The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame played to a diverse group with its newest inductees on opening night Friday — Reba McEntire and Chaka Khan.
But the common thread was their early introduction to music and desire to pass it on to a younger generation. Khan, who learned music while doing housework, said, “Frank Sinatra was like a saint in my house. I thought all kids cleaned up on Saturdays and sang songs.”
McEntire said, “You give a kid a musical instrument and they’ll never get into trouble.”
The benefit for L.A. Phil’s music program was emceed by Julie Andrews who congratulated the Hollywood Bowl orchestra’s 21st year. “You are now legal,” she quipped.