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  • "TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR" AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL FEATURES JOHN MAUCERI AND THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA, PIANIST PETER DONOHOE, USC TROJAN MARCHING BAND, AND FIREWORKS
  • Aug. 23, 2002
  • FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, AUGUST 23 AND 24, AT 8:30 PM

    August 23 and 24 Sponsored by Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts; Media Sponsor: KCET TELEVISION

    August 24 Media Sponsors: KLON 88.1 FM, 94.7 THE WAVE

    The "Tchaikovsky Spectacular," one of the Hollywood Bowl's most popular and beloved events, returns to the Bowl on Friday and Saturday, August 23 and 24 at 8:30 p.m. Principal Conductor John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra perform in a magical evening that also features appearances by the winner of the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition, pianist Peter Donohoe, as well as members of the USC Trojan Marching Band (Dr. Arthur C. Bartner, Director). The program includes music from Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Tchaikovsky's beloved first Piano Concerto, and the 1812 Overture featuring the USC Trojan Marching Band, with fireworks.

    Pianist PETER DONOHOE was born in Manchester in 1953 and studied at the Royal Northern College with Derek Wyndham and then in Paris with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod. Since his success at the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, he has developed a distinguished career in Europe, the United States, the Far East, and Australia. Donohoe last appeared at the Bowl in 1998.

    Since it was founded in 1880, the USC TROJAN MARCHING BAND has grown to become the largest spirit group on the University of Southern California campus. The 250-member band has performed regularly at the Hollywood Bowl in Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. They have also appeared at the Liberty Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, and the Cotton Bowl. The contemporary Trojan Band began in 1970, when Dr. Arthur C. Bartner assumed leadership of the group. The Band's most recent Hollywood Bowl appearance was at last year's Tchaikovsky Spectacular.

    JOHN MAUCERI's accomplishments extend nationally and internationally, not only to the world's greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, but also to the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, before large television and radio audiences, and in recording studios and major publications. Mauceri has received substantial recognition for his work as one of the principal forces behind the movement to preserve two of America's great art forms, the American musical and music for the American cinema. He is equally at home conducting artists ranging from Plácido Domingo (during a live broadcast of the Grammy Awards) to Madonna (with whom he recorded the soundtrack to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita), from Garth Brooks (an inaugural inductee into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame) to the Smashing Pumpkins (for the 1996 MTV Music Awards). Carol Burnett, Chicago, John Denver, Rodney Gilfry, Jonathan Pryce, Jane Eaglen, Jennifer Larmore, Patrick Stewart, Tito Puente, Charlotte Church, and Trisha Yearwood are among the multitude of artists who have performed with Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Mauceri's first recordings with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra reached the "Top Ten" in Billboard's crossover chart, and one received Germany's highest award, the Deutsche Schallplatten Prize. To date, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra has made four successful tours to Japan and one to Brazil. Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra have presented an astonishing number of premieres, and under Mauceri's tenure, opera and ballet returned to the Bowl's stage. In addition to his Hollywood Bowl position, Mauceri has served as music director for the Pittsburgh Opera since June 2000. The only American ever to have held the post of music director of an opera house in Great Britain and Italy, he served as music director of the Scottish Opera, and recently completed his three-year tenure as music director (direttore stabile) of the Teatro Reggio in Turino.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    Friday, August 23, 8:30 p.m.

    Saturday, August 24, 8:30 p.m.


    HOLLYWOOD BOWL (2301 N. Highland Avenue)

    "TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR" (WITH FIREWORKS)

    JOHN MAUCERI, conductor

    HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA

    PETER DONOHOE, piano

    USC TROJAN MARCHING BAND, Dr. Arthur C. Bartner, Director

    All-Tchaikovsky:

        Music from Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet

        Piano Concerto No. 1

        1812 Overture

    August 23 and 24 Sponsored by Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

    August 23 and 24 Media Sponsor: KCET TELEVISION

    August 24 Media Sponsors: KLON 88.1 FM, 94.7 THE WAVE

    Tickets ($3 - $90) are on sale now at the Hollywood Bowl box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232, at all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May, Tower Records and Ritmo Latino locations) or online at hollywoodbowl.com. For general information or to request a brochure, call 323.850.2000.

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  • contact:

    Elizabeth Hinckley, 323/850-2047; Melanie Gravdal, 323/850-2021