About the Orchestra
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Musicians have been performing at the Hollywood Bowl since its opening in 1922. ‘Bowl Orchestra’ was used as early as 1925 and ‘Hollywood Bowl Orchestra’ appeared on live recordings made in 1928. Leopold Stokowski was Music Director of the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra from 1945 to 1946. During this time, the Orchestra recorded a number of classical works. In the 1950s and 1960s, Capitol Records issued an extensive series of recordings of the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra with a number of different conductors, including Carmen Dragon, Felix Slatkin, Alfred Newman, and Miklós Rózsa, with album titles such as “Rhapsody Under the Stars,” “Chopin by Starlight,” “Fiesta!,” “Marche!” and many others.
From the 1950s on there was no official Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, until it re-appeared in 1991, under the auspices of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, as a completely new ensemble under the direction of Principal Conductor John Mauceri. After retiring from the orchestra in 2006, Mauceri was awarded the lifelong title of Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (“HBO”).