Disney Concert Hall Road To Music Marks Its 10th Year

Rob Lowman

would change a single molecule of it, Lavin said. I think that its a real piece of evidence of the importance of good architecture to the city. When Borda was brought into the Phil in 2000, there still was very little vision of how the hall would be used. One of her first decisions was to delay the opening by 10 months. It is absolutely critical that when the Hall opened, it was to be completely prepared, she says. The three days of opening galas proved to be an immense and unprecedented success in the classical music world. But the Phils president is quick to note that before the glamour parties, there was a week of free concerts for kids, teachers, volunteers, seniors and those who worked on the hall some 18,000 people in all. Our commitment is to be an important intersection between the artistic imperative and the social imperative, says Borda. That has been evident in the last decade by the Phils sponsorship of educational outreach programs and YOLA. Along the way, the organization has also become better off financially. Weve had a strong but balanced budget since 2003, says Borda. You cant have a healthy artistic institution if you dont have a healthy financial plan to back it up. Disney Hall is also a key component in the very complicated ongoing revitalization of downtown, says Alexander. Disney Concert Hall really embodies the civic aspirations of L.A. while at the same time employing the architectural and technological innovations of the day, Alexander says. Lavin believes that local affection for the building has grown over the years.

Concert will feature ‘best of the best’

Oct. 13. The Christ Church Chancel Choir performs at 4 p.m.Nov. 17. Dianne Williams on flute and pianist Brent Schloneger will perform at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 in a special concert to raise funds toward the purchase of a Steinway Grand piano for the church. Christine Brandes, an internationally acclaimed soloist, accompanied by organist Jonathan Dimmock, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. April 11. A freewill offering or donation is suggested for the six events in the series. Anyone is welcome to join the Christ Church Music Patrons Fund, which allows the church to underwrite the cost of events.

Concert series kicks off at Christ Church

Xies organization has sponsored a variety of cultural arts events since 2006. We bring the best of the best from China, Xie said. The musicians have performed in Washington, D.C., and will perform in two other cities in North Carolina. The final North Carolina performance will take place in Raleigh on Oct. 6. The four concerts will be conducted by He Jianguo, who led CNO concert tours in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Germany, Japan, the United States and Egypt. The orchestra has produced more than 15 CDs, and it has won numerous awards from the Chinese Ministry of Culture. Jian Zhang, president of Charlottes Chinese American Association, is excited about the Oct. 5 concert. This is the best Chinese music anyone can enjoy around the world. Its an opportunity of a lifetime, Zhang said. The goal of the Chinese American Association is to honor Chinese heritage with cultural events and to help Asians get into American life.