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  • Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl Kicked Off Summer Season with Grammy Winners Janet Jackson and Ludacris
  • Jun. 12, 2023




    JANET JACKSON: Together Again




    Celebratory Evening Featured Members of

    YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles)  


    Event Raised More than $3.4M  

    Benefiting the LA Phil and its Learning and

    Community Initiatives


    Special Thanks to Kaiser Permanente for its Generous Support of Opening Night  

    LOS ANGELES (June 12, 2023) – Saturday, June 10, Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl kicked off summer with the return to the stage of celebrated music icon Janet Jackson with special guest Ludacris. The concert was also part of Janet Jackson’s highly acclaimed 10th concert tour, Together Again, a two-hour reminiscence of her 40-year career, which featured hits such as “What Have You Done for Me Lately,” “Nasty” and “When I Think of You.” Sixteen young musicians representing all five YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) sites made a guest appearance with Janet Jackson in “Again” led by conductor Thomas Wilkins.


    The evening opened with rapper and actor Ludacris performing his hits, featuring a set by DJ Infamous and a special guest appearance from Lil' Fate. The evening ended with Janet Jackson’s signature hit “Rhythm Nation” set to spectacular fireworks.


    The Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl benefit concert raised more than $3.4M for the LA Phil and its learning and community initiatives (including YOLA).


    Attendees included Tracy Anderson, Lance Bass, Angela Bassett, Jordana Brewster, B.J. Britt, Jon Cryer, Tiffany Haddish, Lil Rey Howery, Bill Hader, Nigel Lythgoe, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Rodriguez, Larenz Tate, Gabrielle Union, Thomas Wilkins, Ali Wong, State Senator Hon. Ben Allen, State Assembly Speaker 62nd District Anthony Rendon, LA County Supervisors Kathryn Barger, Janice Hahn, Lindsey Horvath, Holly Mitchell and Hilda Solis; LA County CEO Fesia Davenport and LA County Department of Parks and Recreation Director Norma García-Gonzalez, among others. Also present were LA Phil Chair Thomas L. Beckmen and Interim LA Phil CEO & COO Daniel Song, David C. Bohnett Chief Executive Officer Chair.





    Saturday, June 10, 2023, 8 p.m. 

    Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood 


    Opening Night at the Bowl with Janet Jackson: Together Again 

    With special guest Ludacris

    Members of YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) 

    Thomas Wilkins, conductor





    Intro (DJ Infamous)

    Southern Fried Intro

    Welcome to ATL

    Act A Fool

    Southern Hospitality (featuring special guest Lil' Fate)

    Area Codes


    Lovers & Friends

    Pimpin All Over The World


    How Low

    My Chick Bad

    Money Maker


    Stand Up


    All I Do Is Win

    Move Bitch

    Get Back




    JANET JACKSON: Together Again

    Intro - Love Me

    Dmita Jo

    Together Again


    So Much Betta


    No Sleep

    Got 'til It's Gone

    That's The Way Love Goes


    Interlude 1

    What Have You Done For Me Lately


    Pleasure Principle

    Because of Love

    When I Think of You


    Best Things


    When We Ooh

    Together Again

    Come Back to Me

    Let's Wait / Lonely

    Again (with musicians from YOLA, conducted by Thomas Wilkins)

    Anytime Anyplace

    I Get Lonely

    Interlude 2

    Doesn't Really Matter

    All For You

    Come On Get Up


    Girlfriend Boyfriend

    Like You Don't Love Me

    Do It To Me

    New Song

    So Excited

    Band solos


    Miss You Much

    Love Will Never Do



    Scream/Black Cat

    Rhythm Nation (with fireworks finale)

    Encore - Together Again

    The Hollywood Bowl opening night concert was co-chaired by Greg A. Adams; Lisa Field; Robyn Field and Anthony O’Carroll; Teena Hostovich, Doug Martinet and Michael Martinet; Stasia and Michael Washington. Title sponsor Kaiser Permanente national leaders in attendance included Greg A. Adams (LA Phil board member and Kaiser Permanente CEO), Vanessa M. Benavides (senior vice president, Chief Legal Officer), and Michelle Gaskill-Hames (interim regional president, Southern California and Hawaii). Special thanks to our Centennial Leaders R. Martin Chavez, Lisa Field and Robyn Field.  


    Additional sponsors include Premiere Sponsor, City National Bank; Muse Sponsors Amazon and Live Nation Hewitt Silva; Symphonic Sponsor, Tracy Anderson; and wine sponsor WINC. 


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    About the LA Phil  

    Under the leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Philoffers live performances, media initiatives and learning programs that inspire and strengthen communities in Los Angeles and beyond. The Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra is the foundation of the LA Phil’s offerings, which also include a multi-genre, multidisciplinary presenting program and such youth development programs asYOLA(Youth Orchestra Los Angeles). Performances are offered on three historic stages—Walt Disney Concert Hall, theHollywood Bowl, The Ford—and Beckmen YOLA Center—as well as through a variety of media platforms. In all its endeavors, the LA Phil seeks to enrich the lives of individuals and communities through musical, artistic and learning experiences that resonate in our world today. 


    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. 

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