The pipe organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall, in Los Angeles, has a range of ten octaves and is known as Hurricane Mama. In this week’s issue, Alex Ross reports on the resurgence of organ music in concert halls in Los Angeles and beyond.
Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney and a philanthropist who bucked powers-that-be in Los Angeles to keep architect Frank Gehry on the job during a crucial phase of planning the city’s new concert hall, has died. She was 79.
Architect Frank Gehry is best known for expressive sculptural exteriors like the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Yet his design for the Philadelphia Museum of Art works almost exclusively within the shell of our landmark building, which was completed in 1928. Notably, the east-west axis at its center will be opened up a to improve circulation and orientation.