The Music Center will celebrate the re-opening of The Music Center Plaza with a civic ceremony on August 28, 2019 and free public festivities throughout Labor Day weekend (from Friday, August 30–Sunday, September 1, 2019) following a 20-month $41 million renovation of the expansive outdoor space.
The 53-year-old Plaza has been updated into an accessible, welcoming outdoor urban space, and will feature a new Welcome Center, Abernethy’s (a full-service restaurant), The Mullin Wine Bar, and a Go Get Em Tiger coffee bar.
New casual gardens complement the space, offering places to relax and enjoy beautiful vistas of Grand Park and the civic center. Serving as a principal public square for Los Angeles County, the reimagined Plaza creates a fifth venue at The Music Center campus, providing a place where people can not only dine and gather, but also connect with friends and colleagues. The Plaza will be home to free and low-cost events and activities that showcase the talents of the many artists and distinctive communities that comprise the culturally rich County of Los Angeles.
The public is invited to join the celebration with free planned activities, including a dance party on Friday, August 30th with Dance DTLA: Cumbia, a procession and community sing-along on Saturday, August 31st withThe Plaza for All Celebration featuring Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Big Sing 2019, and a “backyard” party on Sunday, September 1st with the Splish Splash Plaza Bash. Events details will be available at www.musiccenter.org/Plaza
Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center 2019-2020 season
With five presentations in the Dance at The Music Center’s 2019/2020 season, audiences will experience daring and captivating performances and large-scale productions of beloved masterpieces from a wide-ranging group of world-renowned companies.
Last seen at The Music Center in 2015, the renowned Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra open the 2019/2020 season with George Balanchine’s Jewels (October 24–27, 2019), the world’s first three-act ballet without a dedicated story that was inspired by the famed choreographer’s trip to Van Cleef & Arpels in 1967.
The international season continues with a national treasure—the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (March 18–22, 2020) returns for seven performances in 2020.The spring brings The Music Center’s presentation of Germany’s Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch with its Palermo Palermo (April 17–19, 2020), a modern work not staged anywhere in North America in nearly 30 years.
Palermo Palermo is known for its dichotomy of grim horror and surreal humor. May 2020 marks the return of Cuban sensation Malpaso Dance Company (May 15–17, 2020) since its exciting Los Angeles debut in 2017. The season closes with the Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company making its first-ever appearances at The Music Center with Giselle (July 24–26, 2020), a centuries-old seminal work considered one of the most romantic and most challenging ballets to dance.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion interior photos
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