The recent warm weather is the perfect backdrop to the release of the Hollywood Bowl‘s new season! The Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and, in 1991, gave its name to a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. There are classical performances scheduled throughout the summer this year, performed by a variety of artists and orchestras, led by some famed conductors, including Star Wars composer John Williams. Other programs include music by Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky, as well as nights dedicated to The Sound of Music and Star Trek.
The summer is filled with other special events and concert series. The summer will kick off with Opening Night with Steely Dan on June 18th. You will also be able to catch a wide range of cultural icons, from Diana Ross to Weird Al to Sigur Ros, and even Garrison Keillor in a live performance of Prairie Home Companion. KCRW’s World Festival series starts on July 10th with Brian Wilson, with more performances in the new season from Kurt Vile, Kraftwerk, and even Yo-Yo Ma. Follow the Hollywood Bowl on Thrillcall for ticket updates and a complete schedule of upcoming concerts!
The Hollywood Bowl is a 1920s amphitheater located in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California. On July 11, 1922, with the audience seated on simple wooden benches placed on the natural hillsides of ‘Daisy Dell’ in Bolton Canyon, conductor Alfred Hertz and the Los Angeles Philharmonic inaugurated the first season of music under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl. While much has changed in the ensuing years, the tradition of presenting the world’s greatest musicians and striving for musical excellence has remained a constant goal of this famed Los Angeles cultural landmark.
The Bowl is known for its band shell, a distinctive set of concentric arches that graced the site from 1929 through 2003, before being replaced with a somewhat larger one beginning in the 2004 season. The shell is set against the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills and the famous Hollywood Sign to the Northeast. The site of the Hollywood Bowl was chosen in 1919 by William Reed and his son H. Ellis Reed, who were dispatched to find a suitable location for outdoor performances by the members of the newly formed Theatre Arts Alliance headed by Christine Wetherill Stevenson. The Reeds selected a natural amphitheater, a shaded canyon and popular picnic spot known as ‘Daisy Dell’ in Bolton Canyon.