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Conversation with Frank Gehry to benefit Santa Monica High School orchestra

March 17, 2010 |  9:04 am
Frank Gehry

Like his most famous buildings -- downtown's Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, among them -- Frank Gehry is adventurous and yet enduring. At 81, one of the world's most important (and controversial) architects shows no signs of slowing down. He's currently designing a new building for Sydney, Australia's University of Technology and teaching at Yale.

On Thursday, he'll also be helping out the music program at Santa Monica High School. Gehry will sit down with writer Barbara Isenberg to discuss his projects and theories, detailed in Isenberg's book "Conversations with Frank Gehry." Also on the agenda: Gehry's musical influences.

Gehry has said that if he could be an instrument he would be a cello. Appropriately, then, noted cellist Lynn Harrell will provide musical interludes, along with Santa Monica High School orchestra students.

Frank Gehry in Conversation, Barnum Hall, 600 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $10 and $20. To purchase tickets, click here.

-- Lisa Boone

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Photo: Architect Frank Gehry. Credit: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times