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.
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.
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.
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.