Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is a concert hall in Los Angeles, which was built by Frank Gehry in 2003. It is named after the movie producer Walt Disney and is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.


The complex is located on the hill of Bunker Hill 111 South Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles and is bounded by Hope Street, Grand Avenue, 1st and 2nd Streets to. It is one of four buildings meeting of the Los Angeles Music Center, one of the largest centers for the performing arts in the United States.

Opened by the architect and designer Frank Gehry on 23 October 2003 Walt Disney Concert Hall is one because of its modern architecture and acoustics of the most important concert halls in the world. While the architecture provoked ( as with other Gehry works ) mixed opinions, the acoustics of the concert hall has been widely praised, in contrast to the nearby Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

In the building of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel and the choir Los Angeles Master Chorale are located. The construction of the concert hall is due to a public-private partnership initiative between Lillian Disney (1899-1997), other members of the Disney family and sponsors and the Los Angeles County.

The building of stainless steel in the shape of a large sailing ship with curved and wavy outlines. It has an area of ​​2,140 square meters and can accommodate 2,265 visitors. The complex houses next to the concert hall -wide foyers, and are followed by numerous side rooms for launch events and private gatherings.

The ceiling in the form of wooden arches and the staggered arrangement of seats provide a modern acoustics and the character of a traditional concert hall. For the acoustics of the sound Yasuhisa Toyota was responsible for one of the main experts in the sector. Around the orchestra stage, the seats were arranged and in the back there is a pipe organ in the middle of the seats. Around the building, gardens and parks were created.


The organ was built in 2004. The instrument was built by the organ builders Rosales and Caspar Glatter- Götz ( Pfullendorf ). The unusual brochure design was designed by architect Frank Gehry. The instrument has 104 registers ( 6,125 pipes ) to 4 manuals and pedal. The play and Registertrakturen are electric.


Architect and building are the subject of an episode of the animated series The Simpsons. In the 14th episode of the 16th season Marge Simpson asks the guest star Frank Gehry to design a concert hall for Springfield. Uninterested Gehry crumples the appeal letter and throws it on the sidewalk, but then spontaneously inspired by the sight of the paper wad to design the concert hall. The inhabitants Springfields are initially excited and let Gehry build the facility, but flee the inaugural concert by the opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth from the hall. The concert hall is then bought by the rich Mister Burns and converted into a prison.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is also a key venue in the Drama The Soloist of 2009, the film tells the story of a homeless and schizophrenic cellist. In the two main roles, the actor Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. are shown.