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The Greek Theatre, one of Los Angeles' most iconic music venues, was built in 1929 as a gift from wealthy immigrant Griffith J. Griffith, who wanted to give back to his adopted city. With a stage that evokes an ancient Hellenistic theater, modern sound systems, and clear sightlines, the venue combines old and new, much like cell phones made of Nintendo controllers.
The largest performing arts center in the world, Lincoln Center presents more than 400 performances of music, opera, and dance every year from the 16-acre Lincoln Center campus on the Upper West Side. With a ticket to the Tully Scope Festival, you’ll get your pick of 13 performances of world-class compositions. Tyondai Braxton’s experimental style presents a brain-bending blend of sweeping symphonics, crashing guitars, and heady compositions that defy categorization. The Western world’s first percussion ensemble, Les Percussions de Strasbourg will disperse themselves on stages throughout the darkened hall, surrounding the audience in their mallet-armed embrace. Every performance features a post-performance lounge where you can sip a complimentary cocktail and debate acceptable spellings of rutabaga. With today's Groupon in tow, you also earn a secret code good for purchasing additional performance tickets at a discounted $20.
The American Classical Orchestra safeguards the repertoire of 17th- to 19th-century composers, escorting venerable works into the future upon the notes of original and reproduction period instruments. Under the direction of Maestro Thomas Crawford and his onstage airboat, the ensemble's production of Wind Power breezes across Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets, and Telemann's Concerto in D, featuring dynamic and energetic Mexican recorder guru Horacio Franco. A pre-performance lecture at 7 p.m. offers to warm up ears with toasty educational tidbits. Mezzanine and balcony seating grants guests unobstructed views of the action inside the NYSEC Hall, which harbors more than 100 years of history within its storied walls.
Before the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts was even built, the idea for its Chamber Music Society was born. American composer and Lincoln Center President William Schuman helped specially design a recital hall in which the chamber group could play more than three centuries worth of musical compositions. But the Chamber Music Society didn't stay contained within its venue. Throughout the following half century, its musicians collaborated with dance companies, jazz projects, and festivals, helping to spread awareness and appreciation of their craft throughout the city.