Grand opening of Grand Park set for Oct. 6 in downtown Los Angeles

The County of Los Angeles will celebrate the grand opening of the
now completed Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 6. Visitors to Grand
Park that day will enjoy entertainment in all four blocks of the park,
culminating in the first Los Angeles performance by international aerial
movement pioneer, Bandaloop, with a large-scale vertical dance suspended
hundreds of feet high on the exterior of City Hall.

The day’s festivities begin with “A Taste of
Dance,” presented by The Music Center as part of its Active Arts series, on The
Music Center Plaza, where visitors will enjoy dance lessons in a variety of
styles in a salute to Latino Heritage Month.

Programming continues on Grand
Park’s Fountain Plaza with a novel, high-energy performance in the Arthur J.
Will Memorial Fountain. “A Fanfare for Grand Park,” features a dance and
live music. Musicians in the
“Fanfare” orchestra include the classical quintet “Brass Pacifica,” members of
the well-known “Mariachi Los Camperos” and West African master drummer, Malick
Sow.

The evening’s entertainment will continue on the Performance Lawn,
launching Grand Park’s “World Jazz Series,” with music by Latin Jazz duo “Dos y
Mas,” featuring percussionist/composer Arturo Stable and pianist/composer Elio
Villafranca.

Later park
visitors will see video projections on the Community Terrace and join the public opening of the last section of the park, the Event Lawn,
led by County Supervisor Gloria Molina and other special guests.

Visitors will
see a dance performance as Bandaloop lights up the exterior of City Hall with an
invigorating, large-scale vertical dance. Dancers will turn City Hall into a vertical dance floor  while suspended from
climbing ropes.

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