Leonard Slatkin has been appointed principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, his tenure beginning with four Gershwin Festival programs in July.
Slatkin’s appointment to the new, two-year position was announced Monday at the Bowl as the summer season was unveiled. He will also conduct Ives’ “Three Places in New England” and Mahler’s Fifth Symphony on Aug. 23; a pairing with the Paul Taylor Dance Company on Aug. 25; violinist Sarah Chang on Aug. 30 for Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1; and the next day Latin classical favorites along with guest pianist Michel Camilo performing his own Piano Concerto.
As usual, the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs 10 weeks of classical programs on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Gershwin Festival will be held July 12-16, featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet (July 12, 14) and songs from “Porgy & Bess” sung by Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Wayne Brady (July 15, 16). On July 13, “The Gershwins in Hollywood” will feature musical director Bill Charlap and his trio with Cleo Laine, Jon Hendricks, Barbara Morrison, Wess Anderson, Wycliffe Gordon, Nicholas Payton and Houston Person in a program of Gershwin songs from movies.
The 75th birthday of Stephen Sondheim will be celebrated July 8 as Paul Gemignani leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic and special guests Jason Alexander, Jason Danieley, Victor Garber, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Marin Mazzie, Donna Murphy, Bernadette Peters and Brian Stokes Mitchell.
And the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and principal conductor John Mauceri will commemorate 15 years together July 29-31 with the annual Great American Concert featuring vocalists Barbara Cook, Dianne Reeves and Deborah Voigt.
An assortment of film- and legit-related programs are also on the schedule. Joel Grey and Ute Lemper join John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to sing songs from “Chicago” and “Cabaret” and favorites by Kurt Weill on Aug. 5 and 6; John Williams conducts the L.A. Philharmonic in a program of his own music, as well as his favorite scores on Sept. 2 and 3; and La Dolce Vita: Italian Cool on a Hot Summer Night (Aug. 26, 27) will feature the HBO and guest John Pizzarelli performing music from “The Godfather” and Ennio Morricone, as well as popular classical works. The Hollywood Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dick Hyman, will perform the “Movie Music of Woody Allen” on July 20 with guests including Ann Hampton Callaway and Nellie McKay.
Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will present “The Big Picture” to celebrate “AFI’s 100 Greatest Scores” on Sept. 23. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” celebrates its 30th birthday Sept. 5 with full audience participation and real-time staging in front of the big screen.
For its annual staged musical adaptation, the Bowl will present “Camelot” on Aug. 14. Sing-along “Sound of Music” returns on July 9.
“A Night With Concord Records” on Aug. 10 will include a tribute to Ray Charles featuring Patti Austin, Billy Preston and Tom Scott. Antonio Carlos Jobim will be feted Aug. 17 by Oscar Castro-Neves, Gal Costa, Eliane Elias, Ivan Lins, Dianne Reeves, Luciana Souza, Gretchen Parlato and Paulinho and Daniel Jobim with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
The Bowl’s world series opens June 26 with David Byrne, Arcade Fire, and Si*Se; electronic music from Norway (Röyksopp) and Brazil (Bossacucanova) arrives July 17; Nigeria’s Femi Kuti returns to the Bowl on July 24 on a bill with Mos Def and Senegalese hip-hoppers Daara J; Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble perform Aug. 7; and a reggae night — with Black Uhuru featuring Michael Rose and Duckie Simpson, Maxi Priest and Desmond Dekker — will be staged Aug. 28.
The Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular will feature the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra celebrating Disneyland’s 50th on July 2-4.
On the sixth, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform live music with choir from the videogames including “Halo,” “Warcraft,” “Tron,” “Myst,” “Metal Gear Solid,” “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Final Fantasy.” Perf features laser and light show sequences, live characters, video clips and a segment dedicated to retro-arcade classics.
Luciano Pavarotti makes a stop on his farewell tour on Sept. 24; Brian Wilson and his band performs “Smile” on Sept. 4; and Dead Can Dance, on its first tour in nine years, appears Sept. 25.
Summer season kicks off with the sixth annual Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame ceremony on June 24 with Trisha Yearwood, Joshua Bell, Frank Sinatra and others being inducted.