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  • Jul. 25, 2003
  • Music From El Cid, Bizet's Carmen, and Ravel's Boléro Add To Celebration of Spain's Vibrant Culture


    SUNDAY, JULY 27 AT 7:30 PM

    Sponsored by Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

    The Hollywood Bowl celebrates the vibrant and passionate culture of Spain on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, at 8:30 pm, and Sunday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. with a visually stunning program including authentic flamenco dancing and magnificent fireworks. John Mauceri leads the Hollywood Bowl orchestra in the soul stirring sounds of Spanish music including excerpts from Bizet's Carmen, the score of the award-winning film El Cid, de Falla's Three Cornered Hat Suite, and Chabrier's España. Headlining the evening is the world-renowned flamenco troupe Noche Flamenca. Combining classic ballet with traditional zapatadeo footwork, the dancers integrate their technique and elegance with the excitement and intensity of the group's live music and songs. The evening culminates with a special performance of the Hollywood Bowl's famous fireworks set to Ravel's sensual Boléro.

    Born of passion and desire, NOCHE FLAMENCA was founded in Madrid in 1993 by artistic director Martin Santangelo and his wife Soledad Barrio. Through years of persistence, hard work and love, Noche Flamenca has developed into one of Spain's most successful flamenco companies. Since its beginning, Noche Flamenca's goal has been to maintain the essence, purity and integrity of one of the world's most complex and mysterious art forms without the use of tricks or gimmicks. The company relies on the high standards of its artists as well as their profound understanding of flamenco. All aspects of flamenco; dance, song and music, are interrelated and given equal weight in Noche Flamenca, creating a true communal spirit within the company, which is the very heart and soul of flamenco. They last performed at the Hollywood Bowl as part of the world festival in 2000.

    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.


    Friday, July 25 at 8:30 pm

    Saturday, July 26 at 8:30 pm

    Sunday, 27 at 7:30 pm

    ¡España! With Fireworks



    JOHN MAUCERI, conductor

    Program to include:

    ROZSA: Overture from El Cid

    ROZSA: Love Theme from El Cid

    ROZSA: March from El Cid

    DE FALLA: Three-Cornered Hat Suite

    CHABRIER: España

    BIZET: Prelude to Carmen

    RAVEL: Boléro (with fireworks)

    Sponsored by Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

    Tickets ($3 - $105) are on sale now at the Hollywood Bowl box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232, at all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May, Tower Records and Ritmo Latino locations), or online at Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for a 20% discount, subject to availability; call 323.850.2050 for further details. For general information or to request a brochure, call 323.850.2000.

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