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Music Center celebrates its 50th with Dudamel, L.A. Dance Project
Music Center celebrates its 50th with Dudamel, L.A. Dance Project

Turning 50 compels some people to attempt a risky new adventure — sky diving, perhaps, or white-water rafting or, for extremists, running with the bulls at Pamplona. Count L.A.'s Music Center in. Its 50th anniversary celebration includes something that has rarely, if ever, been attempted in major performance venues: a dance piece that electronically straddles two celebrated halls. For the gala birthday bash on Dec. 6, Gustavo Dudamel will strike up the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Walt Disney Concert Hall, kicking off the Phil's evening concert with "Helix," a rhythmically driving piece composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Dudamel's predecessor as the...

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