World City Spins Music and Dance From Around the Globe

By Michael Berick

The Git-Hoan Dancers share their native culture from the Pacific Northwest. PHOTO COURTESY THE MUSIC CENTER

The Git-Hoan Dancers share their native culture from the Pacific Northwest. PHOTO COURTESY THE MUSIC CENTER

During the past dozen years, the Music Center’s World City program has introduced kids to more than 75 different cultures at the intimate, outdoor W.M. Keck Children’s Auditorium (111 S. Grand Ave., L.A.; www.musiccenter.org). This year’s World City offers another stellar international lineup of interesting acts.

Season 13’s seven-concert series begins Oct. 11 with a trip to Brazil when Los Masis and Bolivia Corazón de America perform traditional music and dance. Subsequent shows include the sights and sounds of East Africa (Samite and H’Sao Jan. 17), Bali (Gamelan Sekar Jaya Feb. 22) and Ukraine (DakhaBrakha April 11).

Besides the live performances (at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.), children can take part in art workshops themed around each World City event. World City tickets are free and are distributed starting at 10 a.m. for the 11 a.m. show and at 11 a.m. for the 12:30 p.m. performance.

October 11 is also the day the Music Center celebrates its 50th anniversary with an open house. There’ll be tours of the four Music Center venues, an outdoor print studio, a dance workshop, a pop-up museum and food demonstrations.

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