A Very Gehry Xmas
So many concerts, so little time
Look, we get you: Christmas creep is driving us nuts, too, what with trees up, lights hung and sales in full swing--all before Thanksgiving. But we have a tonic to repair the shriveled Scrooge heart in all of us.
It’s simple: Attend a holiday concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Frank Gehry-designed building is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and in celebration the December calendar is packed with aural delights for everyone.
How good do you sound in the shower? Pretty good? Then head to one of two nights when you’re invited to join in, from the easy and fun Christmas classics sing-along hosted by Julie Andrews (December 21) to the pros' evening, when you’ll be amidst 2,199 Angelenos belting Handel’s Messiah (December 11).
Does gospel lift you up? Five-time Grammy Award winners the Blind Boys of Alabama--who have performed with rock types like the late Lou Reed--are performing Go Tell It on the Mountain: The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show (December 10).
Dig classical music? Straight up, grab a seat for one of Gustavo Dudamel’s four nights (December 12 to 15) leading the L.A. Philharmonic in The Nutcracker.
Is folk music your thing? The silvery soprano of Judy Collins (December 17) fills Gehry’s stainless-steel landmark with Christmas carols and her greatest hits.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave.; 323-850-2000 or laphil.com