Después de haber sido el lugar donde se llevaban a cabo conciertos, producciones teatrales y hasta un servicio religioso de Pascua, el Hollywood Bowl dio comienzo a su temporada oficial en el verano de 1922. Fue una experiencia muy particular para los espectadores quienes se sentaron en bancas de madera provisionales para ver a Alfred Hertz dirigir a la Orquesta Filarmónica de Los Ángeles. Tanto el escenario como el sonido eran extraordinarios. Localizado en una área en forma de tazón ubicada en las Colinas de Hollywood que en alguna ocasión era llamada “Daisy Dell”, el lugar en donde ahora se ubica el recinto fue elegido en parte por su acústica natural. La cual es amplificada gracias a la electrónica así como la concha acústica con sus distintivos arcos blancos. La que se encuentra en la actualidad es de hecho la cuarta concha acústica, las primeras dos fueron diseñadas por Lloyd Wright, el hijo del legendario arquitecto Frank Lloyd Wright.
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The Music Center was originally dedicated on Sept. 27, 1964. Beginning in October 2014, The Music Center kicks off a celebration 50 years in the making. The highlight of the festivities is The Music Center 50th Anniversary Spectacular, an on-stage extravaganza taking place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at the iconic venue where it all began, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. This star-studded 90-minute show will honor The Music Center and highlight the accomplishments of the past 50 years with special performances and tributes that include:
- Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and the LA Phil team up for the presentation of a new work choreographed by Justin Peck and commissioned by The Music Center. Performed live by LA Dance Project to music presented in a simulcast performance by the LA Phil conducted by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, this world premiere performance will unite both Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in celebration.
- Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham will perform an aria as part of a special tribute to the LA Opera, introduced by actor Christoph Waltz, and including a video tribute from LA Opera Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, Plácido Domingo.
- Los Angeles Master Chorale Artistic Director Grant Gershon will conduct signature works performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale as well as a unique collaborative performance of the banquet scene from Nixon in China with LA Opera.
- Highlights of musical theatre and drama produced by Center Theatre Group will fill the stage with song, dance and dramatic surprises.
- A special tribute to the 25 years that the Academy Awards were held on the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and much more.
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime stage show, honoring a half-century of extraordinary artistic accomplishments and contributions with unforgettable, unprecedented performances and special collaborations.
Following the performance, The Music Center’s most generous donors are invited to a black tie 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner in a massive 120’x230’ tent on The Music Center Plaza, featuring a three-course meal prepared by Joachim Splichal’s Patina Catering. Guests of the glamorous gala celebration will be treated to more anniversary spectacle with a special surprise performance and dancing.
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Local heroes Los Lobos return to the Greek on May 3 with the third annual Cinco de Mayo Festival, featuring special guests Ozomatli, Mariachi el Bronx and more. On May 8, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne leads an all-star tribute to Nigerian funk musician William Onyeabor, featuring members of LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Bloc Party and more. May 24 offers a night of legends at Up in Smoke 2014, featuring WAR, Cheech & Chong, and the Family Stone.
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TU1: July 7, 21 | Aug. 4, 18 | Sep. 1
Lionel Bringuier kicks off the Hollywood Bowl’s classical season with a program featuring spitfire pianist Yuja Wang. Concerts by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and Bowl favorite Bramwell Tovey include the music of Orff and Bernstein, as well as a special live presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey and a visit by American Ballet Theatre.
TU2: July 14, 28 | Aug. 11, 25 | Sep. 8
Bramwell Tovey opens the series with the music of Rachmaninoff. Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and the ebullient Nicholas McGegan return, and violinist Joshua Bell makes his conducting debut.
TH1: July 9, 23 | Aug. 6, 20 | Sep. 3
This series features Music Director Gustavo Dudamel as well as Assistant Conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, following her phenomenal Bowl debut last year. Chinese pianist Yundi makes his own Bowl debut, and favorite conductors Lionel Bringuier and Bramwell Tovey will also lead delightful programs with Audra McDonald, American Ballet Theatre and more!
TH2: July 16, 30 | Aug. 13, 27 | Sep. 10
Music Director Gustavo Dudamel leads the LA Phil in an evening of Mozart. Another evening features Tan Dun’s film music for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero conducted by the composer, and virtuoso artist Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays Gershwin.