A special tribute to film composer John Williams, the 200th concert appearance of conductor John Mauceri and the return of the World Festival highlight the summer season at the Hollywood Bowl.
The year launches June 23 with the annual opening night gala featuring a tribute to Williams and the Bowl that Mauceri promises will be “full of surprises” and include film clips as well as guest stars. Williams will be honored as the first inductee into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.
Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra mark their 200th show with a July 8 concert featuring two of Broadway’s hottest singers, Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald. The Bowl Orchestra will perform 10 different programs, beginning July 2-4 with Glen Campbell. Schedule includes a concert version of “Madama Butterfly” on July 9 and Garrison Keillor on Aug. 27.
The World Festival will host six concerts in its sophomore season: a flamenco night on June 25; Miriam Makeba and two other “global divas” July 16; a world blues party July 23, with Koko Taylor, Ali Farka Toure and Alvin Youngblood Hart; a Celtic night July 30 featuring Altan and Natalie MacMaster; former James Brown saxophonist Maceo Parker and Femi Anikulapo-Kuti on Aug. 6; and Brazilian night on Sept. 10, with Jorge Ben Jor and Daniela Mercury. In addition, Brazilian singer Milton Nascimento performs July 1.
A tribute to Mel Torme will feature Maureen McGovern, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra as part of the Wednesday night jazz series (Daily Variety, Feb. 25).
Season closes with Itzhak Perlman conducting the Los Angles Philharmonic on Sept. 12 and a fireworks finale Sept. 15, 16 and 17 featuring the Bowl Orchestra and Cannes Film Fest party faves Pink Martini.
The L.A. Philharmonic will perform Thursdays July 13-Sept. 7 as well as at several weekend concerts.