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  • THE LEGENDARY DIANA ROSS TO PERFORM AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
  • Jul. 25, 2008
  • Show Opens with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Led by Steven Reineke

    FRIDAY and SATURDAY, JULY 25 and 26, 2008, at 8:30 PM

    July 25 is a Lexus Passionate Performance

    July 26 is Sponsored by Princess Cruises

    July 26 Media Sponsor: Los Angeles Magazine

    Superstar and American legend Diana Ross brings her renowned talent to the Hollywood Bowl stage on Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26, at 8:30 p.m. The headliner will perform with her own band presenting some of her unforgettable hits that have kept her a household name for the past four decades, such as “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “I’m Coming Out” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” as well as selections from her 2007 release, I Love You. “I am excited to be back performing in Los Angeles,” Diana Ross said about her appearance at the Bowl.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by conductor Steven Reineke, opens the program with Rodgers’ “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue,” from On Your Toes, followed by Ellington’s Harlem – pieces that, with their urban and jazz band sounds, served as precursors to the unique melding of musical genres that Ross embraces.

    DIANA ROSS’ famed and remarkable career spanning four decades has resulted with major awards, accolades and music history milestones. Diana Ross is the consummate performer as well as one of the most iconic female singers of all time and one of the most prominent women in popular music history and pop culture of the late 20th century. Her international achievements were recently acknowledged by the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in December 2007 in Washington, DC. The honor celebrated her lustrous career of music, film, television, theatre, fashion and humanitarian work. The industry saluted her portrayal of Billie Holliday in Lady Sings the Blues with top awards and nominations. The Motion Picture Academy bestowed an Oscar nomination for her extraordinary performance as Best Actress for that same role. She went on to star in further films, Mahogany and The Wiz. Diana Ross won Broadway’s top honor with a Tony Award for her one-woman show, An Evening with Diana Ross. Career milestones include, 12 Grammy nominations from The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Lifetime Achievement Awards with the Soul Train’s Legend Award and an international Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Music Awards. The icon is forever cemented in history with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Guinness Book of Records jointly awarded her with its Lifetime Achievement Award and the title of “most successful female vocalist of all time.” She first reached the No.1 position on both the U.S. and UK charts with “Where Did Our Love Go.” This was the first of a number of consecutive No.1 hits in the U.S. Beginning in the ‘60’s, as lead singer of the world renowned singing group, The Supremes, and as a solo performer Ross achieved the unprecedented feat of 12 No. 1 singles in the U.S., rivaled only by The Beatles for the position of the biggest hit group of that generation. Diana Ross’ musical repertoire encompasses R&B, soul, pop, disco and jazz. The recently released I Love You CD, jumped onto the chart as Billboard Magazine’s Hot Shot Debut title. As lead singer of The Supremes in the 1960s, Diana Ross helped shape the sound of popular music, changing the landscape and paved the way for contemporary music. Her love of life, never-ending wonder, the appreciation of goals and achievements and sheer human spirit define the artist that is Diana Ross and continues to make her one of the most identifiable, unique, beloved and influential singers of successive pop generations.

    STEVEN REINEKE is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and serves as Music Associate and Principal Arranger/Composer of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Recognized as the sound of the Cincinnati Pops, Reineke’s 100+ arrangements for that orchestra have been performed worldwide. In addition to his work for the Cincinnati Pops, Reineke has written and arranged for pops conductors Doc Severinson, Jack Everly and Michael Krajewski. Reineke’s arrangements can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops recordings on the Telarc label and have been broadcast nationally by PBS. A protégé of the legendary pops conductor Erich Kunzel, Reineke’s recent guest conducting appearances include the orchestras of Cincinnati, Toronto, Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, Baltimore and Edmonton. In 2008, Reineke makes his Carnegie Hall debut conducting The New York Pops 25th Birthday Gala. In 2007, he made his Hollywood Bowl debut with the multi-faceted entertainer Wayne Brady and he returns to the Hollywood Bowl in 2008. In addition, Reineke conducted, arranged and orchestrated the music for Brady’s new orchestral show that debuted in October 2007 with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. In 2006, Reineke collaborated with rock legend Peter Frampton as conductor, arranger and orchestrator for Frampton’s orchestral show. Reineke is also an established symphonic composer. His works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in the United States and Canada. In 2005, his Festival Te Deum and Swans Island Sojourn were performed by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops respectively. In 2007, he began work on a new American overture celebrating the history of the U.S. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands around the world. He is a frequent guest conductor and clinician with college and high school bands.

    One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and in 1991 gave its name to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California. The 2004 season introduced audiences to a revitalized Hollywood Bowl, featuring a newly-constructed shell and stage and the addition of four stadium screens enhancing stage views in the venue. To this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's concerts. While the Bowl is best known for its sizzling summer nights, during the day California's youngest patrons enjoy "SummerSounds: Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its 40th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: in 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and close to one million admissions have been recorded. In February 2008, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the fourth year in a row at the 19th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. The Bowl's summer music festival has become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers, and Disneyland.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2008, AT 8:30 PM

    SATURDAY, JULY 26, AT 8:30 PM


    HOLLYWOOD BOWL, 2301 N. Highland Ave. in Hollywood



    Diana Ross: Lady Supreme

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC



    STEVEN REINEKE, conductor

    DIANA ROSS, vocals



    July 25 is a Lexus Passionate Performance.

    July 26 is sponsored by Princess Cruises.

    July 26 Media Sponsor: Los Angeles Magazine

    Tickets ($10 - $114) are on sale now at HollywoodBowl.com, at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office (Tuesday–Sunday, noon–6 p.m.), by phone 323.850.2000 or by calling Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232, and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for a 20% discount, subject to availability; call 323.850.2050 for further details.

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  • contact:

    Adam Crane, acrane@laphil.org, 213.972.3034; Lisa White lwhite@laphil.org, 213.972.3608; For photos: 213.972.3034

    Diana Ross:
    Mark Young, mark@thefamefactory.net