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  • Gustavo Dudamel, Classical Stars and Beloved Masterpieces Summer 2023 at the Hollywood Bowl & The Ford
  • Jun. 8, 2023





    Dudamel Conducts Falla and Ravel (July 6)

    Maestro of the Movies: John Williams with the LA Phil (July 7-9)

    Dudamel Conducts Verdi’s Requiem (July 11)

    An Ellington Celebration (July 13)

    Estancia with Dudamel (July 18)

    Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky with Dudamel (July 20)

    Rhapsody in Blue (July 25)

    Café Tacvba with the LA Phil (July 21-22)

    Pictures at an Exhibition (July 27)

    All-Rachmaninoff (August 1)

    A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey (August 3)

    Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Concert (August 4-5)

    Elgar and Mozart (August 8)

    Sibelius and Grieg (August 10)

    Symphonie fantastique (August 15)

    Shostakovich and Dvořák (August 17)

    Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks (August 18-19)

    Chris Thile and Appalachian Spring (August 22)

    Joe Hisaishi and La mer (August 24)

    Beethoven at the Bowl (August 29)

    The Four Seasons (August 31)

    Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert (September 1-2)

    Mozart Under the Stars (September 5)

    Bach and Mendelssohn (September 7)

    The Planets (September 12)



    The Barber of Seville  (August 25)

    Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble and Bang on a Can All-Stars (August 31)

    Laufey with the LA Phil (September 16)


    The Hollywood Bowl 2023 season offers more than 20 classical programs including Gustavo Dudamel, Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Walt and Lilly Disney Chair, returning for his 14th Hollywood Bowl season. Dudamel presents 10 concerts which include joining longtime friend and collaborator John Williams as he celebrates conducting his 100th LA Phil concert (July 7-9); the continuation of his five-year Pan-American Music Initiative with the performance of the LA Phil commission from Francisco Cortés-Álvarez La Serpiente de Colores and the Hollywood Bowl debut from Brazilian dance company Grupo Corpo (July 18) among others.


    The LA Phil will present three world premieres this summer, including a new work from Jonathan Bailey Holland and Chris Thile’s narrative song cycle for extroverted mandolin and orchestra (both August 22); and Adam Schoenberg’s Cool Cat written for P22, a wild mountain lion who resided in Griffith Park in Los Angeles (September 12). Returning LA Phil friends include Leonard Slatkin (July 25), Stéphane Denève (July 27), Thomas Wilkins (August 4-5), Hélène Grimaud (August 8), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (August 15), Nicholas McGegan (September 5), David Newman (September 1-2) and Anne-Akiko Meyers (September 12).


    See below for the full Hollywood Bowl listings:





    Dudamel Conducts Falla and Ravel 

    (Please note change to originally published program)

    Thursday, July 6, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor 

    Javier Perianes, piano

    MUSSORGSKY (arr. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV) Night on a Bald Mountain

    FALLA Nights in the Gardens of Spain 

    RAVEL Mother Goose Suite

    DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice 


    Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an evening of orchestral favorites that evoke wonder and enchantment, ranging from the drama of Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain to Ravel’s fairy tale-inspired Mother Goose Suite and finally Dukas’ magical The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Spanish pianist Javier Perianes plays with “a combination of evident modesty and utter brilliance” (The Sunday Times) and joins Gustavo for Manuel de Falla’s rich and mysterious Nights in the Gardens of Spain



    Maestro of the Movies: John Williams with the LA Phil

    Friday, July 7, 8PM 

    Saturday, July 8, 8PM (John Williams 100th date conducting the LA Phil)

    Sunday, July 9, 7:30PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor 

    John Williams, conductor 


    Join John Williams and his dear friend Gustavo Dudamel as they share the podium for magical nights of movie music performed by the LA Phil, including selections with film clips.



    Dudamel conducts Verdi’s Requiem 

    Tuesday, July 11, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor 

    Angel Blue, soprano 

    Rihab Chaieb, mezzo-soprano 

    Mario Chang, tenor 

    Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone 

    Los Angeles Master Chorale 

      Grant Gershon, Artistic Director 

      Jenny Wong, Associate Artistic Director 

    VERDI Requiem 


    Buckle up for a darkly dramatic, 90-minute rollercoaster ride! This program reunites Gustavo Dudamel with Verdi’s large-scale masterpiece, having led the work to critical acclaim a decade ago.



    An Ellington Celebration

    Thursday, July 13, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor 

    Patina Miller, special guest vocalist

    An Ellington Celebration

    ELLINGTON Three Black Kings

    Song selections to be determined (featuring Ms. Miller)

    ELLINGTON Night Creature

    GERSHWIN An American in Paris


    Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic pay tribute to one of the most prolific American artists of his era, showcasing Duke Ellington’s range from symphonic compositions to classic songs performed by special guest, Tony and Grammy Award winner, actress and singer, Patina Miller.



    Estancia with Dudamel

    Tuesday, July 18, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor 

    Pacho Flores, trumpet 

    Gustavo Castillo, baritone 

    Grupo Corpo

    Pan-American Music Initiative 

    Francisco CORTÉS-ÁLVAREZ La Serpiente de Colores (LA Phil commission) 

    Arturo MÁRQUEZ Concierto de Otoño 

    GINASTERA Estancia 


    Brazilian dance company Grupo Corpo joins Dudamel and the orchestra for this rare full performance of Ginastera’s ballet, capturing the joy, sorrow, ecstasy, and peace of daily life on the Pampas.



    Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky with Dudamel

    Thursday, July 20, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor 

    Alisa Weilerstein, cello 

    PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, “Classical” 

    TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme,

    PROKOFIEV Selections from Romeo and Juliet 


    Gustavo leads Prokofiev’s beloved Romeo and Juliet, along with Tchaikovsky featuring cellist Alisa Weilerstein, praised for her “penetrating, brilliant sound” (The New York Times).



    Rhapsody in Blue

    Tuesday, July 25, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Leonard Slatkin, conductor 

    Makoto Ozone, piano 

    Cindy McTEE Timepiece 

    GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue 

    DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, “From the New World” 


    Pianist Makoto Ozone performs his famed “thrilling, virtuosic, and unabashedly personal” (The New York Times) interpretation of Gershwin’s American staple, with Leonard Slatkin leading Dvořák.



    Pictures at an Exhibition

    Thursday, July 27, 8PM

    Los Angeles Philarmonic

    Stéphane Denève, conductor

    Rachel Barton Pine, violin

    John WILLIAMS The Book Thief

    Billy CHILDS Violin Concerto No. 2

    MUSSORGSKY (arr. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition


    The Bowl becomes an artistic canvas, with Mussorgsky paining entire worlds with sound and violinist Rachel Barton Pine using musical brushstrokes to shape Billy Childs’ Second Concerto.




    Tuesday, August 1, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Shiyeon Sung, conductor 

    Yunchan Lim, piano 

    RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3 

    RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances 


    19-year-old viral sensation Yunchan Lim performs his electrifying interpretation of Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto, with rising star Shiyeon Sung leading the Romantic and jazzy Symphonic Dances.



    A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey

    Thursday, August 3, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Caleb Young, conductor 

    Los Angeles Master Chorale 

      Grant Gershon, Artistic Director 

      Jenny Wong, Associate Artistic Director 

    2001: A Space Odyssey 


    Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey was a landmark in 1960s film that has topped many critics’ lists for greatest films of all time and cleverly uses classical music against celestial imagery. 


    Presented in association with Warner Bros., the Southbank Centre London and the British Film Institute.



    Walt Disney Animation Studio: The Concert

    Friday, August 4, 8PM 

    Saturday, August 5, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Thomas Wilkins, conductor 


    Journey through the most iconic song and film moments of the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ treasured legacy live in concert. Special guest artists join Thomas Wilkins and the LA Phil for an unforgettable experience under the stars, complete with magical film clips on the big screen.

    Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts.



    Elgar and Mozart

    Tuesday, August 8, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Ryan Bancroft, conductor 

    Hélène Grimaud, piano 

    Caroline SHAW Entr'acte 

    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20

    ELGAR Enigma Variations 


    Hélène Grimaud wrestles with fate and destiny in her deft interpretation of Mozart, bookended by Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte and one of the greatest works of the 19th century, Elgar’s Enigma Variations.



    Sibelius and Grieg 

    Thursday, August 10, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Tarmo Peltokoski, conductor 

    Anton Mejias, piano 

    SAARIAHO Ciel d’hiver 

    GRIEG Piano Concerto 

    SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2 


    There’s Nordic flair in the summer air with music by Finnish composers Kaija Saariaho and Sibelius, plus Norwegian Edvard Grieg’s tour-de-force and wildly popular Piano Concerto



    Symphonie fantastique 

    Tuesday, August 15, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Jonathon Heyward, conductor 

    Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano 

    BOULANGER D’un matin de printemps 

    RAVEL Piano Concerto in G 

    BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique 


    Jonathon Heyward illuminates a night of enchanting French music, featuring Berlioz’ radical fantasy about an artist consumed by love, passion...and opium-induced fever dreams.



    Shostakovich and Dvořák

    Thursday, August 17, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Anna Rakitina, conductor 

    Sterling Elliott, cello 

    DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto 

    SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 


    Anna Rakitina leads the perfect pairing of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, music both melodic and wistful, earthy and passionate, and even thunderous and powerful.



    Tchaikovsky Spectacular

    Friday, August 18, 8PM 

    Saturday, August 19, 8PM 

    Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor 

    Bruce Liu, piano 

    USC Trojan Marching Band 

    TCHAIKOVSKY Waltz from Swan Lake (Act I, No. 2) 

    TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 

    TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture 

    TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture 


    The beloved Tchaikovsky Spectacular returns with the engaging and affable Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser leading favorite selections, ending with a thunderous fireworks finale.



    Chris Thile and Appalachian Spring

    Tuesday, August 22, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Teddy Abrams, conductor 

    Chris Thile, mandolin 

    Jonathan Bailey HOLLAND new work (world premiere, LA Phil commission) 

    Chris THILE ATTENTION! A narrative song-cycle for extroverted mandolin and

    orchestra (West Coast premiere, LA Phil commission) 

    COPLAND Appalachian Spring Suite 


    Experience Aaron Copland’s ballet suite and a new concerto from “genre-defying musical genius” (NPR) Chris Thile.



    Joe Hisaishi and La mer

    Thursday, August 24, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Joe Hisaishi, conductor

    Janet Todd, soprano

    Joe HISAISHI Symphonic Variation “Merry-Go-Round” from Howl’s Moving Castle 

    DEBUSSY La mer 


    Joe HISAISHI Princess Mononoke Suite (with Ms. Todd)


    Contemporary classical composer and conductor, as well as the musical mind behind nearly all of Studio Ghibli’s films, leads several of his own compositions as well as Debussy’s Impressionistic, sea-inspired La mer.



    Beethoven at the Bowl

    Tuesday, August 29, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Simone Menezes, conductor 

    Clara-Jumi Kang, violin 

    BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto 

    BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” 


    A heroic night of musical favorites from Beethoven, featuring the Third Symphony and Violin Concerto performed by Clara-Jumi Kang, “providing brilliant color and expressive intonation.” (Bachtrack).



    The Four Seasons

    Thursday, August 31, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Gemma New, conductor 

    Nathan Cole, violin 

    Jessie MONTGOMERY Shift, Change, Turn 

    TCHAIKOVSKY (orch. MATTHEWS) Selections from The Seasons, Op. 37 

    VIVALDI The Four Seasons 


    Three composers, centuries apart, offer their interpretations of the seasons, concluding with Vivaldi’s famous concertos that cleverly paint the passage of time from thundering spring storms to a serene winter day.



    Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert

    Friday, September 1, 8PM 

    Saturday, September 2, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    David Newman, conductor 


    In the climactic sixth episode of the Star Wars saga, Darth Vader readies the second Death Star to unleash the final blow to the Rebel Alliance. Watch the complete film unfold as David Newman and the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs John Williams’ legendary score live to picture.


    Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm and Warner/Chappell Music. © All rights reserved. ©2023 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. All Rights Reserved © Disney



    Mozart Under the Stars

    Tuesday, September 5, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Nicholas McGegan, conductor 

    Bomsori Kim, violin 

    MOZART Overture to Don Giovanni

    MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish” 

    MOZART Symphony No. 38, “Prague” 


    Bowl favorite Nicholas McGegan leads Mozart’s stirring Don Giovanni Overture as well as his harmonically rich “Prague” Symphony. Violinist Bomsori Kim joins the orchestra for the graceful and rollicking “Turkish” concerto.



    Bach and Mendelssohn

    Thursday, September 7, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Masaaki Suzuki, conductor 

    Martin Chalifour, violin 

    BACH Orchestral Suite No. 3 

    BACH Violin Concerto in E Major 

    MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, “Italian” 


    The Hollywood Hills meet the Italian countryside with Mendelssohn’s sunny and cheerful Fourth Symphony, along with timeless and sublime Bach featuring the LA Phil’s Principal Concertmaster.



    The Planets

    Tuesday, September 12, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Karen Kamensek, conductor 

    Anne Akiko Meyers, violin 

    Pacific Chorale 

      Robert Istad, Artistic Director 

    Adam SCHOENBERG Cool Cat (world premiere, LA Phil commission) 

    Philip GLASS Violin Concerto No. 1 

    HOLST The Planets 


    No need to look up to the sky to see Mars, Jupiter, and Neptune with Holst’s fan-favorite, out-of-this-world journey through the solar system. Anne Akiko Meyers performs Glass’ minimalist triumph.


    Additionally, Gustavo Dudamel’s summer Hollywood Bowl concerts conclude when he leads the LA Phil and GRAMMY® Award-winning Mexico City indie rockers Café Tacvba for two nights in July:



    Café Tacvba with the LA Phil

    Friday, July 21, 8PM 

    Saturday, July 22, 8PM 

    Café Tacvba 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor 

    Gabriella ORTIZ Kauyumari

    Francisco CORTEZ ALVAREZ La Serpiente de Colores

    STRAUSS (arr. DESENNE) Tritsch-Tratsch Polka

    Café Tacvba with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel

    Café Tacvba (without orchestra)


    The legendary band reprises their electrifying collaboration with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, showcasing the catalog that led The New York Times to call them “the greatest rock band in Mexico” and “possibly even the world”.





    The LA Phil’s fourth season at The Ford includes 3 distinctive programs: the return of Pacific Opera Project producing in partnership with The Ford present their reinterpretation of the classical opera The Barber of Seville, set in modern-day Hollywood (August 25). Meredith Monk celebrates 80 years with a program surveying her vocal music (August 31) and in a very special evening, Icelandic artist Laufey performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (September 16).


    See below for the full Ford listings:


    The Barber of Seville

    Produced in partnership with Pacific Opera Project 

    Friday, August 25, 8PM 

    Josh Shaw, director and designer 

    Kyle Naig, conductor 

    Johnathan McCullough, Figaro 

    Meagan Martin, Rosina 

    E. Scott Levin, Dr. Bartolo 

    Andrew Potter, Don Basilio 


    Set in current-day Hollywood, pop princess Rosina is fresh out of rehab after a messy breakup and public meltdown. She’s moved in with her overbearing producer and manager, Dr. Bartolo, who has more than her career on his mind. With the assistance of aging rock legend, turned celebrity voice coach, Don Basilio, Bartolo hopes to marry the young Rosina. However, Hollywood heartthrob Count Almaviva also has his eye on Rosina but wants to win her heart the old-fashioned way, not because of his fame, so he disguises himself as a humble student to approach her. Figaro, a stylist to the stars, and a man-about-town is on the scene to aid with the love connection. A host of personal assistants, housekeepers, out-of-work actors, and even the LAPD show up in this laugh-a-minute comedy.

    The production is sung in Italian with English supertitles and an orchestra.



    Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble and Bang on a Can All-Stars


    Thursday, August 31, 8PM 

    Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble 

      Theo Bleckmann, voice 

      Katie Geissinger, voice 

      Meredith Monk, voice 

      Allison Sniffin, voice and bowed psaltery 

    Bang on a Can All-Stars 

      Robert Black, bass 

      Vicky Chow, piano and keyboard 

      David Cossin, percussion 

      Arlen Hlusko, cello 

      Mark Stewart, electric guitar 

      Ken Thomson, clarinets 

      Andrew Cotton, sound engineer 


    MEMORY GAME is both a look back at a pivotal point in Meredith Monk's storied career, and a richly layered portrait of how vocal music—under the guidance of an indefatigable master—can play with our expectations in poignant and compelling ways. For this journey, Monk and her ever-versatile vocal group join forces with Bang on a Can All-Stars, whose “lean, emphatic, and muscular execution suits the precision of Monk’s writing perfectly” (The Wire).



    Laufey with the LA Phil

    Saturday, September 16, 8PM 

    Los Angeles Philharmonic 

    Hugh Brunt, conductor 


    Raised between Washington, D.C. and Reykjavik by Icelandic and Chinese parents, Laufey was classically trained on piano and cello by her mother but found her true love in her father’s jazz album collection. The result, as NME described her 2022 LP, offers “velvet-smooth harmonies, swelling string sections, and the faintest crackle of an old jazz record” that all combine to find the magic in life’s little moments. Laufey’s musical storytelling is as likely to pull from Ravel and Chopin as Ella Fitzgerald or Billie Holiday, and she makes her Ford debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.



    Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2023 summer season are available online at and for The Ford at or via phone at 323 850 2000 for both venues. Programs, artists, prices and dates subject to change. Ticket limits may apply. 


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    About the Hollywood Bowl 

    One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922 and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music, offering something for everyone. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz performances. In February 2023 the venue was named the Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year at the 34th Annual Pollstar Awards, an honor bestowed 15 previous times. The Hollywood Bowl was also named Amphitheater of the Decade at the 32nd Annual Pollstar Awards as well as Top Amphitheater at the 2017 and 2018 Billboard Touring Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer.


    About The Ford 

    The Ford is one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles, with an outdoor 1,200-seat amphitheater and a rich history dating back to 1920. Situated in a 32-acre park and under the stewardship of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, The Ford presents an eclectic summer season of music, dance, film, and family events that are reflective of the communities of Los Angeles. 

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