It’s difficult to quantify the financial impact that John Mauceri has had over 16 seasons at the Hollywood Bowl. It’s safe to say he’s been worth millions to the L.A. Philharmonic Assn., which oversees and programs the Bowl.
Until 2003, when the L.A. Philharmonic moved into its new quarters at Walt Disney Concert Hall, about two-thirds of annual Phil organization ticket sales came from Bowl concerts. Now, with many more concerts downtown, the revenue stream is closer to 50-50, Phil sources say.
Still, there is no denying the immense popularity of Mauceri as a conductor and personality. His approximately 325 concerts make him by far the most active and visible maestro in the Bowl’s 84-year history.
“He’s obviously developed over the years a special relationship with audiences that brings a certain prominence to summer experiences at the Bowl,” says L.A. Phil Assn. president Deborah Borda.
Over his first 15 seasons, the average audience for a Mauceri Bowl concert was 12,000. Between Sept. 17 and 21, in 2004 alone, his four concerts were attended by an estimated 70,000, and he regularly sells out the 17,000-plus capacity Bowl on summer weekends.