Hollywood Bowl History
For more than 100 years, music and performance have had a central destination in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Bowl is a venue for showcasing artistic greatness and celebrating our global cultural heritage. It is also a proving ground for emerging artists and a living laboratory for experimentation and discovery. To explore the Bowl’s vibrant and dynamic past is to have a window on the voices and ideas that have influenced our history and continue to shape our world.
Hollywood’s first outdoor community theater production, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, is performed in Beachwood Canyon in the Hollywood Hills by the Theosophical Society as a tercentennial commemoration of Shakespeare’s death for the benefit of the Actors Fund of America. The one-night-only performance involves 5,000 play-actors, dancers, gladiators, and the student bodies of Hollywood and Fairfax High Schools. The enthusiasm for this event leads to the search for a permanent amphitheater for large-scale performances.
The production of The Light of Asia, a pageant based on Edwin Arnold’s epic poem on the life of Buddha, is a direct result of the success of the 1916 production of Julius Caesar. The Light of Asia is performed at the Krotona Colony in the Hollywood Hills. The organizer, Christine Weatherill Stevenson, heiress to the Pittsburgh Paint Company, is also a pioneer in the creation of the Hollywood Bowl.
The Theatre Arts Alliance Inc., with Christine Weatherill Stevenson as President, purchases 59 acres in Bolton Canyon for $47,500. This land becomes the site of the future Hollywood Bowl. At this time the canyon is also known as Daisy Dell, a popular picnic spot nestled in the Cahuenga Pass.
Mrs. Stevenson resigns from the Theatre Arts Alliance due to a conflict of interest regarding the organization's purpose. Her $21,000 contribution is reimbursed after her departure.
The site begins to be referred to as the Hollywood Bowl at community events.
The first entity to run and build the Bowl is the Community Park and Art Association founded October 25, 1920. F.W. Blanchard is the first president of the Association. Other founding members are C.E. Toberman, vice-president, and Artie Mason Carter, secretary. The Association purchases the land, known as Daisy Dell, where the Bowl now stands.
Hollywood High School’s production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and The Landing of the Pilgrims attract 10,000 people.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic performs its first Easter Sunrise Service.
The Women’s World Peace Concert on Armistice Day (November 11) is one of the first major events at the Bowl.
Before the establishment of an official season, Daisy Dell is used for presentations of choral programs, pageants, Shakespeare plays, and band concerts. Most of the proceeds are used to fund the Bowl's first concert season.
The Bowl's first stage consists of a simple wooden platform with a canvas top. Patrons sit on moveable wooden benches.
A pre-season performance of Bizet's Carmen is presented; the evening's proceeds are used to pay for the Hollywood Bowl's first seats.
Alfred Hertz, also known as the "father of the Bowl," conducts the inaugural concert of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. The season is titled "Hollywood Bowl Summer Concerts." On the bill were Wagner's Overture to Reinzi, the Andante cantabile movement from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, a selection of Brahms' Hungarian Dances, Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Fritz Kreisler's Liebesleid and Liebesfreud, and Rossini's Overture to William Tell.
The first 150 box seats are built in front of the bench seating sections.
The land is deeded to the County of Los Angeles to safeguard the Bowl for future generations. The Hollywood Bowl Association is established as the theatre's governing organization.
A backdrop is added to give the stage a more completed look. The stage is embellished with classical designs including Greek columns, pergolas and urns.
After several years of Hollywood Bowl concerts featuring popular, familiar favorites, renowned conductor Fritz Reiner brings what is considered "shockingly new music" by Stravinsky, Honegger, Falla and Rieti to the Bowl, to great acclaim and popularity. Sir Henry Wood leads the West Coast premiere of Holst's The Planets.
English-born composer, pianist, and conductor Ethel Leginska is the first female conductor at the Bowl. Her program includes her own Nursery Rhymes for soprano and chamber orchestra.
Allied Architects, an association founded in 1921 to provide governmental organizations with professional architects at a reasonable cost, creates the Bowl's first arched proscenium stage. The wooden frame consists of a low elliptical arch with a circular arch inside. The shell creates more acoustical problems than it solves, which leads to its renovation at the end of the season. The construction of a permanent seating area and stage facilities is completed.
Pasadena architect and Rose Bowl designer Myron Hunt creates an elliptical form for the Hollywood Bowl's seating amphitheater. His layout features monumental stairways that reinforce the seating area's dramatic balloon shape, which has been described as being "poised to fill with music and ascend."
With the completion of the Pacific Electric Railway on Highland Avenue, the Bowl becomes more accessible and sees an increase in attendance.
Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, is commissioned to design sets for several theatrical productions at the Bowl. He is subsequently commissioned to design a shell for the 1927 season; Lloyd Wright's pyramid shaped design becomes one of the most distinct and controversial shells built.
The first radio broadcasts are transmitted from the Bowl. The Los Angeles Philharmonic is the first major symphony orchestra in the United States to broadcast an entire concert on the radio.
During the year that Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue had its first performance at the Hollywood Bowl, season box holders included Cecil B. DeMille, Charles Chaplin, Sid Grauman, Fay Wray, Douglas Fairbanks, and Louis B. Mayer.
The Hollywood Bowl Association gives Lloyd Wright instructions to design a semi-circular shell and tackle the dual issues of acoustics and aesthetics. The shell consists of nine concentric segmented arches, which can be "tuned" panel by panel. The shell is at the forefront of the Streamline Moderne movement and is an acoustic success.
Aaron Copland performs at the Hollywood Bowl, playing the West Coast premiere of his Piano Concerto.
Percy Grainger, an Australian conductor and composer, conducts the world premiere of his works, including The Warriors: Music to an Imaginary Ballet and To a Nordic Princess. After the performance, Grainger marries Swedish poet Ella Viola Strom on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl.
Eugene Goossens conducts the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in the West Coast premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
Designed by the engineering firm of Elliot, Bowen, and Waltz and built by Allied Architects, the new 55-ton shell becomes an architectural icon. The massive shell is mounted on rails which allow it to be moved by tractors. Although the shell is ultimately replaced due to issues with acoustics and deterioration, the gracefully curved form becomes the signature shape of the Bowl shell.
The evening-long ballet Elysia, which is presented to celebrate the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, is one of a number of dance works that have been commissioned for performance at the Bowl.
Jascha Heifetz, considered the 20th century's greatest violinist, makes his Hollywood Bowl debut, returning many times throughout the years. In 1963, he performs Brahms' Double Concerto with master cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.
Lyric tenor and composer Roland Hayes performs a solo recital of classical repertoire and Spirituals. He is considered to be the first African-American male concert artist to receive wide acclaim both at home and internationally.
The establishment of the Southern California Symphony Association, with Harvey Mudd as president, creates an interlocking directorate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl.
While on his way to a new career in film, baritone Nelson Eddy makes his Bowl operatic debut. With his good looks and voice, Eddy is extremely popular both with opera aficionados and a younger audience known as "bobby soxers."
German director Max Reinhardt oversees a spectacular production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, seen by more than 100,000 during eight performances. The Hollywood Bowl's shell is moved, and tons of earth are hauled in to construct a hill for the forest setting. The cast includes John Lodge, William Farnum, Sterling Holloway, Mickey Rooney and budding Hollywood starlet Olivia de Havilland. Erich Wolfgang Korngold, a young Austrian composer, oversees the musical aspects of the extravaganza. He is later recognized as a pioneer in film music for his scores in Oscar winning films Adverse (1936) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).
Composer and conductor William Grant Still conducts Land of Romance from his Africa Suite and Scherzo from his Afro-American Symphony. On the occasion of this concert, Still becomes the first African-American to conduct a major American orchestra.
A performance by the French soprano Lily Pons sets the attendance record of 26,410 for a single concert.
Conductor Leopold Stokowski makes his Hollywood Bowl debut at the "Paramount Night of Stars," a benefit concert for the Southern California Symphony Association presented by Boris Morros, General Director of Music, Paramount Pictures. The concert features mezzo-soprano Gladys Swarthout, composer/conductor Victor Young, conductor Irvin Talbot, and dancers Veloz and Yolanda, among others.
The Rite of Spring is performed at the Hollywood Bowl, staged by Lester Horton in the first time that Stravinsky's music is utilized by an American-born choreographer. The ballet features Bella Lewitzky, who goes on to become an internationally famous choreographer herself.
Viscount Hidemaro Konoye is the first Japanese conductor to appear at the Hollywood Bowl. Konoye conducts the ballet Etenraku (roughly translated as "Music Coming through Heaven.") His fellow countryman Michio Ito choreographs the ballet.
A memorial service held for George Gershwin, who died on July 11, 1937, is attended by a cast of Hollywood's "who's who." Among those who speak or perform during the service are Fred Astaire, Eddie Cantor, Otto Klemperer and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Oscar Levant, and José Iturbi.
Wagner's Die Walküre, starring Maria Jeritza as Brünnhilde, is considered the most lavish opera production staged at the Hollywood Bowl. It features dazzling lighting effects, fire, and smoke for the famous opening of Act III, "Ride of the Valkyries," with costumed Valkyries riding horses down the hillside behind the Bowl.
Jazz comes to the Bowl for the first time with a performance by clarinetist Benny Goodman.
Lorin Maazel, violinist and conductor, performs at the Hollywood Bowl at the age of 9.
The Tea Room is built at the bottom of the hill on Peppertree Lane as one of the WPA projects. Before an official Tea Room was built, the Bowl provided dining services to patrons in a covered patio called the Tea Garden. Patrons use the Tea Room as a dining and socializing area before evening concerts.
Sculptor George Stanley designs the Muse of Music, a 15-foot-high granite fountain, which is built at the entrance of the Hollywood Bowl. The statue is erected and paid for by the WPA at a cost of $100,000. Stanley is also known for his Oscar statuette, which is another prime example of Streamline Moderne style.
Stravinsky conducts Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Symphony No. 2 and his own Firebird Suite. This production is choreographed and staged for the Bowl by Adolph Bolm, a Russian-born American ballet dancer and choreographer of Scandinavian descent.
Hollywood Bowl audiences are limited to 5,000 due to war-related safety concerns.
At the conclusion of Vladimir Horowitz’s Hollywood Bowl performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, the composer walks on stage, takes Horowitz by the hand and tells the pianist that his performance is how the composer has always dreamed his work should be played. Horowitz later describes this as "the greatest moment of my life."
Frank Sinatra’s Hollywood Bowl debut on August 14 is the first appearance by a pop singer with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Pianist Arthur Rubinstein, who makes his home in Los Angeles from 1941 through 1953, proudly accepts a trophy for performing for the Hollywood Bowl’s largest audience of the season.
The Hollywood Bowl War Bond Show on July 4 is produced to raise funds for the U.S. Army Air Force.
George Szell conducts Puerto Rican pianist Jesús Maria Sanromá in a performance of Burleske by Richard Strauss.
Conductor Leonard Bernstein makes his first conducting appearance at the Bowl in the West Coast premiere of his score to the ballet Fancy Free.
Leopold Stokowski is appointed as the first Music Director of the Hollywood Bowl Symphony. Arnold Schoenberg writes Fanfare for a Bowl Concert for Stokowski, who presented its premiere. Until 1951, the Los Angeles Philharmonic uses the titles "Hollywood Bowl Symphony" and "Hollywood Bowl Orchestra" interchangeably to reflect the performing ensemble at its summer home.
Conductor and arranger Johnny Green makes his Hollywood Bowl debut, ultimately performing 77 American musical theater pops concerts over the course of 39 years.
Violinist Isaac Stern performs Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole with Leopold Stokowski conducting the Hollywood Bowl Symphony.
Although rain begins to fall during a memorable Hollywood Bowl concert by Judy Garland, not a soul leaves.
Hollywood Bowl Music Director Leopold Stokowski conducts 17-year old violinist Camilla Wicks and the orchestra in a performance of Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor.
The Patroness Committee, the Hollywood Bowl’s first volunteer group, is founded.
Eugene Ormandy is named Music Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He leads the first West Coast performance of Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 8.
George London, a Hollywood Bowl usher during his high school days and later a noted bass-baritone with the New York Metropolitan Opera, makes his professional debut at the Bowl.
Photo credits: Hollywood Bowl Museum Collection, Music Center Archives/ Otto Rothschild Collection, Hartok Attractions, and Ed Henderson Photos
Following the costly and ultimately unpopular five-night performance run of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, the season abruptly closes at the end of its first week. Dorothy Chandler forms an emergency committee that revises the artistic and community vision for the Bowl. The season resumes 12 days later, closing with a small profit and financial support for the modernization of the grounds to be used the following year.
The Hollywood Freeway opens near the Bowl, altering the environment and creating more ambient traffic noise around the venue.
A decorative reflecting pool measuring 106 feet long, 36 feet wide, and six feet deep, with a capacity of 100,000 gallons of water, is installed in front of the stage.
Composers Heitor Villa-Lobos and Sir William Walton conduct concerts of their own works. Arminda Neves d’Almeida and Villa Lobos
Otto Klemperer conducts the 1,000th concert at the Hollywood Bowl, a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Peggy Lee makes her Hollywood Bowl debut and later appears in one of the first television programs shot at the Bowl.
Six 35-foot light and sound towers are built along the east and west perimeters of the Bowl’s seating area.
Georg Solti debuts at the Hollywood Bowl conducting Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Strauss’ tone poem Don Juan.
Nat "King" Cole and his trio make their debut at the Bowl. He is one of a handful of non-classical performers to have as many as six consecutive annual appearances at the Bowl, from 1954 to 1959.
The distinguished French conductor Pierre Monteux leads the orchestra in a concert of the rarely heard Interludes from Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande.
Perhaps the most ambitious project of the decade at the Hollywood Bowl, the progressive Festival of the Americas, led by Music Director Leonard Bernstein, brings together such diverse artists as Isaac Stern, Martha Graham and her company, Mexican composer and conductor Carlos Chávez, Dave Brubeck, Billie Holiday, André Previn, and Shelly Manne.
Violinist Isaac Stern performs Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium for Violin and String Orchestra, conducted by the composer.
Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, and the Oscar Peterson Trio perform a sold-out show. This is documented in the first jazz recording ever made at the Bowl.
Pianist Van Cliburn debuts at the Hollywood Bowl fresh from his recent win at the Moscow Tchaikovsky competition.
Duane Eddy is the first rock 'n' roll artist to appear at the Hollywood Bowl, in a year that also sees the first of several Dick Clark-produced revues at the Bowl.
Dorothy Buffum Chandler is honored with the premiere of "The Dorothy Chandler Theme for the Hollywood Bowl," a carillon fanfare by Elinor Remick Warren that calls concert-goers to their seats for many years. Mrs. Chandler had not only spearheaded the drive to reopen the Hollywood Bowl following its 1951 troubles but also served as president of the Bowl Association, overseeing the Bowl’s modernization and improvements. Among many other accomplishments, she is credited with the introduction of the Bowl’s beloved picnicking tradition.
The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus perform on the Hollywood Bowl’s stage complete with elephants, flying trapeze, and cannons.
A fountain is installed in the reflecting pool. Its rainbow-colored water show becomes a popular feature during intermissions. A particularly beautiful effect is achieved when an underwater gas jet is turned on, allowing the fountain to spout fire and water at the same time.
Famed Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan makes his Hollywood Bowl and Philharmonic debut with works by Wagner, Mozart, and Richard Strauss, and a rare performance of Charles Ives’ Unanswered Question.
The inaugural concert of the Los Angeles Jazz Festival features Machito, Lester Horton Dancers, Thelonious Monk, Cal Tjader, Hi-Lo’s, Count Basie with Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, Shorty Rogers, Nina Simone, George Shearing, and Benny Carter.
Photo credits: Hollywood Bowl Museum Collection, Music Center Archives/Otto Rothschild Collection, Wayne J. Shilkret, ABC Photos
Ella Fitzgerald makes her second appearance at the Bowl. Over her lifetime she performs a total of five times at the venue.
Conductor Zubin Mehta makes his Hollywood Bowl debut. He becomes Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1962, a position he holds until 1978. In later years, he remarks, "I don’t think that there has been an important musical artist in the 20th century, either classical or pop, who has not enthralled thousands at the Hollywood Bowl. To be invited to appear on its stage is as prestigious to the West Coast as Carnegie Hall is to the East."
The first two moving sidewalks are constructed at the Hollywood Bowl.
The first national telecast of a Hollywood Bowl concert is taped by KHJ-TV (now KCAL-TV) and airs on August 1. The Tchaikovsky program is conducted by André Kostelanetz and features pianist Lorin Hollander.
Stravinsky celebrates his 80th birthday at the Bowl, leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic in The Rite of Spring and Fireworks.
Mexico’s celebrated Ballet Folklórico makes its U.S. debut at the Hollywood Bowl.
Jascha Heifetz performs Brahms' Double Concerto with master cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.
The Beatles make their first appearance at the Hollywood Bowl. Despite the fact that only one newspaper ad announces the show and news of the concert spreads primarily by word of mouth, tickets sell out within three hours. The Beatles return for two more shows in 1965. Twelve years later, Capitol Records releases "The Beatles At the Hollywood Bowl" featuring selections from the 1964 and 1965 concerts.
The Bowl hosts a "Beach Boys Summer Spectacular," an American response to what is commonly referred to as the "British Invasion" (when rock and pop music acts from the United Kingdom, as well as other aspects of British culture, became popular in the United Sates). The Beach Boys return to the Bowl several times, including a solo appearance by Brian Wilson in 2012.
Composers Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland conduct their own works.
Bob Dylan makes his debut at the Hollywood Bowl. He returns in 1993, 1999, and 2012. Bob Dylan and Joan Baez
Sonny and Cher make their Bowl debut. Cher returns to the Bowl stage for two nights of performances in 2005.
Violinist Itzhak Perlman makes his Hollywood Bowl debut, commenting in later years that "I have had a lot of experience playing outdoors, but nothing as special or exciting as playing at the Hollywood Bowl."
Mexican composer and conductor Carlos Chávez conducts a concert featuring his own Sinfonía India.
African American and native Angeleno conductor Henry Lewis conducts performances by mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, his wife at the time, in arias from the works of French composers including Massenet, Gounod, and Bizet and Brünnhilde’s Immolation from Götterdämmerung. Lewis conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Symphony for Youth concerts from 1961 – 1965, and is appointed Assistant conductor by Zubin Mehta for the 1964/65 season.
Simon & Garfunkel make their first appearance at the Bowl. They return in 1968 and 2004.
Jimi Hendrix opens for the Mamas and the Papas. Hendrix returns as a headliner in 1968.
The Who perform in their Bowl debut, returning again in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006.
The Doors perform for the first time at the Bowl. This evening is taped and filmed for album and video release. They return only once, in 1972, with Frank Zappa and Tim Buckley.
Cellist Jacqueline Du Pré debuts at the Bowl in a performance of the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1, with her husband Daniel Barenboim conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Ernest Fleischmann is hired as General Director of the Hollywood Bowl and Executive Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Under Fleischmann’s leadership, both venues experience greater attendance by a younger audience, due at least in part to a student ticket discount program, the establishment of musical marathons, and Open House, an educational program geared toward young children. Over the years, the program provides generations of children with their first performing arts experience and now attracts approximately 36,000 children annually. In 2003 Open House is renamed Summer Sounds.
B.B. King makes his Hollywood Bowl debut. He returns in 1974, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2012.
The "Tchaikovsky Spectacular" with fireworks becomes a yearly tradition at the Bowl.
The Hollywood Bowl invites artists such as Janis Joplin and Sly and the Family Stone to perform to a packed amphitheater. Carlos Santana and the Youngbloods make a special guest performance. Janis Joplin performs at the Bowl in 1967 and 1968. Sly and the Family Stone return in 1974. Carlos Santana returns to the Bowl in 1993, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2011.
Photo credits: Hollywood Bowl Museum Collection, Music Pictures, Dana Ross Photography, David Weiss, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Archives
Architect Frank Gehry and acoustician Christopher Jaffee are hired to improve the Bowl’s acoustics. They install sonotubes, prefabricated cardboard forms used to create concrete columns, which are placed inside the shell and extended along the outer wings of the stage, enhancing the sound for both the audience and musicians. However, the placement of the sonotubes obstructs views of the Bowl’s famous shell, which creates public outcry.
Stevie Wonder performs at the Hollywood Bowl for the first time.
Deep Purple plays with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, becoming the first rock band to perform with the orchestra.
"Bach at the Bowl Mini-Marathon," directed by Lukas Foss, is the first marathon concert to be presented at the Hollywood Bowl.
Pianist Alfred Brendel debuts at the Bowl in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19.
Beverly Sills, Plácido Domingo, and Sherrill Milnes star in a production of La Traviata with James Levine conducting.
James Taylor makes his Hollywood Bowl debut. He returns in 2001, 2005, 2010, and 2014.
Jesus Christ Superstar is performed at the Bowl.
The reflecting pool is drained to eliminate further damage to the Bowl’s acoustics and the performers’ string instruments. An exclusive section of box seats with its own concierge and food service (installed in 1995) now occupy the space; it is named the "Pool Circle" in memory of the reflecting pool.
Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, and Joe Cocker all headline at the Hollywood Bowl.
Hollywood Bowl’s 50th season opens with soprano Jessye Norman making her U.S. operatic debut in a concert performance of Aida conducted by James Levine.
The season includes Baroque, Beethoven and Stravinsky marathons directed by Lukas Foss.
Rod Stewart makes his Bowl debut. He returns in 1989, 1996, 1998, 2004, and 2011.
José Carreras appears in Rigoletto.
Renowned flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal debuts at the Bowl with a performance of Khachaturian’s Flute Concerto in D minor.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents film composers Elmer Bernstein, John Green and John Barry conducting music from their own and others’ movie scores in a concert titled "Filmharmonic ’73-The Academy at the Bowl."
Opera newcomer Luciano Pavarotti makes his Hollywood Bowl debut. He sings Rodolfo in a semi-staged production of Puccini’s La bohème. After achieving renown as one of the opera world’s greatest stars, Pavarotti becomes a Bowl favorite, consistently performing to sold-out crowds.
Elton John performs for a TV special at the Bowl. One of the most popular pop stars to perform at the venue, he returns to the Bowl in 1982, 1988, and 1995, usually performing for three nights in a row.
Procol Harum performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Bowl.
Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas debuts at the Bowl with performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, with soloist André Watts, and scenes from Boris Godunov featuring bass-baritone Norman Treigle.
Pianist Emanuel Ax debuts at the Hollywood Bowl in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
Mel Tormé makes his Bowl debut. Tormé becomes a long-standing Bowl artist; his final Bowl concert is in 1995. The celebration features the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Clark Terry, Doc Cheatham, Roy Hargrove, and Terence Blanchard.
Conductor Simon Rattle debuts at the Bowl conducting the London Schools Symphony Orchestra.
The Star Wars Concert, complete with lasers, takes place at the Hollywood Bowl. The Los Angeles Philharmonic starts a nation-wide phenomenon becoming the first orchestra to dazzle audiences with this new technology. This concert happens only six months after the film’s theatrical release.
Flutist James Galway debuts at the Bowl performing concertos by Bach, Vivaldi, and Mozart during a three-day-long Baroque Festival.
Conductor John Williams makes his Hollywood Bowl debut. Williams, who conducts his own film scores, remains one of the Bowl’s most popular attractions.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma debuts at the Bowl in a performance of Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1. He is joined by colleagues Yefim Bronfman and Shlomo Mintz in Beethoven’s "Triple" Concerto in C for Piano, Violin, and Cello.
Leonard Slatkin makes his conducting debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. His father, Felix Slatkin, debuted at the Bowl as a violinist in 1935 and made many recordings during the 1950s with the Hollywood Bowl Symphony.
The first Playboy Jazz Festival is held at the Hollywood Bowl.
Ballet great Mikhail Baryshnikov causes a sensation at his Hollywood Bowl debut. His three performances with the New York City Ballet have been his only Bowl performances to date.
Photo credits: Hollywood Bowl Museum Collection, Robert Millard, Donald Dietz, Mark Sink, and Jack Mitchell
Frank Gehry replaces the sonotubes with suspended hollow fiberglass spheres, allowing the musicians to hear one another better.
Jazz at the Bowl, a series sponsored by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is inaugurated. The first season includes Chick Corea, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner, Big Mama Thornton, Lloyd Glenn, Mel Tormé, and Carmen McRae.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Carlo Maria Giulini makes his Bowl debut in a concert of works by Mozart and the rarely heard Four Sacred Pieces by Verdi.
Survival Sunday III, a rock concert bringing awareness to the anti-nuclear movement, features rock legends Jackson Browne, Gary U.S. Bonds, The Chambers Brothers, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Rankin, Stephen Stills, Peter Yarrow, and others.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, conceived by Leonard Bernstein and co-founded by Ernest Fleischmann, is established at the Hollywood Bowl with Bernstein and conductor Daniel Lewis as artistic directors. The program operates for ten seasons, providing world-class training for young instrumentalists and conductors, many of whom have since returned to the Bowl to perform, including Keith Lockhart and David Alan Miller.
Monty Python Live at The Hollywood Bowl brings the popular English comedy troupe which filmed its performance for release as a motion picture.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic hosts a two-week Stravinsky Festival to celebrate the composer’s centenary, conducted by Principal Guest Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Pianist Michel Béroff performs Stravinsky’s Movements for Piano and Orchestra.
Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock kick off the Jazz at the Bowl series. Their piano duet is the highlight of the concert.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Guest Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Michel Beroff in Stravinsky’s Movements for Piano and Orchestra as part of a two week Stravinsky Centenary Festival at the Bowl.
The Go-Go’s are the first all-female rock band to perform at the Hollywood Bowl.
Miles Davis and Gil Evans, two of the most influential jazz artists of the 20th century, open the Jazz at the Bowl series. Rounding off the 1983 jazz season is a concert featuring a unique blend of jazz greats – Dave Brubeck Quartet, Stan Getz Quartet, and Gerry Mulligan and his quartet.
Leonard Bernstein conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3.
The Hollywood Bowl Museum opens in the building that was originally the Tea Room.
Ray Charles makes his Hollywood Bowl debut at the Playboy Jazz Festival. He returns in 1996 and 2001.
Buddy Rich and the Buddy Rich Orchestra open the Jazz at the Bowl series. Special guest and Bowl alumna Rosemary Clooney performs along with the Harry James Orchestra. The concert is a tribute to the late all-time-great trumpeter Harry James, who passed away the year before.
The 23rd Summer Olympic Games are held in Los Angeles. This is the second time the Olympics are held in LA. The Bowl produces a jazz marathon including performances by Free Flight, The Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Count Basie Orchestra, and Joe Williams. Part of the programming is the recreation of the 1784 Westminster Abbey performance of Handel’s Messiah.
Esa-Pekka Salonen makes his debut at the Bowl. He later becomes the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Music Director, a post he holds from 1992 to 2009.
Kiri Te Kanawa makes her Hollywood Bowl debut in a solo recital with pianist Martin Katz.
Renowned pianist Leon Fleisher returns to the Bowl after a 20-year hiatus due to loss of the use of his right hand, diagnosed as focal dystonia.
Violinist Joshua Bell debuts at the Bowl performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in an all Tchaikovsky program conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig.
Lorraine Hunt makes her Hollywood Bowl debut as Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio.
Violinist Midori debuts at the Bowl with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director André Previn conducts one of his signature works - Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony as well as Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring pianist Krystian Zimerman.
"Chamber Music at the Ford Amphitheater" is inaugurated. These performances take place on the east side of Highland Avenue at the venue formerly known as the Pilgrimage Theater.
Russian conductor Yuri Temirkanov makes his Hollywood Bowl and Los Angeles Philharmonic debut.
Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet debuts at the Bowl in a performance of Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2.
Lou Rawls makes his Hollywood Bowl debut.
Photo credits: Hollywood Bowl Museum Collection, Hollywood Bowl Museum Archives, Josh Daniel, Serrat/ EMI Pathe Marconii, Mathew Imaging, David Weiss
The Mariachi USA Festival is launched, joining the Playboy Jazz Festival as one of the pillars of pre-season events at the Hollywood Bowl.
Principal Guest Conductor Simon Rattle conducts Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.
Tony Bennett and Diane Schuur make their first Hollywood Bowl appearance alongside George Shearing.
As part of the L.A. Festival, the Hollywood Bowl presents the first cut of Peter Sellars’ silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, accompanied by John Adams’ Harmonielehre.
The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra is founded as a separate entity from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. John Mauceri serves as the first conductor, from 1991 to 2006. Under his direction, the Orchestra develops an international reputation as a result of its successful recordings and popular performances with the increasing emphasis on multimedia events, often incorporating film elements projected onto the big screen.
Violinist Gil Shaham makes his Hollywood Bowl debut in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor with conductor David Alan Miller and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Music Director-Designate Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in two concerts of works that the orchestra performs later that summer as Resident Orchestra at the 1992 Salzburg Festival.
The Bowl’s "A Hot Night of Blues" concert brings together John Lee Hooker, the Coast to Coast Blues Band, Albert Collins, Etta James, the Roots Band, Charles Brown, and Maceo Parker.
10-year-old violinist Sarah Chang makes her Hollywood Bowl debut with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.
Paul McCartney returns as a solo act to host an Earth Day concert at the Bowl. This concert also features Don Henley, Steve Miller, 10,000 Maniacs, and Kenny Loggins. McCartney jokingly addresses the audience saying "You look a bit different than the last time I was here." McCartney is joined by fellow ex-Beatle Ringo Starr on drums for the concert’s finale.
Madonna, Tina Turner, John Paul Jones, and Whitney Houston perform. Tina Turner and John Paul Jones
Natalie Cole debuts with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Natalie Cole and John Mauceri
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts his first Bowl concert as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and The Chairman Dances by John Adams, plus Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto with soloist Arturo Sandoval.
George Benson, Lee Ritenour, and Mundell Lowe perform at the Bowl in a concert aptly named "Guitar Greats."
The Hollywood Bowl hosts World Cup Week, featuring artists ranging from Van Cliburn and Itzhak Perlman to Linda Ronstadt and Garth Brooks.
Famed pianist Maria Tipo makes her Hollywood Bowl debut in the twilight of her career.
German-born chanteuse Ute Lemper appears for the first time with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in an evening of songs from the cabaret repertoire.
An extensive multi-phase renovation is initiated to bring the Bowl’s technical infrastructure up to date and visually enhance and unify the amphitheater’s supporting buildings. A completely new stage, shell, backstage, and office areas are built. Highlights of the renovations include an expansion of the Hollywood Bowl Museum and the main entrance plaza, where the Box Office, Information Center, and Bowl Store are now located.
Dionne Warwick performs with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in an evening featuring songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David as well as Brazilian jazz.
The Hollywood Bowl Museum is completely rebuilt and reopened as the Edmund D. Edelman Hollywood Bowl Museum in honor of the former member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (1975 to 1994).
The multi-talented singer-actress-comedienne Carol Burnett performs Broadway tunes with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Conductor Nicholas McGegan makes his Hollywood Bowl debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a concert featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 32 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, plus pianist Robert Levin in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, and Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Mark Baranov playing Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 in F for Violin and Orchestra.
The A Night in Brazil is inaugurated with performances by Djavan and special guests João Bosco, Oscar Castro-Neves, and Rosa Passos.
The first ever Hollywood Bowl Gala is held, honoring the memory of Ella Fitzgerald. This concert spawns the creation of the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame which was inaugurated in 2000.
Kent Nagano conducts a performance of The Damnation of Faust by Berlioz.
A Southern blues concert features Buddy Guy, the Neville Brothers, and Dr. John.
The three-year mini-series A Night in Brazil runs for the last time with a salute to Antonio Carlos Jobim and features Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Nana Vasconcelos, and Oscar Castro-Neves.
The Jazz at the Bowl series includes performances by Oscar Peterson, who makes his first Los Angeles appearance in eight years; Niels-Henning Ørsted Pederson; Diana Krall; The Mancini Institute Orchestra; and Ray Pizzi.
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a performance of his own LA Variations.
Vocalist Dianne Reeves electrifies the audience in her fifth appearance at the Playboy Jazz Festival with standout performances and surprise guest keyboardist George Duke.
George Martin, producer of The Beatles, organizes and conducts the first Beatles tribute concert.
National Public Radio member station KCRW initiates its World Music Festival series to present popular and classical music from diverse countries throughout the world. The Dalai Lama appears as part of the festival.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents a concert which features works by Stravinsky, Scriabin, Ligeti, and Varèse, including a film for the latter’s Déserts by Bill Viola.
Dawn Upshaw debuts at the Bowl with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing Shéhérazade by Ravel.
Photo credits: Hollywood Bowl Museum Collection, Mathew, David Weiss, Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times /Getty Images, Marc Goldstein, James O'Mara, John Sann, Robert Millard, Grant Leighton, Lois Greenfield, Hermosa Wave Photography
The architectural firm Hodgetts & Fung designs a renovation of the Hollywood Bowl shell to bring the performance stage and backstage facilities up to current seismic standards. The multi-phase plan is completed in 2004.
The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame is established as an annual fund-raising event. The first two inductees are John Williams and Garth Brooks.
In her Hollywood Bowl debut, Audra McDonald shares the stage with Patti LuPone and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in a celebration of Broadway and popular songs.
17-year-old Lang Lang makes his Hollywood Bowl debut.
Dave Brubeck celebrates his 80th birthday with a concert tribute.
Nicholas Payton, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Roy Hargrove, and Jon Faddis join the Bowl to honor Louis Armstrong’s 100th birthday.
Itzhak Perlman makes his conducting debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Dvořák.
Brian Wilson makes his solo Bowl debut with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He returns in 2005 with his sixth studio album, SMiLE.
Hall of Fame inductees are Marilyn Horne, Monty Python, Bonnie Raitt, John Raitt, and Stevie Wonder.
"Global Divas," with Cesaria Evora and Bebel Gilberto, debuts.
KCRW World Festival debuts Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club with Rubén González, Omara Portuondo and Ibrahim Ferrer.
Jazz at the Bowl highlights include Shirley Horn, Lou Rawls and Les McCann in his last performance at the Bowl.
The Latin Festival brings together the world renowned Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and two of Cuba’s most dazzling stars, Arturo Sandoval and Albita, with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Miguel Harth-Bedoya as conductor. The concert is organized to celebrate composer Joaquin Rodrigo’s 100th birthday.
Radiohead makes its Bowl debut and returns in 2003 for two performances.
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the West Coast premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ All Rise for orchestra, choir, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. The concert happens 2 days after the events of 9/11.
Björk performs at the Hollywood Bowl. She returns in 2003 and 2013.
Jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves is appointed first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Hall of Fame inductees are Kathleen Battle, George Harrison, Randy Newman, and Bernadette Peters.
The Chieftains return to the Bowl to celebrate their 40th anniversary as a band. They play with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Randall Craig Fleisher conducting.
Seven-time Grammy winner and saxophonist Michael Brecker receives a standing ovation after he takes the stage for a rare, five-minute sax solo with no accompaniment, as part of Herbie Hancock’s set at the Playboy Jazz Festival.
KCRW World Festival includes the debut of Reggae Night, with Steel Pulse, Lucky Dube, and Burning Spear. This is now one of the Southland’s premiere annual reggae events.
The distinguished German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff makes his Hollywood Bowl with Mahler's Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn.
The inaugural Korean Music Festival is brought to Southern California by the Korea Times for the benefit of the Korean community in Los Angeles.
Coldplay makes its Hollywood Bowl debut with two performances. The band returns in 2012 for three nights.
Hall of Fame inductees are Roger Daltrey, Nathan Lane, Patti LuPone, The Smothers Brothers, and Leopold Stokowski.
João Gilberto makes his first appearance at the Bowl after a 39-year hiatus.
The Movie Music of Spike Lee, includes clips and music by Terence Blanchard. Public Enemy close the show with "Fight The Power."
Ben Harper debuts at the Hollywood Bowl. He returns in 2013.
For the final week of the 2003 season, the Bowl offers Treasures of China. The Peking Acrobats make their Bowl debut, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by John Mauceri, plays classical hits and scores from famous Chinese films
James Brown makes his Hollywood Bowl debut.
Hall of Fame inductees include Henry Mancini and Brian Wilson.
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Mendelssohn’s Overture and Incidental music to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring "A Noise Within." This event marks the 70th anniversary of Max Reinhardt’s 1934 production at the Bowl, as well as being the first performance of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the new Hollywood Bowl shell.
Marin Alsop leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a rare staged performance of Leonard Bernstein’s 1971 "Mass."
The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra pays tribute to film scores from the Walt Disney films Steamboat Willie, Fantasia, and The Lion King.
Jazz at the Bowl includes a performance by Van Morrison – in conjunction with a release of an album on Blue Note. LA Phil Creative Chair for Jazz Dianne Reeves opens the series.
Hall of Fame inductees are Joshua Bell, Frank Sinatra, and Trisha Yearwood.
Leonard Slatkin is appointed as the first Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Slatkin programs a week of Gershwin’s music, featuring selections from Porgy and Bess, with Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and others.
Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan perform. Knight returns to the Bowl in 2007, 2011, 2013, and 2014; Khan returns in 2012.
Yo-Yo Ma performs with his Silk Road Ensemble in the first of many Bowl appearances.
Gustavo Dudamel makes his U.S. conducting debut at the age of 24. Dudamel conducts Revueltas’ La noche de los Mayas and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.
A concert titled "AFI’s 100 Years of Film Scores" features classic scenes from movies projected on the Bowl’s big screen and accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Luciano Pavarotti performs his farewell concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Christian McBride assumes the position of Creative Chair for Jazz.
Hall of Fame inductees are Carlos Santana and André Watts.
KCRW World Fesitval presents the first ever Bollywood night at the Bowl, featuring A.R. Rahman and Musafir with colorful movie clips on the Bowl's side screens.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago makes its Hollywood Bowl debut dancing to Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor.
Douglas Sills and Betty Buckley perform in the Broadway version of classic film noir Sunset Blvd.
Jazz at the Bowl includes a performance by James Brown with a jazz big band, based on his jazz and soul album Soul On Top. The event is curated and musically directed by Creative Chair for Jazz Christian McBride. It is to be James Brown’s last Bowl performance and last major venue play before he passes away in December 2006.
Roger Waters performs the Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon for three nights.
Aerosmith makes its Bowl debut and returns in 2012 with Cheap Trick.
Hall of Fame inductees are Plácido Domingo and John Mauceri.
Cheap Trick and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra celebrate the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s 40th anniversary.
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts his own Foreign Bodies in the world premiere of choreography by Diavolo. The choreography was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic as the first of three commissions.
Thomas Wilkins is appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Tower of Power celebrates its 40th anniversary at the Playboy Jazz Festival.
Hall of Fame inductees are Sir James Galway, Liza Minnelli, and B.B. King.
Gilberto Gil makes his Bowl debut performance. He returns in 2012.
Bramwell Tovey is appointed as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. He debuts with performances of his own composition Urban Runway and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
KCRW World Festival Reggae Night features performances by British reggae stars UB40, Beres Hammond, and Barrington Levy.
Bossa Nova at 50 celebrates the first 50 years of bossa nova. Pioneering Brazilian musician Oscar Castro-Neves presides over the concert, which features Vince Mendoza.
The Police, The Cure, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds perform.
Beck makes his Bowl debut with featured bands Spoon and MGMT. He returns in 2011.
Hall of Fame inductees are Kiri Te Kanawa and Josh Groban.
Bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding makes her debut at the 31st Playboy Jazz Festival. At the festival, Sergio Mendes, Eddie Palmieri, and Poncho Sanchez band together for a stellar show. Buddy Guy performs with featured artists Dr. John & The Lower 911 and James Cotton.
The Philip Glass Ensemble joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic to perform Glass’ score to Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 film Koyaanisqatsi.
Grace Jones makes her Hollywood Bowl debut as part of the KCRW World Festival.
A special festival celebrates the beginning of Gustavo Dudamel’s tenure as the 11th Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The "¡Bienvenido Gustavo!" concert, inspired by Dudamel’s dedication to the music education of young children, includes performances by young people along with established artists. Performers include: André Crouch with a gospel choir; Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) with the Silverlake Conservatory Ensemble; Herbie Hancock with the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Jazz Band; David Hidalgo and Taj Mahal with Los Cenzontles; and the Philharmonic-sponsored YOLA EXPO Center Youth Orchestra. The concert concludes with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a combined choir from throughout the Los Angeles area.
Rock and Pop performances include Taj Mahal, Depeche Mode, and Death Cab for Cutie with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Photo credits: Hollywood Bowl Museum Collection, Mathew Imaging, Paul Lebelle, Adam Latham
Jazz icon and fourteen-time Grammy Award winner Herbie Hancock is named Creative Chair for Jazz.
Trombone Shorty and his group Orleans Avenue make their Playboy Jazz Festival debut.
Hall of Fame inductees are Donna Summer, The Carpenters, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Smokey Robinson makes his Bowl debut, celebrating 50 years in the music business.
Bugs Bunny on Broadway, an orchestra-and-film concert that debuted in 1990, celebrates its 20th anniversary with the newly re-imagined production, "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony." Animated cartoon characters are accompanied by a live orchestra and performances of classical music.
Music Director Gustavo Dudamel makes his Los Angeles opera conducting debut, leading a performance of Bizet’s Carmen.
Jazz at the Bowl includes performances by The Neville Brothers, and Preservation Hall with Trey McIntyre Dance Project, which combines jazz and contemporary dance.
The Big Picture, one of the Bowl’s most popular annual orchestra-and-film programs, pays tribute to the 75-year legacy of 20th Century Fox. "The Big Picture: The Films of 20th Century Fox," celebrates some of the greatest films in the studio’s history, including Star Wars, All About Eve, Cleopatra, Alien, Planet of the Apes, and Avatar.
"¡Viva México!" celebrates the bicentennial of Mexico’s independence and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, featuring artists Ozomatli, Los Super Seven, Mexican Institute of Sound, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, and Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company.
Hall of Fame inductees are Harry Connick, Jr. and Gloria Estefan.
David Newman conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a musical accompaniment to the film West Side Story, marking the film’s 50th anniversary.
Gustavo Dudamel conducts pianist Lang Lang in a performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
Pinchas Zukerman performs Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Dolly Parton makes her debut at the Hollywood Bowl.
Stevie Wonder and YOLA, the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, perform a sellout show on the KCRW World Festival.
"Joni’s Jazz," a celebration of the music of Joni Mitchell with Kurt Elling, Aimee Mann, Glen Hansard, Cassandra Wilson, Chaka Khan, and Herbie Hancock, is presented.
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club and guests perform at the Bowl.
Renovation of all public restrooms and new LED jumbo screens are added to the amphitheater. The new LED screens are brighter and less susceptible to interference from ambient light, which makes them particularly suitable for early evening Bowl concerts.
Hall of Fame inductees are Reba McEntire and Chaka Khan. Reba McEntire, Conductor Thomas Wilkins and Chaka Khan
The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents the world premiere of Frozen Planet in Concert, led by the film’s award-winning conductor and composer, George Fenton. The LA Phil performs the documentary film’s score while the film plays on the Bowl’s big screens. This concert was the culmination of the BBC and Discovery Channel trilogy of documentary films titled The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, and Frozen Planet. The Blue Planet Live was performed in 2003, and Planet Earth Live was performed in 2010.
Smokey Robinson makes his orchestra debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Sarah Hicks. He returns in 2015 for the annual three-day "July 4th Fireworks Spectacular" concerts.
Yo-Yo Ma, Gustavo Dudamel, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic collaborate in a performance of Schumann’s Cello Concerto.
The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by David Newman, celebrates the 100th anniversary of Paramount Studios with performances and films clips from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Sunset Boulevard, The Godfather trilogy, Titanic, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, among many other favorites.
An outdoor wine bar is added to the top of the first large popcorn and refreshments stand by the plaza. The addition of new benches and tables throughout the Bowl property provides a more enjoyable picnicking experience for visitors.
R&B/pop singer Jeffrey Osborne makes his Playboy Jazz Festival debut with two-time Grammy-winning pianist and keyboardist George Duke, who passes away later this year.
Hall of Fame inductees include Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Patti Austin, and John Legend. John Legend, Joe Perry, Patti Austin, and Steven Tyler
Sergio Mendes, Herb Alpert, and Lani Hall perform at the Bowl. This concert marks Herb Albert’s Hollywood Bowl debut.
Kristin Chenoweth performs her first solo show at the Bowl.
Kristin Chenoweth, The Go-Gos, and Pink Martini are inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of music from his film score for Libertador.
The annual musical is a revival of Hair, the 1968 rock musical that celebrates hippie counterculture.
In The Academy Celebrates The Black Movie Soundtrack, Grammy-winning musician and composer Marcus Miller and producer and director Reginald Hudlin offer a soulful celebration of music and movies, with clips shown on the Bowl’s big screen. Performances range from Stormy Weather and Super Fly to Purple Rain and The Bodyguard. Special guests include Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, Princess (Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum), Public Enemy, En Vogue, Lalah Hathaway, and host Craig Robinson. En Vogue
Trey Anastasio, the front man and founding member of the band Phish, returns to the Bowl. Anastasio previously performed with the LA Phil at the Walt Disney Concert Hall for his first-ever orchestral tour in 2012.
The terrace boxes, garden boxes, and pool boxes are redone to mirror the original 1930s aesthetic along with a full renovation of the orchestra lounge.
Hollywood Bowl opening night performer and Hall of Fame inductee Journey kicks off the season.
Back to the Future celebrates the 30th anniversary of the film’s release with the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing Alan Silvestri’s score live, with the film projected onto the Bowl’s big screen.
Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday is honored with a celebration featuring performances by Kurt Elling, José James, Seu Jorge, Seth MacFarlane, John Pizzarelli, Luciana Souza, Christian McBride, The Count Basie Orchestra, and Carmen Bradford.
Eric Idle brings Spamalot, the 2005 Tony Award winner for "Best Musical," to the Bowl.
"Jaco’s World," a tribute to bass player Jaco Pastorius, features members of Weather Report, Alex Acuna, Peter Erskine, Wayne Shorter, Manolo Badrena, plus Felix Pastorius and Metallica’s Robert Trujillo. Word Of Mouth is recreated with orchestra conducted by Vince Mendoza.
Composer and conductor Tan Dun makes his Hollywood Bowl conducting debut in a concert of his own film and concert music.
The iconic Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey is accompanied by a live performance of the score by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Jazz at the Bowl includes the final concert of the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club.