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Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Walt Disney Concert Hall's 10th Anniversary

In October 2003 the now iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall opened. Designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry, in the last decade it has become one of the most famous buildings in the United States and a new symbol of Los Angeles.

In 1987, Lillian B. Disney donated $50 million in honor of her late husband, Walt Disney, to be used to build a new concert hall. Walt Disney had a long-standing love of classical music, which is particularly evident in his collaboration with Leopold Stokowski to create 1940's Fantasia. After an extensive search, architect Frank Gehry was chosen to design the new hall. His vision was to create a "living room for the city," a space where the public would want to come and enjoy classical music. In addition to the building design, acoustics were equally important to Gehry. He hired acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, and the two worked closely with the LA Philharmonic's then-conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen to create the perfect space for the performance and enjoyment of music.

Sixteen years after its inception, the Walt Disney Concert Hall opened its doors. In the decade since it has become not only a world-class venue for classical music, but a must-see for lovers of public architecture. While a trip to Los Angeles to see the hall and hear the orchestra may not be possible, you can check out these items from Richland Library's collection to learn more!


Amazon Says: 'Symphony' charts the history of the Walt Disney Concert Hall from its inception through the architect selection process, construction and the completion of the building. Essa more...
Amazon Says: 'Symphony' charts the history of the Walt Disney Concert Hall from its inception through the architect selection process, construction and the completion of the building. Essays by leading architecture historians put the building into its historical perspective in the urban landscape of Los Angeles. less...
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Amazon Says: One of the world's great architects, Frank O. Gehry has produced an astonishing body of work over the past forty years. This pioneering designer continues to receive worldwide more...
Amazon Says: One of the world's great architects, Frank O. Gehry has produced an astonishing body of work over the past forty years. This pioneering designer continues to receive worldwide praise from both peers and critics as the most talented and influential architect working today. With the artistry of a sculptor and the brilliant articulation of an engineer, Gehry creates complex yet sensual buildings that are lyrical constructions defying categorization. Assembled by Francesco Dal Co and Kurt Forster, two of architecture's most important writers and historians, in collaboration with Gehry, this comprehensive, critical documentation -- the first major monograph ever published -- surveys his visionary architecture, from his early houses to his powerful recent works. Bursting onto the scene in Southern California in the early 1960s, Gehry's revolutionary remodeling of his own house in 1978 -- the transformation of a suburban Dutch colonial into an architectural collage juxtaposing chain-link fence, plywood, exposed joists, and corrugated iron -- brought him international notoriety. His most important building to date, the recently completed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain -- nearly twice the size of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris -- is a monumental 256,000-square-foot curvilinear masterpiece made of shimmering titanium, glass, and Spanish limestone. This eagerly awaited and unprecedented publication -- with over three hundred projects and a thousand illustrations -- includes, among others, the controversial American Center in Paris; Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis; Nationale-Nedelanden Building (Fred and Ginger Building) in Prague; Vitra Headquarters in Weil am Rhein, Germany; California Aerospace Museum; Loyola Law School in Los Angeles; Chiat Day Mojo Building in Venice, California; and Boston Children's Museum. Also shown are his provocative designs for houses -- many of them in California -- as well as his installations, exhibitions, and ingenious corrugated cardboard furniture. Also presented is Gehry's largest U.S. commission to date, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a cultural landmark and civic monument for his hometown of Los Angeles, which promises to change the concept of "public space" for generations to come. less...
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Amazon Says: A look at the work of visionary, artist, and well-known architect Frank Gehry. more...
Amazon Says: A look at the work of visionary, artist, and well-known architect Frank Gehry. less...
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Frank Gehry, Architect by Frank O. Gehry
Amazon Says: Since the 1997 completion of what many consider his greatest achievement—the stunning Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain—Frank O. Gehry has soared to the forefront of cont more...
Amazon Says: Since the 1997 completion of what many consider his greatest achievement—the stunning Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain—Frank O. Gehry has soared to the forefront of contemporary American architecture. Long recognized by his peers for his innovative designs, Gehry now enjoys a new level of prominence in the popular imagination. This book, the catalogue of the first large-scale retrospective of Gehry’s work in 15 years, examines the architect’s unique vision and provides the historical perspective with which to interpret his audacious accomplishments. Essays by noted museum curators and architectural historians explore his iconoclastic spirit and trace his melding of unconventional materials and forms. Photographs, drawings, plans, and scale models communicate the breadth and complexity of Gehry’s work and show how, in his view of architecture as sculptural space, Gehry has opened up a world of new possibilities for architecture. less...
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Amazon Says: Demonstrates the principles of sound and the science of acoustics through a variety of experiments. more...
Amazon Says: Demonstrates the principles of sound and the science of acoustics through a variety of experiments. less...
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Walt Disney Concert Hall - 2003-2013
Elizabeth H. Says: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 2003-2013
YouTube Says: http://laphil.com/wdch10 - In October of 2003, after more than a decade of planning and construction, the Los Angeles Philharmonic moved into its new home, the Frank Gehry-des...
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