TITLE

A MIGHTY MONUMENT TO MUSIC

AUTHOR(S)
McGuigan, Cathleen
PUB. DATE
August 2003
SOURCE
Newsweek (Atlantic Edition);8/25/2003-9/1/2003 (Atlantic Edition), Vol. 142 Issue 8/9, p68
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the Walt Disney Concert Hall, which was designed by Frank Gehry. When the conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, took the podium of the new Walt Disney Concert Hall one morning in late June, anticipation hung in the air. Fewer than a dozen people were scattered about the 2,265-seat auditorium. Outside, the gorgeous billowing curves and swoops of the nearly finished stainless-steel exterior--already an L.A. landmark--shimmered. Yet this stunning building will truly succeed only if the quality of its sound matches its physical beauty. That June day marked the first time the full orchestra had played in the new hall. Salonen led the musicians into the opening bars of Mozart's Jupiter Symphony, but he soon tapped his baton, stopped and scanned the hall for Gehry. "Frank," he said, "we'll keep it." Gehry started crying. Disney Hall will finally open this fall--16 tortured years after the late Lillian Disney, Walt's widow, instigated the project with a $50 million gift. With all Gehry's got going on, Disney Hall is a defining masterwork--because of his love for music, for Los Angeles and for his art.
ACCESSION #
10653834

 

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