LA Phil Gala 2013
In a tent over Grand Avenue, under what appeared to be a universe of stars, the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebrated the 10th anniversary of Walt Disney Hall at its annual LA Phil Gala.
Readers can find my online story about the spectacular Sept. 30 affair here in the “All the Rage” section of the LA Times and the photo gallery here. My story and pictures will also be in print in the newspaper’s Sun., Oct. 13 Image section.
Just a few more thoughts… No one could miss the fact that the night paid tribute to the hall’s visionary architect Frank Gehry. His quotes were projected onto the walls during the reception and onto screens during the concert. Between selections, we also heard Gehry’s voice speaking the words.
So many VIPs … Every time I turned around, I saw another prominent figure on L.A.’s landscape. Some were Eva and Marc Stern, Jane and Michael Eisner, Annette and Peter O’Malley, Lenore and Bernard Greenberg, Claude and Alfred Mann, Maria Hummer Tuttle and Robert Holmes Tuttle, Judy and Tom Beckmen, Sutton and Christian Stracke, Joan and John Hotchkis, Linda May and Jack Suzar, Edye and Eli Broad, Andrea and John Van de Kamp, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Amy Wakeland, Carol and Murray Grigor, Nancy and Barry Sanders, Alyce Williamson, Lynn Booth, Ginny Mancini, Joni Smith, Jerry Perenchio and many others.
More familiar faces were Lyn and Norman Lear, Jane Fonda and Richard Perry, Kimberly and Albert Brooks, Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin, Elizabeth and William Shatner, Julie Andrews, Emmy Rossum, Helen Hunt, Ty Burrell, Ben Harper, Matthew Lillard, Chris O’Donnell, Daisy Fuentes, Anne Jeffreys, Richard Marx, Cheyenne Jackson, Richard Zakai, Burt Bacharach, Herbie Hancock and John Williams.
Diane Disney Miller chaired the gala; Eloisa Maturen Dudamel served as honorary chair. Co-chairs were Joan Hotchkis, Alyce Williamson and LA Phil chair David Bohnett, who started the official post-concert, pre-dinner ceremonies by welcoming patrons and thanking sponsors Rolex and Toyota.
Quotes of Note: Music director Gustavo Dudamel called the hall, “an amazing miracle” and said that he blamed his idea for the night’s wildly eclectic concert program on his first sampling of turkey jerky in a plane, seated beside his LA Phil colleagues in Row 1, Seats A, B and C.
“If you see this program objectively, you will think this guy is completely out of his mind because to go from Cage to Saint-Saens; then from the amazing music of Ades to Mahler and then Bach and Tchaikovsky… So, it’s crazy, but it worked. No?“ (To make the program yet more special, the legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed as soloist.)
Comedy great Albert Brooks, accompanied by artist Kimberly Brooks, said that despite growing up in Los Angeles and keeping up with everything new, including a visit to the city’s first sushi restaurant, “when people didn’t know what sushi was,” Brooks said this was his first visit to Disney Hall. “It’s about time I came here,” he said.
To Gehry, regarding the night’s salute, LA Phil president Deborah Borda said “We’ve done everything we could tonight to make you blush,” and then added, “You can never blush enough – we love you so much.”
Top photo: From left, honorary chair Eloisa Maturen Dudamel, architect Frank Gehry, LA Phil music director Gustavo Dudamel and John Williams at the LA Phil Gala 2013 (photo by Mathew Imaging, courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Second photo: Jane Fonda at the LA Phil Gala 2013 (photo by Mathew Imaging, courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Third photo: Ty Burrell of “Modern Family” at the LA Phil Gala 2013 (photo by Mathew Imaging, courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Fourth photo: Artist Kimberly Brooks and Albert Brooks at the LA Phil Gala 2013 (photo by Mathew Imaging, courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Fifth photo: A Frank Gehry quote projected during the reception at the LA Phil Gala 2013 (photo, SocietyNewsLA.com)
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Published Oct. 3, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA