In 1964 the Music Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors in Los Angeles, California. In 2005 they celebrated 40 years of music and performances with The Making of a Cultural Icon. In 2003 the center was added to with the Frank Gehry building called the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum, and Ahmanson Theater are all part of the music center, offering 11 acres of music halls for various programs and events.
There is a campus for the musically minded, where they can stay and learn from some of the top musicians. The original building was designed by Welton Becket after Dorothy Buffum Chandler raised $20 million in private donations for the Music Center. Today, the entire property is considered an anchor for Grand Avenue.
School programs include art, language, and social studies, as well as music programs. Otherwise, visitors can attend any event that is planned for the year. A few offerings have been Leap of Faith and Dutoit conducts Romeo and Juliet. As a performing arts center plays, opera, ballet, and music concerts are held here throughout each month of the year, and special Christmas events are often provided.