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Disney Hall’s Architecture, Not Its Music, Lures Many

Justin Timberlake Previewing ‘More Dangerous’ Music This Weekend

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The same design, called “Lillian” after original hall donor Lillian Disney, is replicated in the fabric upholstery created for the performance hall’s 2,265 seats. PANORAMA: Inside Walt Disney Concert Hall Lillian Disney, widow of Walt Disney, launched the campaign to build the 3.6-acre hall and garden on a former Bunker Hill parking lot used by jurors at the civil courthouse. She gave the project its first $50 million in 1987. It took an additional $274 million to actually design and build Disney Hall, with fundraising taking 12 years and construction taking four, Hilander explained to the group. Donors are thanked with discreet signage inside and outside the hall. The names of major ones are spelled out in steel lettering embedded in laser-cut industrial felt that lines one interior wall, she said. Donors’ names are also incorporated in outdoor courtyards. The building is illuminated by a combination of natural light and subtle electric lighting, she said. The backlighted Walt Disney Concert Hall sign near the hall’s main entrance at Grand Avenue and 1st Street is part of the signage that the Bruce Mau graphics firm created using a new typographic font called “Frank” in honor of Gehry. The designers said their goal was to have lettering that was “equally at home with philharmonic formal and downtown funky.” Leading the group into the performance hall, Hilander told of how Gehry even designed the look of the concert organ’s curved wooden pipes, built by German organ maker Caspar Glatter-Gotz in collaboration with tonal designer Manuel Rosales. TIMELINE: Walt Disney Hall through the years The soundproof concert hall has a mere 2% echo, she explained. “The acoustics here, designed by Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, are the best in the world.” As the tour continued, Hilander led the group to an area where the building’s structural skeleton has been left uncovered by the building’s 6,800 steel panels. “There are no right angles here,” she explained.

Evolution of Disney Hall in pictures

By Jocelyn Vena (@jocelyn1212) Justin Timberlake has a few tricks up his sleeve going into this weekend’s iHeartRadio Music Festival . And some of the rabbits he’s pulling out of his top hat are unreleased tracks off The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 out September 30. “It’s gonna be fun to play this year. Well I have not put the set list together yet because, as you know, I procrastinate on things like that. We’re looking at playing some new material from the second half of this record,” the “Take Back The Night” singer said of the follow-up to March’s The 20/20 Experience in an interview with Ryan Seacrest on Thursday. Timberlake has already teased to MTV News that the second half will be the “more dangerous” older sister, saying, “The first half the sun is out the second half the moon is out, I don’t know.” In addition to new music, Timberlake will soon hit the big screen in “Runner Runner” alongside Batman himself, Ben Affleck. “It’s an exciting movie it’s a lot of fun too. I got excited when I first read the script because it reminded me of a certain genre of thriller that you and I probably grew up with,” he said of the film, which hits theaters on October 4. “The characters are really intelligent. It just felt like a nice little twist but also an homage to the thrillers that I love growing up. And then Ben Affleck signed on. We had a lot of fun shooting it. It’s smart and it’s got a lot in it.” The same day he appeared on Seacrest’s radio show, the “Today” show teased a part of their upcoming interview with the pop star, where he weighs in on Miley Cyrus’ headline-making VMA performance, which he previously likened to performances from Britney Spears and Madonna .