Now that he’s decided not to run for mayor, Zev Yaroslavsky can pursue his true calling: star of stage and screen. Ok, just stage. The County Supervisor known more for cutting ribbons than belting show tunes will tonight make his performing debut at the Hollywood Bowl, something he calls a "dream come true.” Though he has already conducted the L.A. Philharmonic on the Bowl's august stage, this time Yaroslavsky will narrate A Lincoln Portrait, an orchestral work by composer Aaron Copland. "Being able to speak Lincoln's words is a real thrill," he says. "And as a classical music lover, to be able to do it to Copland's score is a double thrill.”
Yaroslavsky has been a fan of the Bowl since his parents first took him there as a child. "I've always loved it," he said. "It's one of the greatest venues of the country. There's nothing like it." Some of his favorite Hollywood Bowl performances include shows by Mick Jagger, Yo-Yo Ma, and Sarah Chang, a violinist who will also be performing on September 11. Yaroslavsky is also fond of the relaxing ambiance at the Bowl and the way it allows him to spend quality time with friends and family. Ever the politician, he also couldn't resist mentioning the venue’s shorter restrooms lines -- something that he contributed to as a County Supervisor. Tonight’s show begins at 8 p.m.