World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his innovative brainchild, The Silk Road Ensemble, bring their collaborative excellence to the Bowl stage for an exciting evening of world music exploration. Made up of performers and composers from more than 20 countries and lauded as “vibrant and virtuosic” by The Wall Street Journal, the ensemble encompasses musical traditions from around the globe.

Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile captures the raw and powerful sound of true rock ’n’ roll as she celebrates her sixth album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. High-energy old-time string band Old Crow Medicine Show has won two Grammys®, been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, and gone platinum with their re-imagined Dylan song “Wagon Wheel.”

Three-time Grammy® winner Ben Harper and his recently reunited band perform for the first time with full orchestra. The soulful singer-songwriter, who has achieved worldwide acclaim along with his stellar band, will perform songs from their celebrated career and new album Call It What It Is.

The ebullient Nicholas McGegan leads a program of music inspired by the personal taste of innovative French landscape painter Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867), a true “mélomane,” or music lover. Videos made in collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Museum will provide insight into the artist’s relationship with the music that fired the passions of his Romantic generation.

Influential saxophonist Maceo Parker (known for his heavily sampled work with James Brown and George Clinton) heads up a celebration of Ray Charles. Master musician Christian McBride showcases his talent while driving his Grammy®-winning big band, and special guest Philip Bailey of Earth Wind & Fire, from behind the bass.

Nicholas McGegan celebrates the 20th anniversary of his Bowl debut with a festive survey of Handel masterworks: stirring anthems, dramatic arias and nimble orchestral dances.

Mexican guitar heroes Rodrigo y Gabriela return with their virtuosic mix of epic licks and intimate instrumentals for a magical collaboration with orchestra. Taking influences from the worlds of Latin, jazz, rock and heavy metal, the pair’s high energy performances create a six-string sound like no other.

Olympic fever hits the Bowl as we salute the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro. Dance to the scintillating samba/pop rhythms of Grammy® winner Sergio Mendes, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his influential band, Brasil ’66 – an electrifying evening of samba, capoeira, Bloco-Afro drummers and fireworks!

Two pillars of the Viennese Romantic repertory under the summer sky: it doesn’t get more “classic” than this! Adding to the excitement is the Bowl debut of much-awarded Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi, BBC Music magazine’s Newcomer of 2012.

Celebrated guitarist and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Beck marks 50 momentous years of electrifying live performances with this very special appearance. One of the most widely acclaimed guitarists in popular music, Beck is known for his wild mix of blues, funk, and jazz rock, as well as collaborations with countless luminaries. Legendary Chicago bluesman, the Real Deal, Buddy Guy performs prior.

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