Last year was a very notable one for The Music Center—Los Angeles County’s leading performing arts center. We expanded our impact in downtown Los Angeles and throughout the county with new programming; broadened our reach to children and families through arts education, community partnerships, events and activities; and celebrated the artistic prowess of our four world-class resident companies – LA Phil, LA Opera, Center Theatre Group and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
The Music Center welcomes more than two million people each year to enjoy live performances, as well as free arts events at its campus and at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. Demonstrating our commitment to engage a younger generation and diverse communities, this year we expanded our summer programming to attract an audience of young, culturally diverse adults. From June through August, we activated The Music Center Plaza every Friday night with DJs and free Dance Downtown dancing-under-the-stars experiences. Our highly successful work in Grand Park reached new levels, with events such as Grand Park’s Bookfest and Grand Park’s Día de los Muertos. Our July 4 and New Year’s Eve events reached new milestones with Grand Park + The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. now recognized as the west coast’s flagship New Year’s Eve celebration.
Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center continues to bolster its international stature by presenting new and emerging artists along with classic works. We introduced an exciting new chapter in dance with the world premiere of BalletNow, an original three-performance program commissioned by The Music Center, featuring an international ensemble of 18 major dancers from 12 countries.
Audiences also experienced The Music Center campus in new ways with our commission of Moves After Dark. This sold-out series featured four L.A.-based female-led dance companies performing in unexpected places such as inside the pool of The Music Center’ Mark Taper Forum, in The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Founders’ Room and on the steps of The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. We also premiered Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours, a late night, immersive, multi-sensory series that transforms our iconic buildings sonically, visually and spatially.
The Music Center and its resident companies are highly committed to arts education and outreach programs that provide access to the arts to the many communities that comprise L.A. County. Collectively, we reached more than 1.1 million students, teachers, parents and members of the community with these programs.
As The Music Center’s new president and CEO, I’m committed to moving The Music Center forward with the strength, ingenuity and creativity to meet and exceed the needs and interests of Angelenos, helping to define what it means to be a performing arts center of the 21st century.
In October, The Music Center’s board chair, Lisa Specht, announced the hiring of Rachel S. Moore to be the performing arts center’s new president and CEO. A gifted administrator with a commitment to artistic excellence and proven leadership in building an arts institution, Moore is the first artistic leader to be named to this role. She is committed to moving The Music Center forward with the strength, ingenuity and creativity to meet and exceed the needs and interests of Angelenos and help define what it means to be a performing arts center of the 21st century.