New Building Music To L.A.'s Ears

The new Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles is drawing praise for its beauty as well as its functionality.
October 22, 2003, 8am PDT | Connie Chung
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"Its silvery cascades are one of the most beautiful sights anywhere in the U.S. If you have seen the Grand Canyon, another sun-drenched, curvy thing of hypnotic power, you have some idea of what the Disney Hall is like....Splendor is not too strong a word for what Gehry has brought to downtown Los Angeles. But for a long time, trouble was an appropriate word too. 'We went through hell,' says Gehry....'But in the end, we made it work.' That's putting it mildly on both counts. The Disney Hall may be one of the most anguished creative triumphs since the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. But now that it's here, it can be counted on to reverberate not just through L.A. but across the U.S., raising the stakes everywhere for what a building can be."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 in Time
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