Disney Concert Hall Opens To Raves All Around

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  1. Peter Kline

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    The opening night concert broadcasts of Oct. 23, 24 and 25 can be heard at www.kcrw.org

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    From The New York Times Architechture Critic:

     
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    Man, I wish I could be there for The Matrix Revolutions premiere.
     
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    There are, however, some voices of dissent, chief among them an architecture critic with whom I used to share space in an area newspaper. Gehry called this former associate of mine "you little [expletive]" when he encountered him at a recent press event.

    Peter, why don't you repost that image of the building's eye-catching facade?
     
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    While I have not been to the hall in person, from pictures I'm not that impressed. It looks like mid 60s expressionistic modernism with less right angles and more curves - basically a more curvy version of the Philharmonie in Berlin.

    The more important issue is how good are the aucostics.
     
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    It's funny. Architechture is a very personal thing. It seems to be a profession full of jealousy. So be it. The musicians of the LA Philharmonic say the accoustics are incredible. They say they can actually hear the other orchestra members for the first time. Some have commented that they will have to hold back and not play so loud as they had to at the Dorothy Chandler because of the lousy accoustics there. Time will tell how things develop. There is no perfect accoustical performance space, only those approaching it. As far as the Matrix playing there, it's a thank you to the producer who donated money for the building. Movies will not play there regularly. It's for live music.

    As far as the outside of the building, there are dozens of photographs that show it to be ever changing in its looks depending on the angle and time of day you are looking at any particular part of the structure. I'm told one needs to walk around it, through it and whatever to get the right feel. Photos cannot do it justice.
     
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    Perfect: Musikverein, Vienna; Carnegie Hall, NYC; and eventually Verizon Hall, Philadelphia (a technological breakthrough with it's moveable ceiling and reverberation chambers).
     
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    Seth,

    Those places are not perfect for every ocassion and every type of music performance. They are as close as you can get to the ideal for many types but not all. Carnegie Hall is not good for small chamber groups so they built a special small hall in the complex which is said to be one of the best in the world. Until prominent critics and music lovers have heard Disney Hall, as I said, the jury is still out I'd say. But it is promising.
     
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    Peter,

    The Musikverein is about as perfect as it gets. Scientists have traveled the world to study its acoustics since it was completed in 1870. It's one of the few halls in the world that is able to be used as a recording studio.

    What's brilliant about Verizon Hall is that the hall can be adjusted to number of performers playing in it through adjusting the ceiling highest and number of open reverberation chambers.



    Huh? I don't know where you got this idea. The new hall (really the oldest, just renovated) is a multi-purpose room, meant for educational type programs, non-classical music, and multi-cultural events. Soloists and chamber groups that in the past had performed in the main hall will continue to do so.
     
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    Verizon Hall? Oh boy...

    It must be said...

    Can you hear me now? [​IMG]
     
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    ThomasC,

    Yeah, nothing escapes being branded a corporate name...
     
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    It's not that, it's the catch phrase. If it was Cingular, Nextel or whatnot, it wouldn't have been the same.
     
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    Exterior - I know what I like when I see it - and that ain't it.

    Interior - WOW - did you see the pipe organ?
     
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    From Los Angeles Times:

     
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    For movie music fans (any out there?) Saturday nights Gala broadcast over the internet at KCRW (some local NPR radio stations may also offer the broadcast):

    Saturday, October 25
    7 pm Inaugural Gala Concert III: Soundstage LA Host Tom Hanks; special guests Josh Groban, Audra McDonald, Steven Spielberg and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Esa-Pekka Salonen and John Williams conduct a program of music created for Hollywood film. Highlights: World Premiere of Soundings by John Williams. Music by renowned film composers Korngold, Newman, Rozsa, Waxman, Steiner, Hermann, Bernstein and Goldsmith, plus songs made famous in the movies. Hosts to be announced.*Produced by Ben Roe for NPR.
     
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    The outside of the place looks like a bunch of six graders threw away the building and kept the boxes it came in.
     

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