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Classical KUSC at the Hollywood Bowl - Summer 2024

Farah Sosa

... Join Classical KUSC at the Hollywood Bowl this summer!

Since its opening in 1922, the Hollywood Bowl has been the premier destination for live music in Southern California, hosting everyone from Billie Holiday to The Beatles to Yo-Yo Ma under the iconic silhouette of its concentric-arched band shell. Join Classical KUSC and the LA Phil for seven nights of great musical performances, under the stars!

All-Gershwin

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Photo of Isabel Leonard courtesy of LA Phil

THU / JULY 11, 2024 - 8:00PM

A tribute to George Gershwin, featuring An American in ParisRhapsody in Blue, and more.

LA Phil Associate Conductor Lionel Bringuier recreates and leads the LA Phil in Gershwin’s iconic classical, jazz, and Caribbean rhythms, while celebrating Rhapsody in Blue’s 100th anniversary alongside French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Broadway star Tony Yazbeck, and Isabel Leonard—“opera’s most in-demand singer” (Town & Country).

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All-Beethoven

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Photo of Sunwook Kim courtesy LA Phil

THU / JULY 25, 2024 - 8:00PM

Three pieces. Three soloists. One massive night of Beethoven.

Conductor David Robertson kicks off the night with the Coriolan Overture—a Shakespearean tale of turmoil, revenge, and remorse—followed by Beethoven’s exuberant Triple Concerto performed by a talented tag team of young soloists.

Ha-young Choi, winner of the 2022 Queen Elisabeth Competition for Cello, joins the virtuosic duo—pianist Sunwook Kim and violinist Clara-Jumi Kang—in a must-see performance.

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Schumann & Bruch

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Karen Gomyo - LA Phil

THU / AUG 1, 2024 - 8:00PM

Karen Gomyo flits and floats through Bruch, and Xian Zhang amplifies the sounds of spring.

Conductor Xian Zhang leads the LA Phil in the stirring Overture from Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Karen Gomyo solos in the crowd-pleasing Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, before a finale of Schumann's "Spring" Symphony, "a buoyant farewell to spring with its brass fanfare, zippy scherzo, and tender harmonies."

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All-Rachmaninoff

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Dima Slobodeniouk - LA Phil

TUE / AUG 13, 2024 - 8:00PM

Experience Rachmaninoff’s gorgeous Second Symphony and his varied and stunning Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

International Classical Music Award-winning conductor Dima Slobodeniouk makes his LA Phil debut in Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, guiding its gorgeous melodies that wander back and forth between heartrending slow movements, a brass-heavy scherzo, and a lively finale.

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All-Dvořák with Midori

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Midori - LA Phil

TUE / AUG 20, 2024 - 8:00PM

Midori charms audiences with the dynamic spirit and sensibility of Bohemia.

For over four decades, Midori has explored and built connections between music and the human experience. Returning to the spotlight on the Hollywood Bowl stage, the internationally respected violinist brings her exquisite touch and expertise to Dvořák’s Violin Concerto.

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Carmen and Carnival with Dudamel

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LA Phil

TUE / SEPT 3, 2024 - 8:00PM & THU / SEPT 5, 2024 - 8:00PM

A euphoric evening featuring the sultry streets of Seville and a fantastical circus.

Experience two nights of pure whimsy as Gustavo Dudamel leads Carnival of the Animals. Brother-sister piano duo Sergio Tiempo and Karin Lechner march with lions and waltz with elephants in the playful and imaginative suites by Saint-Saëns.

In between two enchanting showcases of symphonic Spanish dances by Roberto Sierra, Operalia prize-winner Rihab Chaieb transports us to Seville’s sensuous town square, singing “with a razor-sharp presence that really suits the larger-than-life persona [of] Carmen” (Broadway World).

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Dudamel Leads Beethoven 9

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LA Phil

TUE / SEPT 10, 2024 - 8:00PM

Dudamel leads Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and Bernstein’s prayer for peace

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has long been considered a testament to freedom, peace, and solidarity. Adopted by the European Union as its official anthem, the climactic “Ode to Joy” honors music as a universal language and highlights values shared around the world. Bernstein carries that celebratory spirit in his Chichester Psalms, an uplifting and atmospheric conglomerate of Hebrew verses, Christian choral tradition, and the punchy rhythms à la West Side Story.

Countertenor Key’mon Murrah, praised for his “phrasing with the feel of fine silk” (Opera News) contrasts the first and last movement’s peppy bongos and lush string harmonies with a gentle solo accompanied by harp.

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Published on 07.07.2024