The Stage: Three in the West

Whatever movie fans may have thought, the big event in Los Angeles was not the Oscars but the dedication of the city's now completed Music Center of Los Angeles County.

The original building in the three-unit hilltop complex—a 3,250-seat music hall named the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion after the center's prime mover—opened 2½ years ago. Last week two handsome new structures were opened: the 2,100-seat Howard Ahmanson Theater for drama and musicals and the 750-seat Mark Taper Forum for chamber music and experimental plays. Together they give Los Angeles a visual fulcrum, not to mention one of the most versatile performing-arts...

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