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DISNEY DAUGHTER PRAISES CONCERT HALL DESIGN

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Although architect Frank Gehry's design for the $200-million Walt Disney Concert Hall has provoked some criticism, Diane Disney Miller says the curvy stone exterior is inspired.

"My father would have loved this," said Miller, one of the late Walt Disney's daughters. Gehry's plan has generated comparisons with broken pottery, but Miller said, "It's a magnificent stone flower or a ship in full sail, or a combination of both."Five years in the planning, the 2,380-seat concert hall and a 2,500-car underground garage will be the newest addition to the Music Center complex. It is scheduled for completion in 1996, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic becoming its primary tenant for the 1997-98 season.

Los Angeles County donated a 3.6-acre site on Grand Avenue between First and Hope streets for the hall.

The Disney family contributed $67.5 million for construction. With interest, their gift now is valued at $93.6 million. Project organizers said it was largest American donation ever to the arts.

The music center has promised to raise $17.5 million, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. contributed $1 million for an organ, the Department of Water and Power and the Community Redevelopment Agency are paying a combined $5.5 million and Los Angeles County will be selling bonds to cover the balance of the $200-million cost.

Walt Disney died in 1966.