Attending the Festival

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, and want to make it as easy as possible for you to attend. The Festival takes place from Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 22. Events on May 13, 14, 15 and 17 occur at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Beginning the evening of May 15 and through May 22, all Festival events happen on the University Park campus of the University of Southern California, with the exception of the evening of May 17.

For an overview on visiting the USC campus and the city of Los Angeles, browse through the Visit USC website.

Event Locations and Parking

Events on the evenings of May 13, 14, 15, and 17, and the afternoon of May 15, will take place at:

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles CA  90012

Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012—at the corner of 1st and Grand. Note that parking is available in the garage at Disney Hall, CASH ONLY. Street parking around the Hall is extremely limited and not recommended.

All other events will take place on the USC campus, at one of four locations:

Alfred Newman Recital Hall (NRH)
3616 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles CA  90089

Bovard Auditorium (BOV)
3551 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California  90089

Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)
820 West 34th Street
Los Angeles California  90089

Town and Gown (TGF)
665 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles California 90089

USC is located south of downtown, at approximately 34th Street, a short ride from Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For on-campus parking information, click one of the links below:
http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/bovardauditorium/directions.php
http://www.usc.edu/bus-affairs/ticketoffice/directions/parking.html#newman

Note that there is a charge for parking on the USC campus (currently $12/day; no overnight parking allowed).

Airports

If you are flying to the Festival, the main airport in Los Angeles is LAX, about 15 miles from USC. There are also two smaller regional airports not far from downtown LA: the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, about 19 miles from USC, and the Long Beach Airport, about 21 miles from USC.

Transportation from the airports

While taxicabs and rental cars are always options, one of the least expensive ways of getting from the airports to USC is by shuttle (look for “shared-ride vans” outside Baggage Claim). At LAX, PrimeTime Shuttle and SuperShuttle are the two authorized van services. There are no direct subway lines to LAX, although LAX offers a free shuttle to the Metro Green Line. Note that the Green Line does not go directly to USC; you would have to transfer lines. A map of the LA Metro system shows the various lines.

Bob Hope Airport has three shuttle services, including PrimeTime Shuttle, Roadrunner Shuttle and Limo Service, and SuperShuttle.

Long Beach Airport provides a list of approved ground transportation services, which include PrimeTime Shuttle and SuperShuttle.

Because LA is a car city, if you rent a car you should be prepared to pay for parking at hotels, USC, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Where to stay

There are many hotels in and near downtown Los Angeles. We have listed below the ones with the most convenient locations.

SPECIAL NOTE: May 13, 2016 is Commencement for the University of Southern California. Hotels closer to the campus will have limited availability around that date due to Commencement visitors. We strongly recommend that you make your hotel reservation early.

Hotels near USC

Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC
3540 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles CA  90007
http://www.radisson.com/los-angeles-hotel-ca-90007/cafiguer
A discount is offered for Festival attendees.

Vagabond Inn Los Angeles at USC Services
3101 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles CA 90007
http://www.vagabondinn.com/california/los-angeles-at-usc-services.aspx
A discount is offered for Festival attendees.

Hotels near Walt Disney Concert Hall

Omni Los Angeles at California Plaza
251 South Olive Street
Los Angeles CA  90012
http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/los-angeles-california-plaza?utm_source=tripadvisor&utm_medium=sponsored&utm_content=LAXCTR&utm_campaign=ta-hotel-website

Kawada Hotel
200 South Hill Street
Los Angeles CA 90012
http://www.kawadahotel.com/

The LA Hotel Downtown
333 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles CA 90071
http://thelahotel.com/

Courtyard Los Angeles LA Live
901 West Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90015
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxld-courtyard-los-angeles-la-live/

Where to Eat

There are quite a few food outlets on the USC campus, including coffee shops, but since the Festival takes place after Commencement, some places may be closed. There are also a number of casual restaurants along Figueroa Street, on which both the Radisson and the Vagabond Inn are located. Since these restaurants cater to the college crowd, they are fairly inexpensive.

Phone and Internet if you’re coming from overseas

Here is some information on using a non-US cell phone when you are in the US: http://www.ehow.com/how_7658957_use-mobile-phone-usa.html.

Check with your hotel to see if it has free internet service.

The USC campus is completely wireless. You can join the network as a guest. https://itservices.usc.edu/wireless-visitors/