Welcome to Los Angeles
Hooray for Hollywood! Explore the many elements that make up the sprawling and fascinating 467 square miles of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. In addition to being a mecca for popular culture, leading the world in the production of television programs, video games, recorded music, and movies, Los Angeles is a hub for high culture. It is home to noted museums and galleries, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and premier musical institutions including the Colburn School and USC’s Thornton School of Music.
During your stay under sunny California skies, revel in the opportunity to visit an impressive cross-section of all that the City of Angels has to offer. Visit and perform at many of the landmarks that make up the iconic cityscape. Experience the city’s spirit, rhythm and diversity as you share your music with local audiences!
Welcome to Los Angeles, California! Your discovery of the city begins with a guided panoramic tour through Hollywood, Beverly Hills and other exciting neighborhoods.
Search for stars and take in popular landmarks including Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Avenue of the Stars, and the Hollywood sign.
Your tour will end at the bustling Los Angeles Farmers Market, where you can buy lunch and browse the many vendor stalls.
Proceed to Studio City for a guided tour of one of the city’s famed studio lots. Get a behind-the-scenes look at historic and active backlot sets and peek into the prop warehouse.
Transfer to your hotel to check in and refresh. Rehearsal can be arranged this afternoon.
This evening, celebrate your arrival in LA at group welcome dinner in a lively restaurant.
Kick off your day with a friendship concert at a Los Angeles school. Join local students for a musical exchange and enjoy performing for each other and the school community.
After lunch, visit the Grammy Museum and explore the creative process, art, and technology involved in the recording process. An interactive workshop will give your ensemble insight into the world of music production.
For dinner, pick from many options at one of the city’s famed food halls or cafes.
Tickets can be arranged for a live performance at one of LA’s fantastic venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall or the Hollywood Bowl.
This morning head to beautiful Santa Monica to spend the day by the sea. En route, stop at the incredible Getty Center, home of the J. Paul Getty Museum, and also well-known for its unique architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles.
Continue to Santa Monica, a popular Pacific resort destination. Here you’ll perform on the Santa Monica Pier or at the Third Street Promenade.
In addition to the pier, you may want to explore Palisades Park, which stretches along the scenic bluffs overlooking the Pacific.
A festive farewell dinner will be arranged tonight with ample time to recount the many highlights of your tour!
Enjoy breakfast then church where your choir is invited to sing as part of the morning worship service. Following some time for fellowship with the congregation, depart for the airport and your flight home.
Additional activities ranging from a visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific to an afternoon at Echo Park Lake can be arranged to fill the day for those returning home on late-night flights.
Additional days, destinations, and activities can be added to customize this tour for your group.
Note: Participation in the Disney Performing Arts program and entrance to Disneyland can be included by adding one night to this itinerary.
Concert Tour Highlights
When D.W. Griffith decided to make his silent film “In Old California” in the village of Hollywood in 1910, nobody knew that the location would swiftly grow into the home of the
country’s entertainment industry. That same year, Hollywood merged with the city of Los Angeles. In 1911, the Nestor Company was established as the first movie studio in the district. By the 1920s, the motion picture business in Hollywood was the fifth-largest industry in the entire nation. Hollywood is home to a collection of historic theaters and
monuments such as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Bowl & the Dolby Theatre—home of the Academy Awards since 2002. Today, approximately 80,000 people live in Hollywood, making
it a densely populated and ethnically diverse neighborhood of individuals whom all live within a stone’s throw of the ever-famed sign that continues to pull in millions of visitors each year.
Friendship concerts are a featured experience on our tours and are at the heart of our mission to foster cultural connections through music. We benefit from a vast international network in the choral world built over our thirty years of helping choirs share their music both in the United States and abroad. Your choir will share a venue and a concert program with a host choir from the region. Your singers will have the opportunity to hear their host choir's repertoire (often showcasing local musical styles) and to share your own repertoire in turn. Fellowship time is planned around the friendship concert, giving both choirs the chance to mingle and enjoy the camaraderie of creating cross-cultural connections through a shared love of music.
DISNEY PERFORMING ARTS
Groups interested in adding a day to their Los Angeles concert tour can visit Disneyland Park where their ensemble's musical prowess will be displayed before an international audience or on the Royal Theatre stage at Disneyland® Park.
Disney Performing Arts OnStage offers your ensemble the opportunity to perform, learn, and have fun while doing it:
- Expose your group to the highest level of performance and get a taste of showbiz, Disney style.
- Learn teamwork and discipline while fostering artistic growth at one of the most high-profile venues in the world.
- Feel what it is like to be a Cast Member performing for Disney park Guests.
As an alternative to performance, your ensemble can enjoy a Premier Workshop tailored to one of the following themes: Musical Theater, Show Choir, Vocal Lab, Performance Lab.
For years, Santa Monica has offered visitors the opportunity to step into the past and observe a famous vacation destination that has managed to maintain its popularity over the years. By the late 19th century, tens of thousands of people were flocking to the resort town of Santa Monica for its beaches, ocean views, and agreeable climate. Without a doubt, its most enticing feature is the Santa Monica Pier—a boardwalk complete with games, shops, entertainment, and rides. In the 1980s, citizens of Santa Monica pushed for a revitalization of the town and the pier, resulting in an influx of tourism that has allowed the town to keep its stellar reputation alive.