The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced the Hollywood Bowl summer 2012 subscription series and single events for its 91st season at the historic venue. The Hollywood Bowl – named “Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue” by Pollstar magazine for the seventh straight year – is one of the most renowned summer cultural venues in the world and has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1922. The 2012 summer season spans 14 weeks, from June to September and features a wide variety of the world’s greatest artists from all genres of music with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at its core. The Hollywood Bowl box office opens for single ticket sales on Saturday, May 5, 2012.
“As we anticipate his third season at the Hollywood Bowl, Gustavo Dudamel returns with not only signature programs but even a festival! Gustavo’s programs reflect his broad musical and social interests, driven by his passion for music and message,” said Deborah Borda, President and Chief Executive Officer. ”Over the course of two weeks, he directs Americas and Americans, a week-long celebration of music from across continents, including his very first performance with Plácido Domingo; collaborates with friends including Yo-Yo Ma and Yuja Wang; and reaffirms his love of opera with a presentation of Rigoletto. We also welcome back Herbie Hancock, in his third season as Creative Chair for Jazz, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Thomas Wilkins, who both collaborate with an array of stars from across the musical spectrum including Wayne Shorter, Carlos Santana, Juanes and Brian Setzer. The Bowl is a defining element of summer in Los Angeles and there is always something here for everyone.”
LA PHIL MUSIC DIRECTOR GUSTAVO DUDAMEL’S HOLLYWOOD BOWL APPEARANCES
Holder of the Walt and Lilly Disney Chair, Music Director Gustavo Dudamel returns to the Hollywood Bowl with six performances that feature today’s most revered soloists, and Americas and Americans – a new edition of the boundary-breaking festival first presented during his inaugural 2009/10 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall that embodies his vision of one American culture and unity across continents. Dudamel begins his summer season appearances with celebrated cellist and recent Kennedy Center Honoree Yo-Yo Ma in a special performance of Schumann’s Cello Concerto. This program concludes with Dudamel leading the LA Phil in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Two days later, the stunning pianist Yuja Wang joins Dudamel for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in an all- Tchaikovsky program that repeats the composer’s Symphony No. 4. Dudamel’s Americas and Americans festival is the week of August 14, 2012.
For the first classical program, the orchestra will play festive Latin American tangos and dances and Dominican singersongwriter Juan Luis Guerra, known for a unique mix of rhythms and melodies from a variety of styles, joins the orchestra to perform a selection of his songs. For the second classical program, Venezuelan- Argentine pianist Sergio Tiempo performs Ginastera’s Piano Concerto No. 1, followed by a performance of Copland’s Symphony No. 3, by the LA Phil and Dudamel. Dudamel’s remaining performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 2012 season at the Hollywood Bowl showcase his love of opera. He first leads baritone Željko Lučić and an international cast in a concert performance of Verdi’s tragedy Rigoletto, and then, for the very first time, he is joined by tenor Plácido Domingo in a special program featuring operatic repertoire and Latin songs.
KCRW’s WORLD FESTIVAL
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.
Tuff Gong Worldwide Salutes Legends of Reggae
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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