Walt Disney Concert Hall

From its striking exterior to its intimate interior, Walt Disney Concert Hall is an architectural marvel.  Designed by Frank Gehry, it is one of the world’s most admired concert halls.

 

 
(2009)* - View of the Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 South Grand Avenue. Designed by architect Frank Gehry.  

 

Historical Notes

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is the fourth hall of the Los Angeles Music Center. Bounded by Hope Street, Grand Avenue, and 1st and 2nd Streets, it seats 2,265 people and serves (among other purposes) as the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.^

 

 

 

 
(2020)^.^ - Close-up view of the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall. Photo by Carlos G. Lucero‎  

 

Historical Notes

Lillian Disney made an initial gift in 1987 to build a performance venue as a gift to the people of Los Angeles and a tribute to Walt Disney's devotion to the arts and to the city. The Frank Gehry-designed building opened on October 24, 2003. Both the architecture by Frank Gehry and the acoustics of the concert hall (designed by Yasuhisa Toyota) were praised in contrast to its predecessor, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.^

 

 

 

 
(2013)^ - A view of the Walt Disney Concert Hall auditorium, as seen from the Balcony seating section.  

 

Historical Notes

The Disney Concert Hall with its Douglas fir-lined interior has 2,265 colorful seats that are steeply raked and surround the stage. The vineyard style seating brings the audience close to the orchestra, and offers an intimate view of the musicians and conductor from any seat.

Gehry worked with Yasuhisa Toyota, the acoustical consultant, to hone the hall’s sound through spatial and material means.

 

 

 

 
(2007)*^ - A closer view of the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage and organ before a concert.  

 

Historical Notes

The organ's façade was designed by architect Frank Gehry in consultation with organ consultant and tonal designer Manuel Rosales and was was built by the German organ builder Caspar Glatter-Götz. The organ is a gift to the County of Los Angeles from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.^

 

 

 

 
(2012)^* - Wide-angle view from near the corner of Grand Avenue and 2nd Street showing the Walt Disney Concert Hall, home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Bunker Towers is in the background on the left and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is seen to the right.  Photo by John O’ Neill  

 

Historical Notes

Designed by architect Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall is an internationally recognized architectural landmark and one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world.

 

 

 

 
(2011)^ - Disney Concert Hall, downtown Los Angeles. The inside was built for musicians...but, the outside was built for photographers!  

 

 

 

 

 

 
(2012)##^ - Space Shuttle Endeavour makes its final flight to LAX on September 21, 2012 as it passes over Disney Hall with the Hollywood Sign in the background.  

 

 

 

 

 

 
(2012)^** - A view of the Walt Disney Concert Hall from the Department of Water and Power fountain with the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at far left.  

 

 

 

 

 

 
(2020)^.^ - View looking northwest showing top of entrance to Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion seen across Temple Street.  Photo by Tom Awai  

 

 

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