So armed with my camera, off I went on this tour. This actually was not my first time in the facility. I attended a performance when the Hall was first opened. I enjoyed the performance and thought the acoustics and visuals were great but I was disappointed with my seating. We were seated directly behind the orchestra and couldn't see their faces. Just the backs of their heads. I couldn't help but think it would have been better if I could see their facial expressions. This leads me to my only disappointment of the tour. They do not allow you to tour the auditorium. They claim it's because of a demanding rehearsal and performance schedule so for the privilege of seeing the auditorium in person, I guess you'll have to pay.
Anyway, I'm showing a few photos of my tour. I'll start off with a photo of the auditorium that I acquired online (follow the link below it) followed by an original sketch for the venue by the architect Frank Owen Gehry. Incidentally, Gehry is notable not only for his design of the Disney Concert Hall but also for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.
Original Sketch by Frank Gehry
If you look very carefully you can see a white area against the hills in the middle of the photo- That's the Hollywood sign.
Perhaps the biggest surprise to me was learning that there was a Community Park - State Of California hidden in this masterpiece. This is a great place to sneak away (from jury duty) and have lunch. There's a cafe on the first floor with a great salad bar so you could buy a meal there or bring something with you. They also sell wine and beer if you're inclined. It was so peaceful walking through the garden.
There was also a fountain, with a unique story, located in the garden. I'll leave that for you to discover on your own.
This is the W.M. Keck Foundation Children's Amphitheatre. A great place to catch an outdoor performance. Perfect for kids!
Colorful Stair Case - It Reminds me of Beauty and the Beast for some reason!
A snap from the movie Beauty and the Beast
Views of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Just in case you want something to listen to, Here's Gershwin- Rhapsody in Blue - from the movie Fantasia 2000:
Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin