Disney Hall Will Seduce

The LA Philharmonic’s new Frank Gehry-designed concert hall is beginning to take final form. “Curvaceous and shiny as a Hollywood starlet, Disney Hall will have little trouble seducing the Philharmonic from the gloomy luxury of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion across the street. Despite its cheerful predictions, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, like other American orchestras, struggles for listeners and money. Its endowment of $57 million is precariously low for an institution of this size. Forty million dollars of a ‘quiet’ $100 million drive is said to be promised. Skeptics note the Disney’s near-death struggle for funds and believe the well may have run dry.”