The Music Center Announces World City 2012|13 10th Anniversary Season

World City™ at The Music Center Presents Free Performances and Art-Making Workshops to Delight the Whole Family

Exploring for 10 Years! Get a World City Explorer Passport!

LOS ANGELES (September 5, 2012) — World City at The Music Center invites the public to a free series of performances featuring internationally renowned artists sharing their culture through dance, music, puppetry and storytelling.  Performances are free to the public and take place on select Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre at The Walt Disney Concert Hall. Free art-making workshops for children are offered in the adjacent Blue Ribbon garden following the performances.

World City at The Music Center opens its tenth season on September 15, 2012 with Barynya, celebrating the music, dance and song of Russia.  The series continues on October 13, 2012 and travels to the rich Creole culture of Louisiana, presenting the exuberant, Grammy Award-winning Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience. Additional performers include Step Afrika!, Cimarrón, Väsen and Liao Wen Ho Puppet Theatre, among others (full season list and descriptions follow). Offering an impressive roster of international and national touring artists, each engagement showcases a particular culture that is featured through the performances of one or more companies.

The post-performance visual arts workshops, designed by Music Center Teaching Artists, give children the opportunity to explore the featured culture through unique art-making projects such as calligraphy, puppets and musical instruments.

“Over the course of World City’s ten seasons, we will have celebrated the arts traditions of 72 different cultures, featuring 130 extraordinary companies of musicians, dancers, and theatre artists—from Tuvan throat-singers to Peruvian scissors dancers to Watts wordsmiths and poets. Each World City event is a revelation and an inspiration, as these unique artists allow us a glimpse into something enduring from their particular part of the globe,” said Barbara Leonard, Artistic Director for Education at The Music Center. As a special anniversary gift to World City audiences, attendees are invited to get a World City Passport, available at each performance! Part geo-quest, part travel journal, the passport can be used to document explorations as participants travel with World City this year. Bring the passport to each World City to get stamped and add photos, drawings and other inspiring thoughts about the culture and traditions presented that day. At the end of the season, the passport will be filled with World City stamps and the journal filled with memories.

World City at The Music Center is presented at the W.M. Keck Foundation Children's Amphitheatre at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles. Free tickets are distributed on Grand Avenue at 2nd Street, starting at 10:00 a.m. for the 11:00 a.m. performance and at 11:00 a.m. for the 12:30 p.m. performance.

World City at The Music Center is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The Jill & Curtis Kaufman Fund, Macy’s, the Julia Stearns Dockweiler Foundation, Sue Tsao and The Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Music Center Leadership Council and Wells Fargo.

For more information about World City at The Music Center, visit or call (213) 972-4396.



September 15, 2012

Barynya (Music & Dance, Russia)

Barynya performs traditional Russian, Ukrainian, Cossack, Siberian, Jewish and Russian Gypsy dances in colorful, hand-made costumes including sarafans, rubashkas, sapoges and kosovorotkas. Barynya’s virtuoso musicians play authentic musical instruments such as the balalaika (a triangular shaped guitar), garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion), balaliaka contrabass, bayan accordion, Gypsy guitar, violin and domra.


October 13, 2012

Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience (Music, Creole Culture)

For three decades, Grammy Award-winning musician Terrance Simien has been sharing his zydeco roots music through performances in over 7,000 concerts in 45 different countries. Zydeco is the indigenous music of the French-speaking Creoles of south central and south west Louisiana. The rousing zydeco sound features the button accordion and a unique percussion instrument called the zydeco rubboard or frottoir.


November 10, 2012

Git-Hoan Dancers (Music & Dance, Pacific Northwest—Tsimshian)

The Git-Hoan Dancers (The People of the Salmon), proudly represent the Tsimshian tribes who live on the Northwest Coast of North America and trace their ancestry to the village of Metlakatla in Southeast Alaska. They perform with stunning, hand-carved masks, authentic skin and wood drums and colorful hand-made regalia emblazoned with symbols of their culture.


January 19, 2013

Yuval Ron Ensemble (Music & Dance, Middle East)

The first World City of the New Year features the Yuval Ron Ensemble presenting a concert of mesmerizing music and dance of the Middle East. The performers include Arabic, Jewish and Christian artists who come together to unite the sacred musical traditions of Judaism, Sufism (Islamic mystical tradition) and the Christian Armenian Church into a unique musical celebration.

February 23, 2013

Step Afrika! (Dance, African America, Africa)

Like a band without instruments, stepping is a percussive dance that uses kicks, stomps, claps and chants to create visually and musically exciting rhythms that enthrall audiences. As the world’s first professional dance company devoted to stepping, Step Afrika! is a high energy performance with

roots in African dance and military marching. The performance includes a South African gumboot dance, a South African Zulu dance, and routines in collegiate step traditions practiced by men and women all across the United States.

March 30, 2013

Cimarrón (Music, Colombia)

Cimarrón is the celebrated ensemble from Los Llanos Orientales, the vast plains that stretch from Colombia into Venezuela. The ensemble performs rapid and joyous music sung with high-pitched voices reminiscent of Andalusian Gypsy roots. Cimarrón is a seven piece band, led by harpist and composer Carlos Rojas, that has been working together for over twenty years.


April 28, 2013 – Sunday Performance

Väsen (Music, Sweden)

Väsen is a Swedish acoustic instrumental trio that has been touring world-wide for over two decades. They bring playfulness and vitality to the musical traditions of the Uppland, transforming venerable polskas and waltzes into modern groove masterpieces. Their musical interplay is a combination of structure and improvisation as they swing through arrangements with pure joy, endearing them to audiences everywhere.


Scandia Dancers (Dance & Music, Sweden, Norway, Finland)

The Scandia Dancers of Southern California perform a repertoire of traditional folk dances in authentic hand-made costumes from the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Norway and Finland. Each suite of dances has its own specific styling, steps and formations including reinlander, schottis, polska, hambo, vals and turdans.


May 18, 2013

Liao Wen Ho Puppet Theatre (Puppetry, Taiwan)

Internationally acclaimed Liao Wen Ho Puppet Theatre performs in the classic style of Taiwanese glove puppetry with a cast of puppet characters ranging in design from regal to fantastical. The troupe preserves this traditional puppetry art while introducing innovations such as an expansive stage, lighting and special effects and large-size puppets, including fanciful animals and martial arts action-figures.


July 2013

Special July Performance to Close the 10th Anniversary Season!

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A leader at the cultural heart of Los Angeles County, The Music Center brings to life one of the world’s premier arts destinations by creating opportunities for arts participation, enabling compelling programming and providing first-class venues and services. The Music Center is one of the largest and most highly regarded performing arts centers in the country, creating a cultural hub that is central to L.A.’s status as “the creative capital” of the world. Celebrated for its illustrious dance programming Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and home to four world-class resident companiesCentre Theatre Group, LA Opera, LA Phil, and Los Angeles Master Chorale – The Music Center is the place to experience the most innovative and critically-acclaimed performing arts in the nation. In its effort to extend the reach and accessibility of the performing arts, The Music Center is a national model for experiences in which people participate directly through its Active Arts® at The Music Center. As well, The Music Center presents special productions, events and festivals for children and families, including World City™ at The Music Center. Each year, over one million audience members delight in the excitement of live performances on The Music Center’s stages and enjoy free community arts events all year long across its outdoor campus. The Music Center is also on the forefront of arts education in Los Angeles, providing arts resources to students and teachers in schools and community centers throughout the region. For more information, visit


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