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Your Guide to The Music Center of Los Angeles

There are many ways to experience the culture of Los Angeles. From the sites of grandiose landmarks to the flavors of world-class cuisine, Los Angeles is endlessly rich in culture. Beyond sightseeing, there’s nothing like immersing yourself in the sounds of some of the most world-renowned venues in Southern California, and at The Music Center of Los Angeles, you’ll be doing just that and more. Proudly standing as “LA’s premier performing arts destination,” travelers can easily discover LA’s ever-evolving arts scene and witness breathtaking performances at this revitalizing music center in Los Angeles.

State-of-the-Art Performance Venues

Located downtown, The Music Center of Los Angeles is one of the largest arts centers in the country. This cultural hub invites guests to experience LA’s diverse cultural offerings through a variety of art performances and state-of-the-art performance venues. Covering the expanse of 22 acres, The Music Center is comprised of four notable theaters: the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Each of these venues holds a remarkable significance to the city’s history and present-day cultural happenings. The largest of the four theaters is the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion which can accommodate approximately 3,200 and is now home to the LA Opera. Designed by Welton Becket & Associates, the building’s curvature, unique rooftop shape, and glass facade set up a visual allure for all who visit.

Likewise, The Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre is host to some of the most captivating theatrical and dance performances. Outfitted with off-white stone on the exterior, a “glass skin,” and rich red and gray tones, the building can host up to 2,000 people.

Small and intimate, but no less enchanting, the Mark Taper Forum has a capacity of 739. Perfect for more dramatic performances, the space has amphitheater-style seating, paired with beautiful architectural features like a thrust stage, and according to The Music Center, “a 378-foot-long cast concrete relief mural in an abstract pattern that encircles the theatre and suggests the movements of the performing arts.”

Last but not least, home to the LA Phil and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, is Walt Disney Concert Hall. Designed by Frank Gehry, this architectural wonder features a renowned curvature made of stainless steel. The visual movement created by this design is only matched by the aural features of the auditorium such as a 50-foot organ and and 6,134 pipes. Able to accommodate 2,265 visitors, every seat is an invitation to marvel at the beauty of music.

Unveiling the Excitement: Upcoming Events

Get a taste of the city’s dazzling performances with one of the many upcoming events at the Los Angeles Music Center. Whether you’re looking to watch a classical concert, ballet performance, Broadway show, or contemporary theater production, The Music Center’s calendar of events has an array of performances for every taste.

For those wanting to witness the art of dance at The Music Center, don’t miss the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and its offering of breathtaking dance performances, March 20 to 24, 2024. This summer, experience a blend of ballet, cinema, and an incomparable live orchestra with The Joffrey Ballet’s Anna Karenina, from June 21 to 23, 2024. No matter the time of year, make your visit more than ordinary by attending an upcoming event, sure to surpass your expectations.

How to Plan for Your Visit

Plan for your visit to The Music Center by purchasing your tickets online. For a specific venue’s box office hours, check out The Music Center’s campus buildings. As a plus, for those who would like to sow into The Music Center’s many initiatives, consider looking into the center’s giving memberships, which include special perks like exclusive access to rehearsals and early access to performances.

Fortunately, The Music Center is accessible to all visitors and has vision and aural services for those who may have a disability. For more information on accessibility, parking, tour options, and more, please see The Music Center’s visitor guide.

Your Premier Stay Near The Music Center

At Hotel Figueroa, we can’t wait to host you as you experience The Music Center of Los Angeles. Situated less than two miles from this dazzling hub, our hotel is a renewing retreat in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, and close to the city’s most popular attractions and up-and-coming restaurants.