Summer's Set

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There were squeals of joy when the lineup for this summer’s Hollywood Bowl concert series landed in inboxes around the office on Wednesday. The 3-month-long program, which kicks off with the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame Concert on June 17, is a good mix of big name performers from across musical genres (Stevie Wonder, Lang Lang, Hall and Oates), up and coming acts, and series staples like the “Tchaikovsky Spectacular” and the “Sound of Music Sing-a-Long.” We’re sorry to see there wont be a Gershwin night this year—there’s little else as lovely as hearing “Summertime” at the Bowl—but with acts like Rodrigo y Gabriela, Sarah McLachlan, and Jean Claude Vannier making their Hollywood Bowl debuts, Joni Mitchell and Serge Gainsbourg tributes planned, and the return of former director John Mauceri, our summer calendars just filled up. 

The full schedule is below. Click here to purchase tickets.

LA PHIL MUSIC DIRECTOR GUSTAVO DUDAMEL’S HOLLYWOOD BOWL APPEARANCES:

 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Lang Lang, piano
PROKOFIEV  Piano Concerto No. 3
MUSSORGSKY/RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin
MOZART  Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio 
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5
MOZART Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

Thursday July 21, 2011
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Pinchas Zukerman, violin
STRAUSS Overture to Die Fledermaus 
BRUCH  Violin Concerto No. 1
STRAUSS Pizzicato Polka
STRAUSS Czárdás from Ritter Pázmán 
STRAUSS On the Beautiful Blue Danube 
Additional works to be announced

Sunday, July 17, 2011
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Christine Brewer, soprano/Turandot
PUCCINI Turandot 
Proceeds benefit the Musicians Pension Fund 

 

WEEKEND SPECTACULARS:

FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS, 8:30 PM

 

Sarah McLachlan
In her first-ever performance with orchestra, multi-Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan makes her Hollywood Bowl debut with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by Thomas Wilkins. With more than 40 million records sold, McLachlan celebrates her recent release, Laws of Illusion.
(July 15 and 16)

Dolly Parton
The Queen of Country Music makes her Hollywood Bowl debut in a concert celebrating her new record as well as over 45 years of hit songs. The concert features Parton’s classic voice and multi-instrumental artistry for an all-Dolly evening.
(July 22 and 23)

Michael Feinstein and the Singing Stars of Television 
Michael Feinstein joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a parade of classic and popular songs from the Great American Songbook – from Gershwin and Berlin to New Orleans jazz and Broadway musicals. Television star favorites, including Florence Henderson, Cheyenne Jackson, Dick Van Dyke, Vanessa Williams and others, join in the performance.
(July 29 and 30) 

Hairspray 
The Hollywood Bowl’s annual fully-staged Broadway musical takes a trip down the musical lane of 1962 Baltimore with the 2003 winner of eight Tony Awards, Hairspray, the doo-wop inflected story of big dreams and big voices, based on the classic film by John Waters. 
(August 5 and 6) 

En Fuego: Voices and Guitars 
Rodrigo y Gabriela, Mujeres de Agua featuring Javier Limon and Buika 
In a celebration of the passion and rhythm of the guitar, this concert brings the Los Angeles Philharmonic together with the illustrious Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela along with Spanish songstress Buika and flamenco singer/songwriter Javier Limón.(August 12 and 13) 

Walt Disney’s Fantasia
Nearly 75 years ago, Walt Disney used the skill of his world-class animators to visualize the world of classical music. The result: Walt Disney’s Fantasia. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of our very own Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, John Mauceri returns to the Bowl to recreate this magic – an evening of selections from the classic film with clips on the Bowl’s big screen. You’ll see your favorites, plus a glimpse into the brilliant artwork and unfinished segments of the Disney masterpiece. The evening ends with fireworks that complement the spectacular beauty of this cinematic triumph.
(August 19 and 20) 

John Williams: Maestro of the Movies
Five-time Academy Award-winner and renowned composer John Williams returns for his annual weekend at the Bowl, with a program of great film music that is guaranteed to delight, amaze, and entertain. In the three decades since his Bowl debut, Williams has written countless beloved film scores including some of Hollywood’s most recognized and memorable themes.  
(August 26 and 27)

Tchaikovsky Spectacular
Charismatic conductor Bramwell Tovey returns to lead the LA Phil’s annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular featuring the Russian composer’s Romeo and Juliet, Rococo Variations, Music from Act IV of Swan Lake and the 1812 Overture, complete with cannons and pyrotechnics to light up the sky. 
(September 9 and 10)

Fireworks Finale: A Night at the Moulin Rouge
An exhilarating celebration of the City of Lights with high-kicking dancers direct from the legendary Moulin Rouge, and the jazzy French cabaret sounds of Paris Combo, are accompanied by a Thomas Wilkins-led Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and a spectacular fireworks display.
(September 16 and 17) 

Additional concert to be announced
(July 8 and 9) 

 

SUNSET PERFORMANCES: 

SUNDAYS, 7:30 PM

 

Turandot 
Turandot, Puccini’s extravagant portrayal of a legendary princess in China, comes to the Hollywood Bowl. Christine Brewer stars as the icy princess who challenges suitors to a game of riddles to win her heart. This story of love features some of the most beloved arias of all time, led by LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel.
(July 17) 

Hairspray
The Hollywood Bowl’s annual fully-staged Broadway musical takes a trip down the musical lane of 1962 Baltimore with the 2003 winner of eight Tony Awards, Hairspray, based on the classic film by John Waters. 
(August 7) 

Walt Disney’s Fantasia
Nearly 75 years ago, Walt Disney used the skill of his world-class animators to visualize the world of classical music. The result: Walt Disney’s Fantasia. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of our very own Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, John Mauceri returns to the Bowl to recreate this magic – an evening of selections from the classic film with clips on the Bowl’s big screen. You’ll see your favorites, plus a glimpse into the brilliant artwork and unfinished segments of the Disney masterpiece. The evening ends with fireworks that complement the spectacular beauty of this cinematic triumph.
(August 21) 

Fireworks Finale: A Night at the Moulin Rouge
An exhilarating celebration of the City of Lights with high-kicking dancers direct from the legendary Moulin Rouge performing the can-can, and the jazzy French cabaret sounds of Paris Combo, are accompanied by a Thomas Wilkins-led Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and a spectacular fireworks display. 
(September 18) 

 

JAZZ AT THE BOWL: 

WEDNESDAYS, 8 PM 

 

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis/Hugh Masekela 
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis kicks off the Hollywood Bowl 2011 jazz series, delivering a night of big band at its finest. South African trumpeter, singer and composer Hugh Masekela opens this upbeat evening.
(June 22) 

Chris Botti/Bobby McFerrin with Yellowjackets 
Grammy-winning jazz/pop trumpeter Chris Botti returns to the Bowl for a night of cool standards and romantic instrumentals. Vocal virtuoso Bobby McFerrin and friends Yellowjackets collaborate to create mesmerizing and beguiling rhythm and jazz.
(July 13) 

Gladys Knight 
Multiple Grammy-winner Gladys Knight brings her beloved voice back to the Bowl for a little jazz, a little R&B and an abundance of soul.  Additional artist to be announced.
(July 27) 

Blues Night – Robert Cray, Keb’ Mo’ and Mavis Staples 
Soulful bluesman and guitarist Robert Cray, living link to the Delta Blues Keb’ Mo’ and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer/vocalist Mavis Staples come together to rock the Bowl with the very best in blues music today.
(August 10) 

Joni’s Jazz – Wayne Shorter, Cassandra Wilson, special guests 
Joni Mitchell has crafted an extraordinary body of work that spans more than 40 years, including an impressive jazz catalog. This evening, led by drummer/music director Brian Blade, is a tribute to her daring jazz recordings – including a complete performance of her 1975 masterpiece The Hissing of Summer Lawns – with all-star special guest singers and musicians. Additional special guests to be announced. (August 17) 

George Benson – George Duke/Marcus Miller/David Sanborn 
The ultimate guitarist, with a career that has spanned nearly six decades, Benson is the master of taste, speed and swing. With his warm tone and silky vocals, his shows are filled with classic hits and a few jazz surprises. All stars in their own right, the Duke/Miller/Sanborn project opens the evening with smooth jazz verve.
(August 31) 

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® featuring Omara Portundo 
Ninety Miles featuring Stefon Harris, David Sanchez, Christian Scott 
Scorching traditional rhythms, infectious improvisations and nostalgic torch songs are all celebrated in this special Cuban-themed evening headlined by Orquesta Beuna Vista Social Club, and the dazzling vocals of Portuondo. Exciting and up and coming trumpeter Scott explores new Cuban jazz with his Ninety Miles project. Additional artists to be announced.
(August 24) 

This concert is in cooperation with the Getty Museum’s historic photographs exhibit, A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now, May 17 – October 2, 2011 at the Getty Center.

The Quincy Jones Band featuring The Global Gumbo All-Stars & Friends Patti Austin, Nikki Yanofsky 
The Hollywood Bowl 2011 jazz series culminates in a fantastic finale with producer, composer, and arranger Quincy Jones in a rare live concert appearance. The evening promises to be a historic voyage through his illustrious six-decade career. Additional artists to be announced.
(September 7) 

 

KCRW’s WORLD FESTIVAL: 

SUNDAYS, 7 PM 

 

Big In Japan – Yellow Magic Orchestra, Cibo Matto plus additional artists to be announced 
A gathering of the biggest names in Japanese pop music, this once-in-a-lifetime concert spans genres and generations. Iconic Japanese electro-pop pioneers Yellow Magic Orchestra (with original members Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi) return for their first show in L.A. since 1979; and after 10 years, Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori reunite Cibo Matto for this special night, which will also feature traditional kabuki dance and experimental contemporary visuals for an unforgettable evening celebrating Japan.
(June 26)

Rickey Minor’s Global Soul Revue –Special guests Ceci Bastida, Rocky Dawuni and Stevie Wonder; Rickey Minor, music director; plus additional artists to be announced
From Alabama to Africa, soul music unites cultures, genres and generations. Rickey Minor (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, American Idol) guides audiences on a global soul celebration featuring artists from around the world.
(July 24) 

Reggae Night XTuff Gong Worldwide & Ziggy Marley Salute Legends of Reggae – Toots Hibbert, Mighty Diamonds, special guests; additional guest artists to be announced
Celebrating the 10th 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 31) 

Serge Gainsbourg Tribute with Jean Claude Vannier – Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; Special guest vocalists Beck, China Forbes, Sean Lennon, Charlotte Kemp Muhl (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger), and more to be announced
The provocative and mystical music of the late French superstar Serge Gainsbourg is brought to life. Led by Jean Claude Vannier, French composer, arranger and longtime Gainsbourg collaborator, the legendary concept albums Histoire de Melody Nelson and L’enfant assassin des mouches will be performed in full with orchestra and guests, plus more Gainsbourg classics throughout the evening. (August 28) 

Artists TBD – In a night featuring American bands, we celebrate our spirit and resolve under the stars of the summer sky. Guests to be announced.
(September 11) 

Additional concert to be announced.
(June 19) 

 

SPECIAL CONCERTS AND EVENTS: 

 

Opening Night at the Bowl 
The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by Thomas Wilkins, kicks off the summer season with the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame concert, now in its 12th year. The Bowl’s star-studded and always memorable Opening Night is one of the most anticipated highlights of the season. Harry Connick Jr. (and other legendary inductees to be announced) will be honored during this year’s festivities. Proceeds benefit Music Matters, supporting the LA Phil’s education programs.
(June 17) 

July 4 Spectacular with Daryl Hall & John Oates 
Daryl Hall & John Oates, members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, joins the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by Thomas Wilkins, for a night of classic hits, plus spectacular fireworks and good old-fashioned American music to celebrate our country’s 235th birthday.
(July 2, 3 and 4) 

Grease Sing-A-Long 
Back by popular demand, the fun-filled Grease Sing-A-Long features a pre-show costume parade and screening of the beloved film on the Bowl’s big screen. Didi Conn (“Frenchy”) returns to host.
(June 24) 

Smooth Summer Jazz with Dave Koz & Friends and Spyro Gyra
The Hollywood Bowl’s annual contemporary jazz night promises another evening of the best in smooth Jazz under the stars with Dave Koz & friends, and Spyro Gyra.
(August 14) 

The Big Picture 
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
David Newman, conductor
The thrilling tradition of extraordinary movie music played live-to-picture on the Bowl’s big screen continues at our annual concert celebrating the very best in film.
(September 4) 

Sound of Music Sing-A-Long 
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.
(September 24)