HOLLYWOOD — The 85th season kickoff of the Hollywood Bowl opened Friday with harmony and ended with a bang, provided by fireworks.
Classical pianist Andre Watts, Jubilant Sykes, Carlos Santana and the Blue Man Group performed with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Santana and Watts, who were inducted into the Bowl’s Hall of Fame, referred to the world outside the bowl.
Santana, who was presented his kudos by Edward James Olmos and George Lopez, said, “We wish that the music would demonstrate to the people at the White House that harmony and music can do more than dropping bombs can.”
Earlier, Watts, given his award by James Spader, said, “Music soothes some of the savagery we have in the world, now and in the future.”
Marissa Jaret Winokur, who introduced the winners of grants from the Bowl’s charity, Music Matters, later said she would’ve preferred to replace John C. Reilly, who sang a lullaby from a CD they had done together, to reading from a Teleprompter.
“I was so nervous, I rehearsed 300 times,” Winokur said. “I could have done the whole ‘Hairspray,’ but I couldn’t ad lib.”