W.M Keck Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall
The Music Center of Los Angeles County celebrates the eighth season of the highly acclaimed World City performance series featuring internationally renowned artists sharing their culture through dance, music, song and storytelling. Performances are free to the public and usually take place on select Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. except April 17, 2011, when it will take place on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Free art-making workshops for children are offered in the adjacent Blue Ribbon garden following the performances.
World City opens its eighth season on October 16, 2010 with Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble. The series continues on November 20, 2010 with Red Thunder showcasing the unique heritage of the Plains Indians. Additional performers include Chen Kuai Le Puppet Theater, Hot 8 Brass Band, A Gaelic Gathering, The Tinkers, Sakai Flamenco and Les Yeux Noirs. Dates and specific information follows.
Offering an impressive roster of international and national touring artists, as well as acclaimed local artists, each month a particular culture is featured through the performances of one or more companies. "World City champions a local to global perspective, featuring arts traditions which represent the cultural landscape of Los Angeles and the wider world," says Barbara Leonard, Artistic Director for Education at the Music Center.
The post-performance art workshops offer attendees a chance to participate in the creative process with simple, hands-on art activities focused on the cultural theme of that day. Workshops will include the creation of masks, puppets, headdresses, and musical instruments. "We have built a loyal and diverse audience with a passion for the arts. Through World City, they discover a common humanity in the broad range of performances and visual arts workshops," notes Leonard.
World City is presented at the W.M. Keck Foundation Children's Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are free and are distributed on Grand Avenue at 2nd Street. Tickets for 11:00 a.m. performance distributed beginning at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for 12:30 p.m. performance distributed beginning at 11:00 a.m.
World City is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Additional support is provided by the Julia Stearns Dockweiler Foundation, the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, and the Peter and Merle Mullin Endowment Fund.
For more information about World City, call 213-972-4396 or visit musiccenter.org.