LA – In our house, it’s all about art. As a curator at the J Paul Getty Museum, it will come as no surprise that we go to the Getty…a lot. So, I thought I’d share with you another favorite So Cal outing that we enjoy doing as a family. 1. We are huge fans of the LA Philharmonic Toyota Symphonies for Youth at Disney Hall. For $20 a ticket, you can learn about classical music and hear it played by incredible musicians that play with incredible passion. At the last concert, my daughter and I were so moved by the Simon Bolivar Orchestra playing Mahler’s 5th symphony that we both cried.
It’s worth it to arrive early. The kids can make crafts, touch a violin or even play an instrument near the entrance! The concert hall has to be one of the most beautiful halls in the world. Due to Dudamel’s influence, you get young conductors whose enthusiasm draws you in. “The program – inspired by Venezuela’s revolutionary El Sistema – the LA Phil and its community partners provide free instruments, intensive music training, and academic support to students from underserved neighborhoods, enabling every child to contribute using their full potential,” as per their website.
2. After the concert, peruse the beautifully designed bookstore. There’s something for everyone — CD’s, books, toys, jewelry, and for those with a sense of humor, enjoy the plush dolls representing Mozart, Puccini, and Wagner.
3. From the Disney Concert Hall we often buy dinner at the Grand Central Market on Broadway. It’s been there since 1917 and has an international flare. There are always bargains and you can shop for fresh produce, spices, meats, fresh fish or just go for an ice cream treat! A favorite dinner we like to prepare after the market run is chicken mole (green, red, chocolate). The highlight of the day is recapping our adventures at the family dinner table where more times than not, our daughter has an insight into the symphony that we never could have imagined! For more on Stephanie, click here.