the LA Phil kicked off its first official season at the Hollywood Bowl, thereby establishing a tradition of making the amazing venue its summer home, every summer since. Alfred Hertz led the orchestra, which was established three years prior in 1919, in a program that included Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Brahms’ “Hungarian Dances,” a suite from Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” and closed with Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.” The program also noted there would be “Dancing immediately after the program under the auspices of the Valada Girls Club, Hollywood.”
Now, 89 years later - tonight, the LA Phil kicks off its 90th season at the Bowl with its Opening Night at the Bowl Concert – Thomas Wilkins leads the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra as Harry Connick, Jr. and Gloria Estefan are inducted in the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, joining such Bowl luminaries as John Williams, Stevie Wonder, Joshua Bell and John Mauceri – and that’s only a list of the inductees playing this summer! Thanks for following along with the story of the Hollywood Bowl – don’t forget to share your own Bowl stories.