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Music Center To Host 'Leonard Cohen Listening Party' Next Thursday Night

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The Los Angeles Music Center will be hosting a "Leonard Cohen Listening Party" next Thursday, December 8 in honor of the legendary singer-songwriter, who died in his sleep last month at 82. The free informal gathering will be held at the Music Center Plaza downtown, located just north of Grand Park.

Cohen fans are invited to gather at the Plaza from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to pay tribute to the late singer's musical and literary genius—and listen to recordings from his vast body of work. The event is being put together in partnership with music producer Hal Willner, who is also spearheading a similar event at Lincoln Center in New York. The Lincoln Center event will be held on December 5.

Ming Ng, vice president of community engagement for the Music Center, told LAist that the Music Center and Willner decided not to have other guests or performers play, because they wanted to put the focus on Cohen's music. "It's meant to be a listening party, [and we hope] friends and strangers will get to know each through his music," she said.

"We're hoping that his fans from all over L.A. will attend," she said, adding that the playlist for the evening had yet to be finalized.

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The Music Center Plaza is located at 135 N. Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.