (in real clothes!) and attending this event was surreal. Upon arrival it was clear this show was going to look slightly different. All city, county and venue safety protocols were observed which meant a smaller than usual audience, masks worn until we reached our seats, and we needed to provide proof of vaccination to enter. We mingled outside with members of the arts community, who looked equally starved of culture, as we all prepared to be transported to a magical place.

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As the lights dimmed and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra played their first notes, tears welled up in my eyes. Live music is so beautiful and emotional, and these artists are so incredibly talented giving us everything they have night after night. Performance after performance. As I began to lose myself in this special concert, I reflected on the past 18 months, the struggles we have all faced, but especially the struggles artists have faced. Not only was their livelihood paused, but also their passions and purpose in life were forced to pause too.

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The music washed over my body, and I felt an explosion of healing and humanity, watching these talented musicians finally be able to do what they do. Music has magical powers that connects us regardless of culture or background.

Jamie Martín was in his element on the podium, conducting the full orchestra in works by Alberto Ginastera, Juan Pablo Contreras, and Felix Mendelssohn in this joyous return to live music-making. He led Juan Pablo Contreras’ Mariachitlán, the title track on the composer’s Latin Grammy-nominated album, an orchestral homage to his birthplace, the Mexican state of Jalisco, where mariachi music originated.
Take a bow
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Perhaps the most poignant part of the evening, was Jamie Martín personally playing a heart felt solo flute piece, with Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, to thank Terri + Jerry Kohl,  a Los Angeles couple who made this performance possible by a generous gift.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Greg Grudt/Mathew Imaging

As I looked around the impressive Walt Disney Concert Hall, this beautiful performance seemed to stir powerful emotions in every single person. The performers connected with the audience in a deeply raw and intimate way. And never is this connection more needed than now. Their joy and gratitude to be performing for a live audience once again was incredibly heartfelt. I felt hopeful and invigorated.

This program was recorded for the second season of SummerFest, LACO’s highly regarded digital chamber music series, which streams weekly beginning in July at no cost on LACO’s YouTube channel. Audiences around the globe will be able to experience this deeply inspiring performance.

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A stirring performance speaks to our soul in a way like nothing else, and this is exactly what my soul needed to hear. I left feeling emotionally drained and filled with deep respect and gratitude for these remarkable artists.

Disney Concert Hall: Hidden Gems and Insider Secrets

Visiting the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles is like stepping into a new world — where architectural mastery meets the soul-stirring power of live music. It’s one of the best places to visit in Los Angeles. Here are five tips to make your visit to this iconic venue as enchanting as the performances it hosts.

  1. Explore the Building’s Architecture. Before the curtain rises, take a moment—or an hour—to wander around the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The building, designed by Frank Gehry, is a masterpiece of modern architecture. There are free audio tours available, narrated by John Lithgow, which dive into the history and design of the hall. It’s like finding a secret level in a video game, where the reward is a deeper appreciation of your surroundings.
  2. Pack a Picnic for the Garden. Nestled within the concert hall’s complex is a hidden gem—the Community Park and Garden. It’s the perfect spot for a pre-show picnic. The views of downtown L.A. from here are superb, offering a serene backdrop to your meal. Just remember, while it’s tempting to bring a bottle of bubbly, alcohol consumption is not allowed unless it’s purchased on-site at designated events.
  3. Dress Comfortably Yet Smartly. While there’s no strict dress code, the atmosphere leans towards smart casual. Comfort is key, especially if you’re exploring the venue or the vibrant area around it before the performance, but dress to impress at night. A smart ensemble that balances comfort with a touch of flair mirrors the hall’s blend of artistic elegance and innovative design.
  4. Arrive Early to Secure Parking. Parking in downtown L.A. can be a challenge, but the Disney Concert Hall does have its own parking lot underneath. However, it can fill up quickly, especially on event nights. Arriving early will ease your parking anxiety and gives you time to enjoy the architecture.
  5. Don’t Miss the Free Concerts. Yes, you read that right—free concerts! The Walt Disney Concert Hall hosts a variety of free concerts and events throughout the year, particularly during the summer. These can range from classical music performances to jazz nights. It’s a fantastic way to experience the acoustical wonders of the hall without stretching your budget.

Each visit to the Walt Disney Concert Hall is like a new adventure: the sun and clouds on that day will change the color and tone of the building’s aluminum panels, and the musical performance will never be exactly the same as the day before.

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*** This article is sponsored but all opinions are my own***

About The Author

Samantha

I’m a travel and health writer, digital brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising an active family, life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.

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