By Robert D. Thomas
Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily News
Gustavo Dudamel will lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the opening two weeks of the 2011 Hollywood Bowl classical music season, conducting five performances in total (up from three last summer), according to a story on the Los Angeles Times Web site.
Update: The Phil released the season press kit Wednesday. Click HERE to download it.
While the 90th Bowl season begins June 17 with the Hall of Fame concert honoring inductee Harry Connick, Jr., (Thomas Wilkins will conduct the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra), the 10-week classical season opens July 12 and 14 with Dudamel leading the Phil both nights in Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Lang Lang as soloist (the same piece that the Chinese pianist performed Tuesday tonight with the Pacific Symphony in Costa Mesa — read Timothy Mangan's review HERE).
Dudamel and the Phil will open the “Sunday Sunset Concerts” on July 17 with Puccini’s opera Turandot, with soprano Christine Brewer singing the title role. The July 19 concert will feature violinist Gil Shaham as soloist in an all-Mozart program that concludes with the Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter). Dudamel will wrap up his Bowl stint on July 21 leading Pinchas Zukerman as soloist in the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 along with music by Johann Strauss, Jr.
Among other classical programs, Philip Glass will lead his ensemble in a new LAPO-commissioned arrangement of the score for Godfrey Reggio's 1988 experimental documentary film, Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation on Aug. 30.
Bramwell Tovey, who for the past three years as been the Phil’s Principal Guest Conductor at the Bowl, will lead the final two weeks of the season, including a concert on Sept. 13 pairing Mozart’s Requiem with Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Leonard Slatkin, who preceded Tovey in the post, also comes back for a week of concerts.
On the pops front, the season will mark the debut of Dolly Parton on July 22 and 23. John Mauceri returns to the Bowl August 19-21 to lead his former ensemble, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, playing the score to Walt Disney’s Fantasia, while the film is shown on the Bowl’s big screens.
Season tickets go on sale tomorrow. Single tickets go on sale May 7.
To read Reed Johnson’s story in the L.A. Times, click HERE. To view the Times summary of the 2011 Bowl season, click HERE.
A followup go this post is HERE.
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