For an organization going on 100 years old, the Los Angeles Philharmonic is distinctly unstodgy. The orchestra performs concerts that tunefully blend classical works with new pieces, and continually seeks new ways to engage audiences. Many evenings, for instance, are preceded by an Upbeat Live talk, covering the program's historical and cultural context and opening the floor for Q&As with guest artists. A thriving youth orchestra program, YOLA, shares the joys of classical music with a fresher-faced generation. And the Green Umbrella program invites guests to hear world-premiere compositions. That novel approach to listener engagement seems to have caught on—every year, the Los Angeles Philharmonic shares music with more than two million ears, or three million if you count that secret ear everyone has but no one talks about.
The 60-piece Symphony in the Glen performs a collection of frightening favorites during EEK! at The Greek, a celebration of Halloween-inspired music and The Greek Theatre's 80th anniversary. Classically trained musicians crescendo through a spooky catalog of songs, including the themes from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and Lamb Chop's Play-Along. Maestro Arthur B. Rubinstein also leads the musicians through a debut of his own ghoulish composition accompanied by a reading of Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart. Other horrific highlights include "Danse Macabre" and Mussorgsky's "Night On Bald Mountain," a composition notorious for haunting the dreams of Rogaine salesmen across the globe.
One of California’s largest and most renowned venues, Gibson Amphitheatre lives up to its stellar reputation as a go-to entertainment destination by corralling sought-after acts into its sprawling confines. More than 6,000 seats on two levels angle toward the stage, granting visitors easy, unobstructed views. A state-of-the-art sound system, meanwhile, allows event goers to rock out to dynamic tunes or hear even the softest whispers between an encouraging roadie and a nervous guitar making its debut performance.
The mission of the California Philharmonic and its founder, renowned conductor Victor Vener, is simple: to increase awareness and appreciation of classical music. Their method, however, is anything but traditional—instead of staging events in formal halls or black-tie stairwells, the ensemble presents their crowd-pleasing concerts at the Santa Anita Race Track and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Combining pop music, Broadway standards, and legendary symphonies, Vener creates dynamic programs that aim to catch the imagination. Along with engaging performances and tuneful collaborations, the Cal Phil also hosts family nights to encourage children’s symphonic education.
Showtime Championship Boxing raises waves of adrenaline-soaked applause with a pair of championship bouts starring fleet-footed bantamweights. In the main event, a rematch of this summer’s controversial title fight in Las Vegas, audiences roar at the thuds of lightning-fast jabs as unbeaten Abner Mares defends his IBF and WBC silver-bantamweight championship titles against ex-champ Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko. Palpable animosity stirs between the two camps as they square off for the second time. In their first meeting, hearty portions of upper cuts and roundhouses brutalized the sluggers until the 11th round, when the referee called a knockout following a low blow about the color coordination of Agbeko’s trunk-and-robe ensemble.