- By ARLENE WINNICK
It’s official – the Hollywood Bowl – LA’s quintessential landmark – has announced its summer season so dust off your picnic basket, grab a cushion and buy your tickets early as they are sure to sell out. There will be more than fifty performances including 14 concerts with LA Philharmonic Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel; twenty debut performances; July 4th and Tchaikovsky fireworks; perennial favorites like the Sing-A-Long Sound of Music, Movies Under the Stars with a live orchestra; Jazz Plus and KCRW’s World Festival; and super special events featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Viola Davis, Christina Aguilera, H.E.R., Ziggy Marley and Cynthia Erivo. The season will actually open in June with a series of free concerts – with the support of Kaiser Permanente – for frontline and essential workers. The public season launches with the two night July 4th Fireworks Spectacular featuring Kool & the Gang and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Some of my favorite highlights: Viola Davis narrating Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with Dudamel conducting the LA Phil; an all Gershwin concert in August; Dudamel’s Latin music celebration; the Bowl debut of pianists Isata Kanneh-Mason, Eric Lu and Lukáš Vondráček; singer/songwriter Cynthia Erivo; and the Tchaikovsky weekend with the USC Trojan Marching Band playing the 1812 Overture! A wide variety of food and wine offerings can be purchased from the on-site marketplaces plus pre-ordered picnic boxes and Supper in Your Seats are available.
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