Hollywood Bowl Announces Concert Lineup
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by BWW News Desk
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association today announced the Hollywood Bowl summer 2013 subscription series and single events for its 92nd season at the historic venue. The Hollywood Bowl 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 2013 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. New subscriptions for the Hollywood Bowl 2013 summer season are available starting today and the Hollywood Bowl box office opens for single ticket sales in early May.
"Gustavo Dudamel returns for his fourth season at the Hollywood Bowl, a venue cherished by him and by the people of Los Angeles, who have made the Bowl an essential part of summer for generations," said Deborah Borda, LA Phil President and Chief Executive Officer. "This season Gustavo's programs celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi with performances of his Requiem and a concert presentation of his renowned opera Aida. The iconic Bowl stage will also play host to an impressive lineup of guest artists from across the musical spectrum, including returning Friends Michael Tilson Thomas, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth and John Williams. Herbie Hancock, entering his fourth season as Creative Chair for Jazz, and Thomas Wilkins, Principal Guest Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, also return, collaborating with an array of the world's greatest musicians.
Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II (July 5/6) Los Angeles Philharmonic * George Daugherty, conductor
This exciting new edition of Looney Tunes and live orchestra adds classics like Robin Hood Daffy, along with such beloved special guests as Pepe Le Pew, Porky Pig, Tweety, Sylvester, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, and a performance of the critically-acclaimed cartoon Tom and Jerry in The Hollywood Bowl. Plus a trio of sensational 3D animated theatrical shorts added to the spectacular! Don't miss these - plus old Favorites What's Opera Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, Baton Bunny and many more - in this latest world-premiere concert of Warner Bros.' beloved animated characters and cartoons on the big screen, with their exhilarating scores played live, in Bugs Bunny at the Symphony! LOONEY TUNES: TM & ©WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. TOM AND JERRY: TM & © TURNER ENTERTAINMENT CO. (s13)
Pink Martini (July 19/20) Los Angeles Philharmonic * Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Transporting audiences from a samba parade in Rio to a 1930s French cabaret, the Portland-based, internationally loved Bowl Favorites return for a fanciful romp with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. For the first time ever, the dazzling China Forbes and bewitching Storm Large share the stage and co-helm the playfully diverse 12-piece band.
Tony Bennett (Aug 2) - ONE NIGHT ONLY!
The 17-time Grammy-winner had his first hit in 1951 and his albums continue to top the charts. This master, whose interpretations have shaped the Great American Songbook, returns to the Bowl for the first time since 2005 for a special ONE NIGHT ONLY performance.
An Evening with Willie Nelson & Family (Aug 9/10) Hollywood Bowl Orchestra * David Campbell, conductor
Additional artists to be announced Country music star, activist, songwriter and American music legend, 10-time Grammy-winner Willie Nelson is one of the world's most famous troubadours and a unique interpreter of the Great American Songbook. With hits such as "Crazy" and "Georgia on My Mind," Nelson returns with his humor and vocals to share the stage with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
John Williams: Maestro of the Movies (Aug 30/31) Los Angeles Philharmonic * John Williams, conductor * Julie Andrews, special guest narrator
The incomparable John Williams returns for a spectacular program of music from the silver screen featuring some of his most popular Hollywood hits, including Harry PotterTM, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars. This year, Williams is joined by legendary actress Julie Andrews for a loving tribute to the legacy of director Blake Edwards and composer Henry Mancini, who created such enduring classics as Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther, Peter Gunn, The Days of Wine and Roses and Victor/Victoria.
Blue Man Group (Sept 6/7) Hollywood Bowl Orchestra * Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Experience the joy, creativity, mystery and art of the internationally renowned entertainment phenomenon. The unique and dynamic partnership of Blue Man Group and orchestra will present a special blend of music, comedy, and theatrics, which is sure to delight and inspire.
Fireworks Finale: Earth, Wind & Fire (Sept 13/14) Hollywood Bowl Orchestra * Thomas Wilkins, conductor
The members of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire have been the masters of funk, soul and R&B for over four decades. Their music has influenced popular culture for generations and has become the soundtrack for so many lives. In a triumphant return to the Bowl, they'll groove through their hits, including "Shining Star," "Fantasy," "After the Love Has Gone," "September," and many more.
Queen Latifah Roy Ayers (July 10)
Movie star, rapper, Grammy-winner, Emmy-winner and Oscar-nominee Queen Latifah is also an entrancing vocalist known for singing cool sophisticated standards and swinging soul classics. Returning to the Bowl after her triumphant 2007 concert, she brings a charismatic blend of sass, easy-going humor and a voice reminiscent of jazz greats Etta, Nina and Ella. Funky jazz vibesman Ayers opens.
Multi-Grammy-winners and long-time musical Friends Sérgio Mendes and Herb Alpert & Lani Hall share the Bowl stage for a night of sublime jazz and irresistible Brazilian rhythms. Alpert & Hall bring their inventive sophistication and style to jazz standards and selections from the Great American Songbook. Renowned for hits such as "Mas Que Nada" and "The Look of Love," Mendes closes out the party with his breezy Rio-pop grooves.
Props To Pops: Dr. John's Tribute to Louis Armstrong The Blind Boys of Alabama, special guests Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Arturo Sandoval, Marcus Belgrave, Wendell Brunious, guest trumpeters Additional special guests to be announced (July 31)
New Orleans pianist Dr. John, with special guest trumpeters and singers, pays a loving tribute to New Orleans' most famous son, the great Satchmo. From "Mack the Knife,""When the Saints" and "Wonderful World" to his other lesser-known but seminal works, we bring Pops' world to life with gritty, swamp-style grooves and some unexpected renditions.
Iconic comedian and accomplished instrumentalist Steve Martin brings his love of bluegrass and the banjo for a humorous and spirited set with the Steep Canyon Rangers and special guest Edie Brickell. New Orleans' Pres Hall play vintage jazz and Peyroux opens with her Billie Holiday-tinged vocals and poetic, eclectic repertoire.
An Evening with Natalie Cole Additional artist to be announced (Aug 14)
Nine-time Grammy-winner, songwriter and beloved vocalist Natalie Cole has a career that ranges from gospel and R&B to the Great American Songbook. For this special return to the Bowl, she brings a new show and exciting new material that will be unforgettable.
Buddy Guy Funky Meters (Aug 21)
A pioneer of the Chicago blues sound, #30 on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time," a six-time Grammy-winner and recent Kennedy Center Honoree, Buddy Guy makes a welcome return with his searing guitar work and signature vocals. Tapping into The Roots of super-group The Meters, the Funky Meters blend funk, blues and dance grooves with a New Orleans vibe.
The consummate saxophonist celebrates the span of his musical career, from the '60s through Weather Report to the present day, with a jazz "who's who" of Friends and musical colleagues.
George Benson: An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole Dianne Reeves (Sept 11)
One of the world's great jazz guitarists and vocal stylists, George Benson celebrates the release of a new CD paying tribute to the legendary Nat King Cole in a wonderfully elegant show with orchestra and chorus plus his band. A magical moment in music history is captured with tunes such as "Mona Lisa," "Nature Boy" and "Ramblin' Rose," as well as some of Benson's own mega-hits. Four-time Grammy-winner and premiere jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves is the perfect complement with her gorgeous interpretations of standards and pop tunes.
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