Grand Ave Arts: All Access
A historic day for DTLA, as all 11 partners of the Grand Ave Arts will be hosting an open house of world class architecture, visual, and performing arts tours. This is a day no Angeleno should miss, as we’ll get an inside peak at some of the world’s leading arts institutions that Downtowners can proudly call their own.
Grand Park’s Programming Director, Julia Diamond says, “Grand Ave Arts: All Access is about opening up the experience, a program like this can change the way people experience and think about what’s offered on Grand Ave.” This year has brought significant changes to the five block area, The Broad being the most visible, of course, but the programming for all the institutions, as well as development in education, has been extraordinary. “It’s pretty rad, right?” says Diamond, “Both visual and performing, I think the artists coming here are phenomenal, but there’s also a stronger awareness in programming. The LA Opera is programming at RedCat and Ace Hotel. The Phil is doing Van Beethoven. Colburn has a huge community engagement program, doing concerts throughout the city.”
There will plenty to see, hear, and do on October 24th. Save the date, and see event list below to plan how best to navigate the day, but with so much to do, Julia says, “approach it like Trick-or Treating. Some of these opportunities are really special. Shop around and keep moving.”
• Architectural tours of The Broad, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. On the plaza next to The Broad, musician Tim Hecker’s hypnotic and ethereal sound installation “Really Eternal Music,” a multi-channel sound piece that references La Monte Young’s classic minimalist drone music from the Black Record.
• Live a cappella performances by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon and featuring eclectic works by National Medal of Art recipient Meredith Monk, Arvo Pärt, Moses Hogan, Shawn Kirchner and others, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
• Guided tours of the Colburn School, which provides top-level performing arts education to students at all levels of development; and a performance by students of the Colburn Music Academy.
• A working orchestra rehearsal of LA Opera’s production of Jake Heggie’s thrilling opera Moby-Dick; a recital featuring singers from LA Opera's prestigious Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program; and an exhibition of LA Opera costumes, wigs, set design and more at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion;
• A large-scale Día de los Muertos art installation, including more than 75 altars and stunning art pieces enhanced by dance performances, spanning both The Music Center Plaza and Grand Park, and special Día de los Muertos-themed hands-on workshops in the lobby of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
• Free admission to MOCA – devoted exclusively to contemporary art – plus tours of its noted permanent collection exhibition and events on the Sculpture Plaza. Browse the MOCA Store or enjoy family-friendly DJ sets with KCHUNG. Sets will be broadcast live and visitors will be invited to interact with KCHUNG’s artist-programmers.
• Tours of The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall
• Center Theatre Group-sponsored family crafts and activities based on the play The Sound of Music; theatrical puppets and masks from Center Theatre Group’s performance of the Mayan creation myth with an L.A. twist Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven; and a “prize wheel” offering chances to win tickets and swag.
• Screenings of award-winning short animated children's films at REDCAT, located inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex; a walk-through of the set for the upcoming production of Blacktop Highway by “unclassifiable” solo performer John Fleck, guided tours of the Gallery exhibit “Hotel Theory,”
• The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s "VAN Beethoven," an innovative mobile experience now touring L.A. that utilizes an Oculus virtual reality headset to transport audiences inside Walt Disney Concert Hall for a 360° 3-D performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, featuring the opening of Beethoven’s timeless Fifth Symphony.
• Los Angeles Central Library's enlightening exhibition "To Live and Dine in LA," a collection of historic LA menus from the past century; and tours of the landmark 1926 library, which, along with its 72 branch libraries, serves the largest and most diverse audience of any library system in the nation.
Colburn School - photo courtesy of Wesley Music Ministries
Walt Disney Concert Hall - photo courtesy of Greatest Performance
featured photo: The Broad Museum - photo courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler