Music Center of Los Angeles 50th Anniversary Gala

The Music Center's 50th Anniversary Spectacular
Stana Katic, Paula Abdul Join Los Angeles Music Center’s Gala 50th Anniversary Celebration

 

 

The event: The Los Angeles Music Center’s 50th anniversary celebration dinner, which immediately followed a Dec. 6 performance spectacular, handily kept up the momentum in a tent rising four stories above The Music Center Plaza in downtown L.A.

The scene: After marveling at the plaza’s familiar Jacques Lipchitz fountain, transformed for the night into a lighted video tower, guests settled into a mix of round, square and rectangular tables for a shrimp and steak dinner by Patina. Immediately after the chocolate dessert, a massive burst of silver confetti signaled dance time, and the band launched into “Celebration,” “Can’t Hold Us” and more party songs.

The evening: A Champagne reception preceded the performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, at which a parade of celebrities…

The Music Center's 50th Anniversary Spectacular
Click here to read my whole story in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times. To see more pictures of the celebrities and VIP guests, scroll down the page to the photo gallery.   

The Music Center's 50th Anniversary Spectacular

 

As a side note: An exceptionally glamorous evening, Music Center supporters brought out the big jewels and more than a few women trailed trains behind their gowns. Carla Sands, president of the Blue Ribbon, the event’s host committee, turned up in a dazzling Monique L’hullier.

Of the celebrities, Stana Katic and Paula Abdul were, not surprisingly, standouts.

Katic, attending with her friend Edward Morrison, looked particularly stunning in a coppery gown. A regular at the Music Center, readers can click here and here and here to see Katic at other Music Center events, mingling with Los Angeles Opera’s Placido Domingo and others.

Paula Abdul, too, supports the arts and not long ago, was honored at a Los Angeles Ballet Gala – click here for details.

Others participating in the show and/or among dinner guests were Neve Campbell, Garcelle Beauvais, Kate Burton, Susan Graham, Jenna Elfman, Demian Bichir, Jane Kaczmarek, Nigel Lythgoe, Edward James Olmos, Phylicia Rashad, Judith Light, Davis Gaines, Debra Monk, Debbie Allen, John Glover, David Henry Hwang, Dale Kristien, Jennifer Leigh Warren, Tracie Bennett, Mayor Eric Garcetti, dance patron Glorya Kaufman, representatives of all four founding families: the Ahmansons, Chandlers, Disney Millers and Tapers, plus many more.

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Of the performances… without question my favorite were the vignettes from plays that had their world-premiere at the Mark Taper Forum.

Also fabulous: Susan Graham’s aria, Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake” and the L.A. Dance Project onstage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, while Gustavo Dudamel conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra via simulcast from the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The Music Center's 50th Anniversary Spectacular

Top photo: Dale Kristien of “Phantom of the Opera” onstage at The Music Center of Los Angeles 50th Anniversary Gala for a segment about musicals at the Ahmanson Theatre (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/ Getty Images for The Music Center)

Second photo: Stana Katic of “Castle” at The Music Center of Los Angeles 50th Anniversary Gala (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/ Getty Images for The Music Center)

Third photo: TV personality Paula Abdul at The Music Center of Los Angeles 50th Anniversary Gala  (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/ Getty Images for The Music Center)

Fourth photo: Blue Ribbon president Carla Sands at The Music Center of Los Angeles 50th Anniversary Gala  (Photo by Mathew Imaging for The Music Center)

Fifth photo: Neve Campbell of “Scream” and “Party of Five” at The Music Center of Los Angeles 50th Anniversary Gala  (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/ Getty Images for The Music Center)

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Sixth photo: Event co-chairs from left, Alyce Williamson, Judy Beckmen, Brindell Gottlieb and Eva Stern at The Music Center of Los Angeles 50th Anniversary Gala  (Photo by Craig T. Matthew/ Mathew Imaging for The Music Center)

 

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Music Center of LA 50th Anniversary Gala

Published Dec. 13, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA