Hancock extends L.A. Phil gig

Having already announced their summer concert schedule, L.A. Philharmonic organizers used a few recent developments in the Phil’s 90th season as an opportunity to gather a few bigwig donors, politicos and media under the Hollywood Bowl’s shell on Tuesday to schmooze with the org’s CEO Deborah Borda and music director Gustavo Dudamel.

Borda announced that as part of the opening-night gala June 17, during which Harry Connick, Jr. and Gloria Estefan will be inducted into the Bowl’s Hall of Fame, Cirque du Soleil’s first resident production in Los Angeles, IRIS — A Journey Through the World of Cinema, with music by Danny Elfman, will make its debut during the procedings, more than a month before its L.A. run at the Kodak Theater beginning July 21.

Borda also announced that Herbie Hancock will extend his stint as the L.A. Phil’s Carolyn and Bill Powers Creative Chair for Jazz through the 2012/13 winter season. Hancock’s tenure was announced in March 2009 and began with the Hollywood Bowl 2010 season. Hancock will appear with Dudamel to kick off the L.A. Phil’s winter season with an all-Gershwin program.

In addition, Thomas Wilkins’ contract as principal guest conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra has been extended through the Hollywood Bowl 2013 season.

Dudamel, who made his U.S. debut at the Bowl in 2005, expressed his enthusiasm for the Bowl’s upcoming presentation of Puccini’s “Turandot” (July 17), with Christine Brewer in the title role, among other productions. “We have a chance to bring music here, which is more than the normal size of a concert hall, and to take some delicious risks in the process.”

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