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  • Jun. 27, 2003


    Annual Event Benefits Music Matters,

    the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Music Education Programs


    Rock 'n' roll legend Roger Daltrey has been added to the roster of honorees for 2003 who will be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame at the fourth annual gala on Friday, June 27. Other inductees announced previously are Tony and Olivier award-winning actress/singer Patti LuPone; The Smothers Brothers, Tom and Dick, America's legendary music and comedy team; Emmy and Tony award-winning actor Nathan Lane; and distinguished, trailblazing conductor Leopold Stokowski (1882 - 1977), who founded the Hollywood Bowl's 1940's symphony orchestra and is familiar to generations as the conductor in the Disney classic Fantasia. The evening benefits Music Matters, the children's music education programs of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, serving more than 85,000 young people every year.

    Daltrey, who last performed at the Hollywood Bowl in 2002 fronting The Who, is again featured on the Bowl stage later this summer when he departs from his "mic-twirling" persona to play Alfred P. Doolittle in an August 3 production of My Fair Lady, also starring John Lithgow and Melissa Errico with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

    The gala and concert open the Hollywood Bowl's 82nd season at the world-famous venue with a program featuring Principal Conductor John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, celebrity presenters, and special performances by Daltrey, LuPone, and the Smothers Brothers. Mauceri leads the Stokowski tribute, performing some of Stokowski's orchestral arrangements and introducing film clips. Also on tap for the evening is the Unsung Hero award, which recognizes Los Angeles educators, presented by singer Josh Groban, newly appointed Music Matters spokesperson for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

    The 2003 Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame inductees join the distinguished company of John Williams and Garth Brooks (2000), Marilyn Horne, Monty Python, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, and John Raitt (2001), and Bernadette Peters, Randy Newman, George Harrison, and Kathleen Battle (2002), who have been inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame since its inception in 2000.

    The "Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame" was conceived on behalf of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association by Wayne Baruch and Charles F. Gayton, Executive Producers of the June 27 concert. The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame was established to identify and pay tribute to artists whose unique achievements embody the spirit of the world-renowned Hollywood Bowl. Drawn from the diverse arena of musical entertainment, including classical, pop, jazz, musical theatre, film composition, and dance, honorees will receive their tributes each summer as part of the Bowl's annual opening night celebration.

    The Hollywood Bowl gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Wells Fargo Foundation for sponsorship of the VIP cocktail party; Tiffany & Co. for designing the Hall of Fame Award; Frei Bros., the preferred wine of the Hollywood Bowl; The Patina Group; Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts; Goodyear Tires; Sunkist Growers for their support of Music Matters, Keeping Music Education Alive in LA; the Hollywood Bowl Gala Committee Chair Eric Bernt; the Gala Committee: and Premier Patrons Priscilla and Curtis Tamkin.

    Tickets for the concert only ($15 - $75), which begins at 8:30 p.m., are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons-May, Tower Records, Ritmo Latino, and selected Wherehouse locations), and by credit card phone order at 213.480.3232. Tickets are also on sale at the Hollywood Bowl box office.

    Tickets for the gala and concert ($500 - $1,250), which benefit Music Matters, the children's music education programs of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, include a pre-concert reception and dinner beginning at 5:00 p.m. Call 213.972.3051 for further details.

    Rising to rock "iconhood" in the legendary band The Who, ROGER DALTREY is considered one of the most powerful vocalists in rock 'n' roll. Together with Pete Townshend and John Entwhistle, London-born singer/guitarist Roger Daltrey was one of the founding members of the British rock group. While Townshend was at first the head man of the group, Daltrey quickly emerged as the lead singer with a particular gift for all-stops-out interpretations. Daltrey assumed the central role of the deaf/dumb/blind pinball wizard in The Who's rock opera Tommy when the piece was adapted for film by director Ken Russell in 1975. He then portrayed Franz Liszt in Russell's Lisztomania (1975). In 1973, shortly after the release of The Who's double-album masterpiece Quadrophenia, Daltrey launched a solo career that he would continue to foster in tandem with his work in The Who for the next decade. 1973's Daltrey was produced by Dave Courtney and Adam Faith, and 1975's Ride a Rock Horse further demonstrated Daltrey's versatility as a vocalist outside the hard-rock confines of The Who. One of the high points of Daltrey's solo career was McVicar, the 1980 soundtrack for the movie of the same name. Daltrey co-produced, starred in and scored the soundtrack for the movie, a biography of train robber John McVicar. The soundtrack contained the hit "Without Your Love," Daltrey's most successful solo single to date. After the first "official" breakup of The Who in 1982, Daltrey picked up the pace of his solo career and released three albums between 1984 and 1987, Parting Should Be Painless (1984), Under a Raging Moon (1985) and Can't Wait to See the Movie (1987). Since 1982, Daltrey has taken part in several Who reunions, including a 1985 appearance at Live Aid, a 1989 silver anniversary tour and a February 1994 birthday concert at Carnegie Hall celebrating Daltrey's 50th birthday, as well as the much-anticipated 2002 North American summer tour that was launched at the Hollywood Bowl. His most recent CD, 1997's Martyrs and Madmen: The Best of Roger Daltrey, contains 20 tracks culled from his seven solo albums.

    Equally successful on stage, screen and television, NATHAN LANE recently starred in the smash hit music The Producers at the St. James Theater in New York. His wildly acclaimed portrayal of Max Bialystock won the actor the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Tony Awards for Best Actor in a musical. Broadway audiences have long embraced Lane as a shining light of the theater where some of his credits include his performance in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards), The Man Who Came to Dinner, Love! Valor! Compassion! (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Obie Awards), Guys and Dolls (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Present Laughter and Broadway Bound, among others. In films, Lane was most recently seen in Nicolas Nickleby, directed by Douglas McGrath. He also starred in such box office hits as Stuart Little and Mousehunt. In addition, in film, audiences remember Lane's triumphant performance that helped catapult Mike Nichols' The Birdcage into a blockbuster hit. His portrayal of Albert earned Lane a Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Nomination. He also won acclaim as the voice of "Timon" in the award-winning film The Lion King. Lane has also been recognized with two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for his work in Disney's The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa and Teacher's Pet.

    Actress-singer PATTI LUPONE moves effortlessly between the concert stage and acting roles in film and television. She was recently featured in the final season of the hit HBO series Oz, as the prison's librarian Stella, a role she filmed while starring in last season's hit Broadway revival of Michael Frayn's Noises Off. While appearing in Noises Off, she also returned to Carnegie Hall, where she made her triumphant solo debut two years earlier, with her one-woman concert Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, which she also performed with major symphony orchestras throughout the United States, including at the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, LuPone also performs a second theatrical concert Matters of the Heart (upon which her most recent CD is based) throughout the United States. LuPone's memorable performances on the musical stage include her Tony Award-winning performance as "Eva Peron" in the musical Evita and "Reno Sweeney" in the acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater production of Anything Goes. In London, she was the first American performer to win an Olivier Award for her performance as "Fantine" in the world premiere production of Les Miserables, and she created the role of "Norma Desmond" in the musical Sunset Boulevard. Her most recent New York stage appearances include her debut with the New York Philharmonic as "Mrs. Lovett" in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall and critically acclaimed performances in David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood; as "Maria Callas" in Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play Master Class; and in her own concert Patti LuPone On Broadway, for which she won an Outer Critics Circle Award. In the past year, LuPone's film and television credits include: City by the Sea (opposite Robert DeNiro), TNT film Monday Night Mayhem (opposite John Turturro), David Mamet's Heist (opposite Gene Hackman), and the Emmy Award-winning PBS Great Performances broadcast of Sweeney Todd.

    Time has been an essential ingredient in the SMOTHERS BROTHERS' success. They have been considered ahead of their time, masters of timing, and practitioners of timeless comedy. Now, as they mark more than 44 years in show business, the Smothers Brothers are being saluted as time-honored legends whose lengthy career has surpassed all other comedy teams in history. The Smothers Brothers' first professional appearance was at The Purple Onion in San Francisco in 1959 and their first national television appearance was on the Jack Paar Show on January 28, 1961. More than four decades of audiences have seen the Smothers Brothers in their own prime time comedy series in the 1960s, 1970s and, 1980s, guest appearances on numerous television programs, countless engagements as headliners in Las Vegas, Reno, and Lake Tahoe, a hot-selling video, twelve top-selling albums, as well as continuous coast-to-coast concert tours, some with symphony orchestras. Their contributions to the entertainment world throughout their careers are so highly respected that the Museum of Television and Radio in New York produced a retrospective and seminar on their work and on their home coast, Hollywood ceremoniously distinguished them on the noted Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour is now studied in universities across the country.

    The great 20th-century conductor LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI (1882 - 1977) became a legend in his own lifetime. Innovative, forward-looking and often controversial, Stokowski was the epitome of the glamorous conductor. He championed living composers, conducting more than 2,000 world premieres and introducing American audiences to Mahler's 8th Symphony, Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and many of the works of Richard Strauss, Rachmaninov, Sibelius, Shostakovich, de Falla, Prokofiev, and countless American composers. Musically, he provoked a still-lasting controversy over his symphonic transcriptions of Bach works, which are considered sacrilege by Baroque purists. He also had no inhibitions about making changes to the scores of other great masters, such as Beethoven or Tchaikovsky, if this served the work in any way. He made his own orchestral arrangements of other works, such as Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and A Night on the Bald Mountain or Debussy's La cathédrale engloutie. He was married several times - once to heiress Gloria Vanderbilt - and had a well-publicized affair with Greta Garbo.

    Born in London, Stokowski showed an early aptitude for music, entering the Royal College of Music at the age of thirteen. He first found fame as a gifted organist, starting out at St. James's before moving on to the prestigious St. Bartholomew's in New York, where he became a U.S. citizen in 1915. He moved from the organ loft to the orchestral podium when he made his concert debuts in Paris and London in 1909, and that same year he was appointed conductor of the Cincinnati Orchestra. Three years later he took over the Philadelphia Orchestra, a position he was to retain for a quarter of a century, during which time he transformed a provincial ensemble into a world-class orchestra while re-popularizing classical music and making it more accessible to mass audiences. At the end of the 1930s, Stokowski left Philadelphia to form the All-American Youth Orchestra and co-conduct the NBC Symphony with Toscanini. Stokowski saw cinema's potential for bringing classical music to a wider public. With his signature white hair and handsome face, he made his movie debut in 1937 opposite Deanna Durbin in her smash hit One Hundred Men and a Girl. Three years later, he collaborated with Walt Disney on the making of Fantasia, conducting the beloved film's music and even appearing on screen for an "exchange" with Mickey Mouse. He was awarded a special Oscar In 1941 for his "unique achievement in creating a new form of visualized music." In 1945, Stokowski founded the Hollywood Bowl Symphony, which he conducted and with whom he recorded for two years. (The Hollywood Bowl Symphony disbanded in 1947 and was replaced for Bowl concerts by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. After 43 years, the orchestra was re-established in 1991, as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, under the direction of John Mauceri.) Stokowski became chief Guest Conductor with the New York Philharmonic in the late 1940s, and in 1951 he began a new career abroad, making frequent guest appearances with the world's finest orchestras. For six years he was Music Director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and in 1962 he founded the American Symphony Orchestra in New York. Actively interested in the development of sound recording, his own recorded career spanned more than 60 years - he even signed a six-year recording contract on his 94th birthday. In 1972 Stokowski returned to England, where he remained until his death, giving many memorable concerts and making recordings almost until the day he died.

    JOSH GROBAN, the 21-year-old singing sensation, has garnered a worldwide audience with a rare mix of talent and style that is equal parts star power and boy-next-door appeal. His growing fame has been skyrocketed by break-out performances on Ally McBeal, Oprah Winfrey, The Tonight Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Larry King Live, NBC's Concert for America and the Today Show, among others. His self-titled debut album has become the breakaway hit of the year with a sound that is instantly accessible, yet entirely original. Selling over three and a half million copies of his debut CD, Groban has set a new standard for musical success with a style that transcends musical boundaries.

    JOHN MAUCERI's accomplishments extend nationally and internationally, not only to the world's greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, but also to the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, before large television and radio audiences, and in recording studios and major publications. Mauceri has received substantial recognition for his work as one of the principal forces behind the movement to preserve two of America's great art forms, the American musical and music for the American cinema. He is equally at home conducting artists ranging from Plácido Domingo (during a live broadcast of the Grammy Awards) to Madonna (with whom he recorded the soundtrack to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita), from Garth Brooks (an inaugural inductee into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame) to the Smashing Pumpkins (for the 1996 MTV Music Awards). Carol Burnett, Chicago, John Denver, Rodney Gilfry, Jonathan Pryce, Jane Eaglen, Jennifer Larmore, Patrick Stewart, Tito Puente, Charlotte Church, and Trisha Yearwood are among the multitude of artists who have performed with Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Mauceri's first recordings with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra reached the "Top Ten" in Billboard's crossover chart, and one received Germany's highest award, the Deutsche Schallplatten Prize. To date, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra has made four successful tours to Japan and one to Brazil. Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra have presented an astonishing number of premieres, and under Mauceri's tenure, opera and ballet returned to the Bowl's stage. In addition to his Hollywood Bowl position, Mauceri has served as music director for the Pittsburgh Opera since June 2000. The only American ever to have held the post of music director of an opera house in Great Britain and Italy, he served as music director of the Scottish Opera, and recently completed his three-year tenure as music director (direttore stabile) of the Teatro Reggio in Turino.

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