LA Phil Announces Hollywood Bowl 2012 Summer Season

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Yes, this week got off to a rainy start, but now that the Los Angeles Philharmonic has announced the Hollywood Bowl 2012 Summer Series, we’ve got warm summer nights on our mind.

It’s an impressive schedule, full of longtime favorites (like a July 4 fireworks spectacular, a John Williams program, and a Tchaikovsky show set for September) and Hollywood Bowl debuts (19 artists will be appearing at the venue for the first time), plus new programming by music director Gustavo Dudamel, including his first Hollywood Bowl Festival, Americas & Americans featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Placido Domingo, Ruben Blades, Juan Luis Guerra, and Juanes. 

Norah Jones (!), Diana Krall, Liza Minnelli (!!), Smokey Robinson, Yo-Yo Ma, the Count Basie Orchestra, Anita Baker (!), Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock, B.B. King, Ben Harper, Ziggy Marley, and Hot Chip will all drop by—but enough of our babbling on and on. You’ve got warm summer nights to plan.

Here’s the schedule as it was announced: 

AMERICAS AND AMERICANS

August 14
AMERICAS AND AMERICANS
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Juan Luis Guerra, vocalist
MONCAYO Huapango
MÁRQUEZ Danzón No. 2
PIAZZOLLA La Muerte del Ángel
Juan Luis Guerra with orchestra 

August 15
AMERICAS AND AMERICANS
Rubén Blades
Additional artists to be announced 

August 16
AMERICAS AND AMERICANS
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Sergio Tiempo, piano
ESTÉVEZ Mediodía en el Llano
GINASTERA Piano Concerto No. 1
COPLAND Symphony No. 3 

August 17
Saturday, August 18, 2012
AMERICAS AND AMERICANS
Juanes
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins, conductor 

August 19
AMERICAS AND AMERICANS
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Plácido Domingo, tenor
An evening of Latin songs and operatic arias 

CLASSICAL 

July 10
The classical season at the Hollywood Bowl opens with Leonard Slatkin leading Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. In celebration of Gustav Klimt’s 150th birthday and his famous Beethoven Frieze, the LA Phil and Getty Museum join together to commission video imagery to accompany the famous “Ode to Joy” finale of the symphony. Program features soprano Rachel Willis-Sorenson, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Gordon Gietz, bass Christian van Horn and the Los Angeles Master Chorale

July 12
Slatkin continues the week leading the LA Phil in a program showcasing Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 and featuring violinist Daniel Hope, in his Hollywood Bowl debut, performing Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto.

July 17 and 19
Famed violinist Joshua Bell presents two performances in a single evening on both the Tuesday and Thursday series. For the first half he is joined by virtuoso bassist Edgar Meyer to give the West Coast premiere of Meyer’s new Double Concerto. In the second half of each program Bell plays Mendelssohn’s lyrical Violin Concerto. Conductor Ludovic Morlot leads both concerts.

July 24
Stéphane Denève returns to the Hollywood Bowl with a program of dazzling Romantic Russian works including the gorgeous but little-known Conus Violin Concerto, played by Principal Concertmaster Martin Chalifour. The program also features Stokowski’s Symphonic Synthesis of  Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

July 26
Denève continues the week leading the LA Phil in a program of Bernstein’s and Gershwin’s highly charged and quintessentially American music paired perfectly with Ravel’s sensual Daphnis and Chloé Suite No. 2 and his jazzy Piano Concerto played by the formidable Jean-Yves Thibaudet. The program closes with a dazzling fireworks display.

July 31
Resident Conductor Lionel Bringuier is joined by powerhouse pianist Yefim Bronfman for an exciting performance of Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto, followed by Elgar’s Enigma Variations, one of the composer’s most celebrated and fascinating works.

August 2
An evening of young French talent unfolds as acclaimed violinist Renaud Capuçon makes his return to the Hollywood Bowl with his close collaborator and friend Resident Conductor Lionel Bringuier for an all-Beethoven evening.

August 7
Two superstars of the classical world – Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma – join for a performance of Schumann’s Cello Concerto. Dudamel also displays his affinity for the passionate music of Tchaikovsky as he leads the LA Phil in the composer’s Fourth Symphony.

August 9
Stunning pianist Yuja Wang teams with Dudamel for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. The all-Tchaikovsky program brings back Symphony No. 4 for the second time that week.

August 14
Music Director Gustavo Dudamel leads the first program of his Americans and Americas festival, bringing together the sounds and musicians of the Americas and featuring singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra.

August 16
American and Americas
continues as Dudamel leads the LA Phil and pianist Sergio Tiempo in a program of prototypical American music – Estevez’ Mediodía en el Llano, Ginastera’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Copland’s Symphony No. 3. 

August 21
Stylish British trumpeter Alison Balsom makes her Bowl debut in an all-Haydn program with Nicholas McGegan at the helm.

August 23
Bowl favorite Nicholas McGegan continues his week leading the LA Phil in a program of Mozart masterworks, featuring the debut of Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud.

August 28 and 30
Spanish conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos leads the LA Phil in Carl Orff’s most famous work, Carmina Burana, featuring soprano Laura Claycomb, tenor Nicholas Phan, baritone Hugh Russell and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The program also includes Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. ()  

September 4
Two gifted young artists – conductor Krzysztof Urbański and pianist Denis Matsuev – debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in this program of 20th-century Russian fireworks – Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1, selections for solo piano from Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10.

September 6
Tovey brings his charisma and musical flair to the Hollywood Bowl as he leads the LA Phil in a program of music and humor that includes the madcap virtuosi violinist and pianist Igudesman & Joo performing excerpts from their show A Little Nightmare Music. Pianists Inon Barnatan and Benjamin Hochman make their Bowl debuts in a performance of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, narrated by the conductor.

September 11
Tovey continues guest conducting as he leads the LA Phil in a suite from Bernstein’s West Side Story, featuring Sarah Chang in an arrangement for violin and orchestra made by Hollywood’s David Newman and a performance of Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait, narrated by County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. 

September 13
Tovey wraps up the LA Phil’s summer classical season with a concert that features the return of Itzhak Perlman, violinist of a generation, to play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The program also includes three of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8.   

WEEKEND SPECTACULARS

July 6 and 7
Frozen Planet Live – Following the success of Planet Earth Live, the world premiere of Frozen Planet Live – the ultimate portrait of the last great wilderness on Earth, the polar regions – comes to the Bowl’s big screen. The latest series co-produced by the BBC and Discovery Channel features stunning images of the Arctic and Antarctic as you have never seen them before, with live orchestral accompaniment conducted by award-winning composer George Fenton.  

July 20 and 21
Smokey Robinson
– King of Motown, vocalist and songwriter Smokey Robinson, known for classic hits such as “Tears of A Clown,” “I Second That Emotion,” “Tracks of My Tears,” and more, returns for his Hollywood Bowl orchestral debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

July 27, 28, and 29
The Producers*
– From the brilliantly twisted mind of Mel Brooks comes this insanely funny adventure – a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant concoct a get-rich scheme to bilk their investors out of millions by producing the most notorious flop in history. Based on Brooks’ Oscar-winning 1968 film, this Broadway smash hit and winner of a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards is the annual fully-staged musical at the Bowl. All-star cast to be announced. *With score and lyrics by Mel Brooks and a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and originally directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.

August 3, 4, and 5
Pixar in Concert
From the Toy Story trilogy to The Incredibles and Up, Pixar has forever changed filmmaking and given audiences of all ages some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. Now, for the first time ever, the Hollywood Bowl presents Pixar in Concert, with visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies (including its latest release, Brave) performed live by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

August 10
Norah Jones
The multi-Grammy winner, an artist of astonishing musical versatility, returns to the Bowl for the first time since 2004. A special, one-night-only appearance.


August 11
An Evening with Liza Minnelli –The icon of stage and screen, queen of cabaret and winner of Tonys, Golden Globes, a Grammy, an Emmy and an Oscar, returns to the Bowl for a special, one-night-only appearance. 

August 17 and 18
Juanes – Americas & Americans Festival
The Americas & Americans festival continues through the weekend with Colombian superstar Juanes. This 17-time Latin-Grammy-winning guitarist and songwriter has become the leading all-Spanish-language music artist in the world and has made a global impact with his blend of rock en español and traditional Latin American rhythms, as well as his commitment to social change through music. He last performed at the Hollywood Bowl as part of A Decade of Difference for President Bill Clinton. 

August 24 and 25
Diana Krall – Sultry songstress and jazz pianist Diana Krall returns to the Bowl for two evenings of jazz standards and beautiful ballads.  

August 31 and September 1
John Williams: Maestro of the Movies
– With his memorable scores, Hollywood Bowl Hall of Famer John Williams has changed the face of modern-day film music. The legendary movie maestro returns for his annual weekend at the Bowl, when he shares some of his biggest and most beloved hits. Acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham is his special guest.   

September 7 and 8
Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks
– Charismatic conductor Bramwell Tovey returns to lead the LA Phil’s annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular featuring the Russian composer’s most beloved ballets. In addition to the 1812 Overture, complete with cannons and pyrotechnics, we feature dancers from American Ballet Theatre in famous pas de deux from Swan Lake and their new production of The Nutcracker.

September 14, 15, and 16
Fireworks Finale: The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Three-time Grammy-winner and “musician’s musician” Brian Setzer is known for taking chances with his innovative and daring musical styles, as well as for resurrecting two forgotten genres – rockabilly and swing. For the first time, he and his big band will be joined by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Thomas Wilkins for memorable performances including the Bowl’s legendary fireworks.

SUNSET PERFORMANCES 

July 29
The Producers* – From the brilliantly twisted mind of Mel Brooks comes this insanely funny adventure – a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant concoct a get-rich scheme to bilk their investors out of millions by producing the most notorious flop in history. Based on Brooks’ Oscar-winning 1968 film, this Broadway smash hit and winner of a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards is our annual fully-staged musical at the Bowl. All-star cast to be announced. *With score and lyrics by Mel Brooks and a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and originally directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.

August 5
Pixar in Concert
From the Toy Story trilogy to The Incredibles and Up, Pixar has forever changed filmmaking and given audiences of all ages some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. Now, for the first time ever, the Hollywood Bowl presents Pixar in Concert, with visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies (including its latest release, Brave) performed live by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. 

August 12
Dudamel Conducts Verdi’s Rigoletto – Dudamel leads Verdi’s renowned tragedy in a concert performance, featuring baritone Željko Lučić, in his signature role, as Rigoletto. Cast also includes tenor David Lomelí as the Duke of Mantua, soprano Olga Peretyatko as Gilda, bass Alexander Tsymbalyuk as Sparafucile, bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as Monterone, and baritone Craig Verm as Marullo. The Los Angeles Master Chorale also performs.

September 16
Fireworks Finale: The Brian Setzer OrchestraThree-time Grammy-winner and “musician’s musician” Brian Setzer is known for taking chances with his innovative and daring musical styles, as well as for resurrecting two forgotten genres – rockabilly and swing. For the first time, he and his big band will be joined by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Thomas Wilkins for memorable performances including the Bowl’s legendary fireworks.

JAZZ AT THE BOWL

June 27
A Celebration of Miles Davis
Marcus Miller “Tutu Revisited”
Miles Electric Band
Kind of Blue: Jimmy Cobb’s “So What” Band
For nearly six decades, Miles Davis has embodied all that is cool, and this evening celebrates three of his many musical milestones. From an entire performance of the masterpiece Kind of Blue, through the ‘70s with the Electric Miles Band, to his pop-influenced album Tutu, we pay homage to the man with the horn. 

July 11
Ray Charles: Genius + Soul = Jazz
Count Basie Orchestra
Special guests to be announced
Probably the strongest element in Ray Charles’ life, and the most concentrated driving force, was music. Ray often said, “I was born with music inside me. That’s the only explanation I know.” This concert is a tribute not only to his love of music but also his diverse musical taste with a host of special guest vocalists from different genres plus the Count Basie Orchestra, the Raelettes and co-produced by Phil Ramone and Gregg Field. 

August 1
The Neville Brothers Farewell Tour
Trombone Shorty  
Additional artist TBA
Giving their last performance ever as a group, The Neville Brothers, who embedded New Orleans blues and funk into our music culture, come back to the Hollywood Bowl. Keeping with the New Orleans vibe is Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and his “Supafunkrock,” along with an additional artist to be announced. 

August 8
The Duke Ellington Orchestra featuring Brian McKnight
Additional artists to be announced
Continuing the legacy of one of America’s greatest composers, the Duke Ellington Orchestra welcomes special guest vocalist Brian McKnight for a classic night of big band music from the Ellington songbook. 

August 15
Rubén Blades – Americas & Americans Festival
Additional artists to be announced
Making his eagerly awaited return to the Bowl, Panamanian icon and Latin jazz star brings infectious salsa and rhythms to the Bowl as part of both the Jazz series and the Americas & Americans Festival. 

August 22
Anita Baker
Esperanza Spalding
Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Anita Baker brings her romantic, sophisticated grooves to the Bowl with classic hits such as “Sweet Love” and “The Best That I’ve Got.” Grammy-winning jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding celebrates a funky new album to open the night. 

August 29
Celebrating Peace
Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Cindy Blackman Santana
Special guest appearance by Carlos Santana
The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Creative Chair for Jazz devotes this one-of-a-kind evening to peace, with friends and very special guests. Additional artists to be announced.

September 5
Blues Night
B.B. King
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The annual Blues night at the Hollywood Bowl closes the jazz series with the reigning king of the blues, B.B. King and his beloved Lucille. The Delta blues/funk/rock/soul outfit Tedeschi Trucks Band kicks off the evening. 

KCRW’s WORLD FESTIVAL 

June 24
TBD

July 1
Ben Harper
Additional artists to be announced
LA’s own Ben Harper brings his own brand of classic songs and fresh perspective on rock, soul and blues to the KCRW World Festival. 

July 15
Reggae Night 
Tuff Gong Worldwide Salutes Legends of Reggae
Ziggy Marley
Additional artist to be announced
Celebrating the 11th year of Reggae at the Bowl, Ziggy Marley brings his band and a host of all-star roots reggae legends for a unique, not-to-be-missed event. 

July 22
apl.de.ap Takes You To The Philippines – A Celebration of Global Music
Black Eyed Peas rapper and DJ apl.de.ap celebrates his Filipino heritage and the Filipino culture creating a one-of-a-kind party of music and dance, from pop and traditional Pinoy artists from the Philippines to hip hop, OPM (Original Pilipino Music) and beyond. 

September 9
Hot Chip
Passion Pit
Additional artist to be announced
Crafting London’s premiere electronic dance music, Hot Chip is known for its stellar live shows; in its return to the Bowl, the band will lead us on a journey through club music into funkified gospel groves.  Passion Pit reveals a 21st–century sound with soaring hooks, infectious melodies and enigmatic lyrics.  

September 23
Animal Collective
Huun Huur Tu
Sonically ambidextrous quartet Animal Collective makes its Hollywood Bowl debut. Tuvan throat singing group Huun Huur Tu, direct from Siberia, will open the show. 

SPECIAL CONCERTS AND EVENTS

June 22
Opening Night at the Bowl
 

July 2, 3, and 4
Fireworks Spectacular with Barry Manilow
In the Hollywood Bowl’s annual great American extravaganza, iconic singer and songwriter Barry Manilow joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a night of his favorites plus spectacular fireworks and good old-fashioned American music to celebrate the country’s birthday.

July 13
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor
The celebrated American humorist hosts his much-loved radio show at the Hollywood Bowl, featuring the unique blend of music and comedy that audiences treasure.

August 26
Smooth Summer Jazz
The LA Phil’s annual smooth jazz concert is full of favorites including Men of Soul featuring Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson and Freddie Jackson along with White Hot Summer Groove featuring Peter White and Euge Groove as well as Mindi Abair

July 14
Grease Sing-A-Long
Now a new tradition, the fun-filled Grease Sing-A-Long features pre-show festivities and the beloved film projected on the Bowl’s giant screen. 

August 19
Dudamel & Domingo
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Plácido Domingo, the world’s greatest tenor, joins Gustavo Dudamel for the first time in concert for an evening of well-known operatic arias and Latin songs. The special evening also features Mariachi del Sol and a Bolero ensemble. 

September 2
The Big Picture: Paramount’s 100th Anniversary
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
David Newman, conductor
Celebrate Paramount Pictures’ 100th Anniversary with an incredible night of nostalgia featuring unforgettable scores from the studio’s rich cinematic history, including Wings, the very first Academy Award® Best Picture winner; The Godfather trilogy; Titanic; and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol among many other favorites. Scenes will be projected on the big screen with the scores performed live by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by David Newman. Produced in cooperation with Paramount Pictures. 

September 22
Sing-A-Long Sound of Music
The Hollywood hills are alive with The Sound of Music!  The popular Sing-A-Long returns to the giant screen at the Bowl – the world’s largest outdoor movie theater.  Audience members are encouraged to attend in costume (for the pre-show parade) and warm up their vocal cords. 

Subscriptions are now on sale for Classical, Weekend Spectacular, Sunset, Jazz, and KCRW World Festival concerts.

Single concert tickets will be available Saturday, May 5.

Photograph by Mathew Imaging