Opening Night at the Bowl honoring Donna Summer, the Carpenters and Jean-Yves Thibaudet

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Herb Alpert, presenter

Thomas Wilkins, conductor

Donna Summer, inductee

Carpenters, inductee; accepted by Richard Carpenter

About This Performance

The Hollywood Bowl launches its 89th season with the 2010 edition of the always-memorable Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl and Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame Concert, Friday, June 18, at 8:30 p.m. This year’s lineup of inductees features pop culture icon Donna Summer, the legendary Carpenters, accepted by Richard Carpenter, and world-renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Special guests and presenters for the evening will include multiple Grammy-winning musician, composer and producer Herb Alpert, who inducts the Carpenter. In a rare appearance, the special evening presents Richard Carpenter performing on the piano and conducting the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in a medley of Carpenters’ hits, as well as singing live with classic videos of the Carpenters on the Bowl’s video screens. Other treats of the evening include Summer singing some of her timeless hits, and Thibaudet playing several pieces which showcase his musical range; both artists perform with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Wilkins.

The Carpenters’ relationship with the Hollywood Bowl dates back to 1966, when 16-year-old Karen and 19-year-old Richard won three awards at the venue’s “Battle of the Bands” contest, an event that launched the duo’s legendary performing and recording career.

Donna Summer first appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in 1979, performing to sold-out crowds. She again performed before sold-out crowds when she appeared at the Bowl for two nights in 2008.

World-renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet first appeared on the Hollywood Bowl stage in 1989 and has performed at the venue on a regular basis since.

Proceeds from the evening benefit Music Matters, supporting the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s education programs. The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame is created and produced by Wayne Baruch and Charles F. Gayton. For information on patron, Pool Circle or Garden packages including reception, dinner, and prime concert seating, call 213.972.3051.

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