Schedule includes Feist, Gnarls Barkley
Bramwell Tovey and Thomas Wilkins have been named principal guest conductors for the orchestras that perform at the Hollywood Bowl during the summer.
Tovey has been given the title of principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, while Wilkins becomes principal guest conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Wilkins is the first person to have a title with the HBO since the departure of John Mauceri.
Wilkins, music director of the Omaha Symphony, and Tovey, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s music director, conducted at the Bowl last year, and their presentations led L.A. Philharmonic Assn. prexy-CEO Deborah Borda to offer the two men titled positions.
Borda made the announcement Monday onstage at the Hollywood Bowl, where the full season was revealed, including Esa-Pekka Salonen’s final Bowl concert and the lineup for the 10th anniversary of the Festival of World Music.
Wilkins will conduct the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the June 20 Hall of Fame gala, which will honor flutist James Galway.
Wilkins’ other concerts include a Bowl Orchestra program with singer-songwriter Chris Isaak (July 11 and 12); a mambo night with Cuban bassist Cachao (Aug. 15-16); and a set featuring the Peking Acrobats (Sept. 7).
Tovey makes his ’08 debut July 8, performing his own “Urban Runway” on a program with Strauss’ “Don Juan” and Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” Highlights include Bizet’s “Carmen” with Denyce Graves (July 13); a night with violinist Joshua Bell (Aug. 19); and Sarah Chang playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto (Sept. 2).
Prior to starting his final season downtown, Salonen will conduct Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, with Christine Brewer and John Relyea among the vocal soloists, Sept. 9 and 11. Conductors for other L.A. Phil concerts include Edo de Waart, Lionel Bringuier, Leonard Slatkin and Christian Zacharias.
The KCRW World Festival opens June 22 with Thievery Corp., Los Amigos Invisibles and Federico Aubele. Series also includes Devendra Banhart and Gilberto Gil on June 29; Feist, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Pacifika on July 20; Gnarls Barkley, Youssou N’dour and Deerhoof on July 27; a reggae night Aug. 3; and a season finale Sept. 21 with Ozomatli, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Lila Downs and Nortec Collective.
A concert version of “Les Miserables,” with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Melora Hardin and Rosie O’Donnell, will be staged Aug. 10; Julie Andrews will host an evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein on July 18 and 19; John Williams will conduct his film scores Aug. 29 and 30; David Newman will conduct the HBO in a program of Warner Bros. Film music Aug. 31; and “Bugs Bunny on Broadway” plays July 5.
The L.A. Phil will back Diana Ross on July 25 and 26 and Brian Wilson from Sept. 12-14. Donna Summer appears Aug. 22-23, and the Cheap Trick-led tribute to “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” returns June 28.
Jazz programs include Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Natalie Cole (July 9); the Gerald Wilson Orchestra and Hank Jones trio (July 30); and Jamie Cullum with the Count Basie Orchestra, Christian McBride Situation and Elizabeth Shepherd.
July 4th program, also on July 2 and 3, is a celebration of the Dodgers’ 50 years in Los Angeles with Randy Newman and the L.A. Phil.