The "Tchaikovsky Spectacular," one of the Hollywood Bowl's most popular and beloved events, takes place at the Bowl on Friday and Saturday, August 31 and September 1 at 8:30 p.m., and on Sunday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m. Principal Conductor John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra perform in a magical evening that also features appearances by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (Terrence S. Orr, Artistic Director) and members of the USC Trojan Marching Band (Dr. Arthur C. Bartner, Director). The program includes a special staging of Act II from the ballet The Nutcracker, Symphony No. 5, and the 1812 Overture with the USC Trojan Marching Band and fireworks.
Tickets ($3-85) are on sale now at the Hollywood Bowl box office, all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May, Tower Records and Ritmo Latino locations) or online at www.hollywoodbowl.com. Groups of 10 or more may receive a 20% discount on single ticket prices; call 323/850-2050 for details. For general information or to request a brochure, please call 323/850-2000.
The September 2 evening is generously sponsored by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. Media Sponsors are K-MOZART 105.1 FM (August 31) and 94.7 The WAVE (September 1).
PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE is currently recognized as one of the world's leading ballet companies. PBT's repertoire is a distinctive blend of ballets by 20th-century masters, including Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey, Agnes de Mille, Choo-San Goh, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, John Cranko, and the great George Balanchine, new works by today's most passionate choreographers, and acclaimed versions of the 19th-century classical ballets Coppelia, Don Quixote, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. Terrence S. Orr, PBT's artistic director, joined the company in July, 1997. A celebrated American Ballet Theatre ballet master and former principal dancer, Orr also serves as the director of the Agnes de Mille Dance Theatre Foundation. This performance marks the PBT’s Hollywood Bowl debut.
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. The band has 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 31, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 1, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 2, 7:30 p.m.
HOLLYWOOD BOWL, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
"TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR" (WITH FIREWORKS)
JOHN MAUCERI, Principal Conductor
HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Terence S. Orr, Artistic Director
USC Trojan Marching Band, Dr. Arthur C. Bartner, Director
Generously sponsored by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (September 2)
Media Sponsors: K-MOZART 105.1 FM (August 31) and 94.7 The WAVE (September 1).
Tickets ($3 - $85) are on sale now at the Hollywood Bowl box office, all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May, Tower Records and Ritmo Latino locations) or online at www.hollywoodbowl.com. Groups of 10 or more may receive a 20% discount on single ticket prices; call 323/850-2050 for details. For general information or to request a brochure, please call 323/850-2000.
Elizabeth Hinckley 213/972-3034; Rachelle Roe 213/972-7310; Laura Stegman 310 645-1755