The Music Center is one of the most impressive performing arts centers in the United States. It is also one of the largest. For the past five decades, the Center has provided Los Angeles County with the finest performing arts experiences, acting as both presenter and as host to four world-class organizations: LA Philharmonic, Center Theatre Group, LA Opera and LA Master Chorale.
The Music Center’s venues are among the best known in the world and include the following:
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (3,107 seats), the first and largest of the Center’s venues, opened in 1964. It is home to LA Opera and the Center’s own Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center. For decades, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was home to the LA Philharmonic and more than 20 Academy Awards presentations.
Ahmanson Theatre (1,600 to 2,007 seats) opened in 1967, is home to Center Theatre Group, which produces and presents large-scale theater and musical theater productions on its stage.
Mark Taper Forum (739 seats) is also home to Center Theatre Group; the circular building has a thrust stage offering seating on three-sides. The Mark Taper Forum underwent a $30 million renovation in 2007-08.
Walt Disney Concert Hall (2,265 seats), designed by Frank Gehry and completed in 2003, is the newest of The Music Center’s major venues. It is home to the LA Philharmonic and LA Master Chorale. The audience chamber is configured in a “vineyard” style, providing seating on all four sides of the stage.
Music Center Plaza (225,000 square feet) is an expansive outdoor urban venue that hosts events such as National Dance Day, LA Arts Month, festivals, live simulcasts and weekend activities for dance as well as many private and civic celebrations, special events and galas.
W. M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre (350 seats) is a hidden gem located on the rooftop of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and adjacent to The Blue Ribbon Garden
Blue Ribbon Garden is the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s rooftop garden. Nearly an acre in size, the garden is serves as a backdrop to pre- and post-theater receptions, private events and children’s programming.
Grand Park– “The Park for Everyone” – sits between The Music Center and City Hall, stretching over four city blocks. Although managed under the aegis of The Music Center, Grand Park currently operates with its own staff leadership, budget and programming. To date, collaborations and co-presentations have been minimal, but there is great opportunity for Grand Park to become a significant portion of The Music Center’s reach into the community. http://grandparkla.org
More information on The Music Center, its programs and venues can be found on their website: http://www.musiccenter.org/
The Music Center operates on an annual budget of over $65 million with a fulltime staff of 225. Notwithstanding this enormous team, the internal culture of The Music Center is one of service to clients and audiences as well as collegiality with each other.
In June 2015, Rachel Moore was tapped to become The Music Center’s President and CEO, beginning her new position on October 5. She is the former CEO of American Ballet Theatre and is the first Music Center leader who comes from the artistic producing world (vs. venue management). Ms. Moore replaces Stephen Rountree, who resigned in December 2014 after a 12-year tenure to take a position with Center Theatre Group.
The Music Center’s multiple resident companies offer extraordinary programming within their various disciplines in classical and orchestral music, opera, choral music and theater. The Music Center therefore focuses primarily on other programming disciplines and areas. Key among these is dance, and the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center series is at the center of its programming efforts. Major national and international dance companies have graced the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (the primary venue used for the Glorya Kaufman series) including, The Royal Ballet, The Bolshoi, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Mark Morris Dance Group, among many others.
The Education department seeks an energetic and dynamic Program and Events Manager to join its team. The Music Center’s Education department serves students and educators throughout Los Angeles County with arts education programs and experiences in dance, music, theatre and visual arts. During the 2016-17 school year, The Music Center’s Education department served over 135,000 students and educators.
Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Education, the Program and Events Manager position is responsible for implementing, managing and coordinating events for the Education department of The Music Center, including two large-scale annual arts festivals and 3-5 student dance matinee performances each year.
Principal responsibilities include but are not limited to:
$48,000 - $55,000, non-exempt; salary is commensurate with experience.
To be fully considered for the position, please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] or fax to: (213) 972-802