The music of the evening ranged from Johann Sebastian Bach to Thomas Adès and was selected to tell the story of the hall's creation and to highlight its crystalline acoustics. The entire program was enhanced by suspended video screens created by video artist Netia Jones with input from the building's architect and the evening's honoree, Frank Gehry.
My favorite part of the evening was the beautiful dedication to Lillian Disney of "When You Wish Upon a Star," in acknowledgment of her generous role in making Disney Hall a reality. The evening was topped with a magical Disney touch: Snowflakes made of silver Mylar stars imprinted with “10th Anniversary” cascaded over the crowd.
The stainless-steel-wrapped Disney Hall frames the inside's giant music box. The surface of the oddly shaped interior is made of primarily of Douglas fir, a wood similar to that used in musical instruments to make them resonate. The hall has a very deep and clear sound that is ideal for a large orchestral group as well as smaller ensembles.
Behind the stage, a 6,134-pipe organ looms over the hall, coming together with jagged wooden pieces resembling a "Phantom of the Opera" piano with pipes.
Over its 10-year run, Disney Hall has reshaped the cultural landscape of the city of Los Angeles and brought to it a much-needed artistic and social face lift. The anniversary gala raised more than $5 million for the L.A. Philharmonic's music education programs that serve more than 120,000 youths, families and teachers every year.Facebook.com/LAPhil