The Music Center of Los Angeles County: Five Decades of Music, Theater, and Dance

SKU: 978-0873282628
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In this book, Margaret Leslie Davis presents the story of how a major American region recentered itself on the arts over the course of five decades. She traces the setbacks and triumphs as what was to become the Music Center developed world-class programs in theater, music, and dance, a saga ranging from the Civic Light Opera performances in the 1960s to the internationally acclaimed Ring cycle launched in 2010. The story of the Walt Disney Concert Hall unfolds over a period of sixteen tumultuous years, but equal attention is devoted to the programs of the Taper and Ahmanson theaters. Most of all, this is a story of the personalities who shaped the Music Center, including vivid portraits of Zubin Mehta, Roger Wagner, Gordon Davidson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Placido Domingo, and James Conlon, as well as many of the civic and philanthropic leaders who, beginning with Dorothy Buffum Chandler, made their achievements possible.
  • Hardcover
  • 264 pages
  • 8.5 x 9.5"
  • Copublished by The Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County and Huntington Library Press

Margaret Leslie Davis is a prolific author of books about the history of the American West, a region she calls the "Pastel Empire." She has written three acclaimed biographies of the empire builders of the region: Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los Angeles; Dark Side of Fortune: Triumph and Scandal in the Life of Oil Tycoon Edward Doheny; and The Culture Broker: Franklin Murphy and the Transformation of Los Angeles. Her latest book, Mona Lisa in Camelot: How Jacqueline Kennedy and Da Vinci's Masterpiece Charmed and Captivated a Nation (Da Capo), has been showcased on ABC's "Good Morning America," excerpted in Vanity Fair magazine, and featured in the London Sunday Times.

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