The press on Wednesday got its first peek inside the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with an added preview of three October galas set to launch the place. And the conclusion: If you like bright floral prints, this is the venue for you.
The first opening-night gala, Oct. 23, will be the traditional black-tie event. And black is probably the safest color for patrons so as not to clash with the bright floral seats and carpets screaming with oranges, greens and fuchsias. Dinner will be served in tents on Grand Avenue, which may be closed for as much as two weeks. Joachim Splichal, who heads the Patina Group that runs the Music Center’s dining operations, says 200,000 peas will be sacrificed for the first course alone — a tasty cauliflower and pea soup with Oestra caviar.
The next night’s gala — with ducats available for only $500 apiece vs. the $1,500-$5,000 price on the first night — will be held in the nooks and crannies around the concert hall, with local musicians performing in the smaller BP Hall.
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Gala chairwoman Ginny Mancini said the final gala, on Oct. 25, “will honor film music which needs to be appreciated more.” For a mere $125,000, tickets and gala seating can be had for 10 for all three nights. This comes with “prominent recognition” in the inaugural program and “lifetime recognition” on a seat plaque.
So start looking for that chartreuse gown. It will go great with the carpet.