Kennedy Center’s Lucky Pre-shutdown Timing: Makeover For Concert Hall, Nso Black-tie Gala

The gala concert was scheduled more than a year ago, so the $1 million repair and paint job (white, silver, and gold, which nicely matched the NSOs gleaming new organ) was completed over the summer long before a government shutdown threatened the national arts complex. Yo-Yo Ma and Cameron Carpenter. (Margot Schulman) The Kennedy Center has an unusual relationship with the feds: The government pays for the building, grounds and upkeep; private donations pay for performances, staff and other programs, explained spokesman John Dow. The shutdown contingency plans allow concerts, shows and educational programs to continue, but tours will be suspended and the building closed until an hour before evening performances. Of the centers 1,200 full and part-time employees, about 50 are directly impacted by the government going out of business. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts chats with Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein at the gala. (Margot Schulman) Which gave the annual NSO gala a certain fin de siecle vibe: VIP patrons (including Justices John Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy) in gowns and tuxedos, a post-performance dinner and dancing in a candlelit tent, music lovers clustered around cellist Yo-Yo Ma, organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter (steampunk classical in a mohawk, feathered Victorian cravat and rhinestone boots), and conductor Christoph Eschenbach. The gala, chaired by former General Dynamics president Jay Johnson and Sydney Johnson, raised $1.3 million for the NSOs educational programs. Oh, and Rubenstein has a proposal for those warring factions on the Hill. As all of you have heard, music can be beautiful, he said. It can soothe people and make them feel better. So wed like to invite all 535 members of Congress to come tomorrow for a concert. .

Giddens performed two songs, including a traditional Scottish tune, and earned the night’s one in-show standing ovation. Watch above to get an idea of what Giddens sounded like (just amplify the stakes by Scott Rudin is sitting 10 feet away.) Check out the full “Another Night, Another Time” set list below: ACT ONE “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” The Punch Brothers “Rye Whiskey,” The Punch Brothers “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, The Punch Brothers “The Way It Goes,” Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings “The Midnight Special,” Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Willie Watson “I Hear Them All/This Land Is Your Land,” Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Willie Watson “Last Thing On My Mind,” Stark Sands, The Punch Brothers “New York,” Milk Carton Kids “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder,” Secret Sisters, The Punch Brothers “Go Down Smooth,” Lake Street Dive “Please Mr. Kennedy,” Elvis Costello, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver “Four Strong Winds,” Conor Oberst, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings “Man Named Truth,” Conor Oberst, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings “Tomorrow Is A Long Time,” Keb Mo “Blues Run The Game,” Colin Meloy “Joe Hill,” Colin Meloy, Joan Baez, Gillian Welch “All My Mistakes,” The Avett Brothers “How I Got To Memphis,” The Avett Brothers “Head Full Of Doubt,” The Avett Brothers ACT TWO “Mama’s Angel Child,” Jack White “Have You Heard John Hurt?,” Jack White “We’re Going to Be Friends,” Jack White “Waterboy,” Rhiannon Giddens, Hubby Jenkins, Jack A., Jay, Jackson Smith, Paul “S’iomadh Rid The Dhith Om / Ciamar A Ni Mi,” Rhiannon Giddens, Hubby Jenkins, Jack A., Jay, Chris, Paul, Gabe, Jackson Smith “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me,” Oscar Isaac, The Punch Brothers, Secret Sisters “Green, Green Rocky Road,” Oscar Isaac “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You,” Patti Smith, Jackson Smith “People Have The Power,” Patti Smith, Jackson Smith, Avett Bros., Lake Street Dive, Jay, Jack A., Tony Shanahan “Rock, Salt and Nails,” Bob Neuwirth, The Punch Brothers, Jay, Dave R., Jack A., Dave M. “The Auld Triangle,” The Punch Brothers, Marcus Mumford “Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby,” Carey Mulligan, Gillian Welch, Rhiannon Giddens “Five Hundred Miles,” Elvis Costello, Stark Sands, The Punch Brothers., Secret Sisters, Carey Mulligan “Which Side Are You On?,” Joan Baez, Dirk Powell, Chris Thile “House Of The Rising Sun,” Joan Baez, Dirk Powell “Give Me Cornbread When I’m Hungry,” Joan Baez, Dirk Powell, Marcus Mumford “I Was Young When I Left Home,” Marcus Mumford “Fare Thee Well,” Marcus Mumford, Oscar Issac, The Punch Brothers, Jay, Jack “Farewell,” Marcus Mumford, The Punch Brothers, Jay, Jack All photos by Rahav Segev. Loading Slideshow Carey Mulligan Actress Carey Mulligan performs at “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis” at The Town Hall on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Marcus Mumford, Oscar Isaac Musicians Marcus Mumford, left, and Oscar Isaac perform together during “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis” at The Town Hall on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Marcus Mumford, Oscar Isaac Musicians Marcus Mumford, left, and Oscar Isaac perform together during “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis” at The Town Hall on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Gillian Welsh, Rhiannon Giddens, Carey Mulligan Singers Gillian Welsh, left, Rhiannon Giddens and actress Carey Mulligan, right, perform together during “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis” at The Town Hall on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Marcus Mumford, Oscar Isaac Musicians Marcus Mumford, left, and Oscar Isaac perform together during “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis” at The Town Hall on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 in New York.

5 Memorable Moments From The ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Concert, ‘Another Day, Another Time’

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Get Walt Disney Concert Hall News and alerts free to your inbox At Sept. 30s gala under a tent on Grand Avenue in downtown L.A., Dudamel said he was fed turkey jerky for the first time on a plane ride and it gave him ideas. This wonderful party for music is a good thing, he said, praising his orchestra and when there was a smattering of applause, added, But louder, please. Deborah Borda, prexy of the L.A. Phil, said: Gustavo had a crazy, amazing idea for tonight. We told him it couldnt be done and then we found a videographer, Netia Jones, who could do it. The concert included screens suspended from the ceiling, which showed the development of the hall from sketches to models to the finished building, all set to music played by the L.A. Phil. Interspersed were interviews from architect Frank Gehry as well as newspaper articles that criticized and praised the facility. The program ranged from music by Bach and Tchaikovsky to tunes from Disney films with solo perfs by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Gehry himself came up to the podium and pretended to conduct but didnt speak to the audience, which included Mayor Eric Garcetti, Julie Andrews, John Williams, Albert Brooks, Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin, Michael Eisner, Alan Horn, Jane Fonda, Herbie Hancock, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Cheyenne Jackson, Chris ODonnell, Emmy Rossum, Jane Seymour and William Shatner. About $5 million was raised from the gala for the Phils education programs.

Concert preview: Perfectly Frank: Pop goes Broadway with ‘Wildhorn & Friends’ at BYU Bravo! series

Its great therapy for me, it gives me great joy and its something I really enjoy doing. The internationally popular composer brings Frank Wildhorn & Friends to the deJong Concert Hall Oct. 3 as part of BYUs Bravo! Performing Arts series. With the concerts, after my years as a writer for theater and in the pop world, I can also explain how I taught Sammy Davis Jr. this and Liza Minnelli that and Whitney Houston this, he adds. People seem to enjoy listening to those stories. So the combination of playing with a band again, which I love to do so much, and being able to share those stories has led to this new thing in my life, with Frank & Friends. Though a variety of soloists have appeared with Wildhorn, making each concert unique, the BYU performance will be unlike the preceding outings. This will be the first time for a bunch of things, he says, including: The first performance where he was hired directly by a university to perform, instead of through a commercial booking agency. The first time Into the Fire, the stirring breakout anthem of The Scarlet Pimpernel, will be sung with a large chorus of mens voices at his concert. The first time works from his latest show Excalibur, which will open in Switzerland in March, will be publicly performed. The first time songs will be included from Bonnie & Clyde, his last-seen-on-Broadway musical. Bonnie & Clyde is bittersweet for me, he explains. I love it very much, and audiences love the show. Its been staged internationally and been a hit everywhere its played, except for one city, New York City. While Jekyll & Hyde ran for four years on Broadway, his subsequent musicals have struggled to duplicate the long-running, widely sold out success. Wildhorn is highly popular with audiences, but he still gets the cold shoulder from some New York theater critics adverse to his pop pedigree.