September 30, 2014

Ford Amphitheatre Starts Renovation September 2014

 

Will Pre-empt 2015 Summer Season.

Construction to the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre is scheduled to begin in September 2014, and will pre-empt the 2015 summer season. The improvements will enhance both the guest and performer experiences and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2016.

At 1,200 seats, the Ford Theatres create an intimate concert experience that is a favorite among Angelenos. The historic venue was built in 1920 and is located in a County regional park in the Hollywood Hills. It is owned and operated by the County of Los Angeles and operated through a three-way partnership between the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Ford Theatre Foundation. Two shows remain in the 2014 summer repertory for those who would like to experience the theater before it reopens in 2016.

Saturday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m.—Long Beach Opera performs the L.A. premiere of John Adams’ homage to the Northridge quake, “I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky,”
to commemorate its 20th anniversary. The Ford’s natural setting and excellent acoustics will make John Adams’ earthquake romance by the ­­­ Long Beach Opera quite magical. Titled after a quote from someone who experienced the 1994 Northridge earthquake firsthand, the story is set amid the aftermath of L.A.’s last mega quake, where seven young, diverse Angelenos are intertwined on their journey toward love and self discovery. Adams’ opera-musical hybrid is a modern-day Threepenny Opera that weds blues, gospel, minimalism, funk and pop.

Saturday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m.—Choreographer
Daniel Ezralow brings his L.A.-based Ezralow Dance company
to perform a commissioned world premiere with live music. Ezralow has created choreography and aerial choreography for theater, film, opera and television around the world, among them, the 2014 Sochi Olympics opening ceremonies and The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil.

Ford summer season events are presented in partnership with Los Angeles County arts organizations and producers. Unlike a traditional presenting model, these organizations apply to be part of the season and receive significant marketing, box office and house management support while keeping the majority of box office proceeds.

“It’s an exciting time for the Ford and the artists and producers who present here,” said Laura Zucker, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. “Although we will have to pre-empt the 2015 summer season for this construction, we know it’s important to ensure the Ford’s future viability as a cultural and historical resource for the communities of Los Angeles County.”

The Ford Theatres are located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90068. Ticket prices range from $45-$125. For more information about parking and free shuttle service or for tickets: www.FordTheatres.org or call 323 461-3673 (323 GO 1-FORD).

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County. The Arts Commission provides leadership in cultural services for the County, including funding and job opportunities, professional development and general resources, www.lacountyarts.org.