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.