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  • Jun. 24, 2005

    Principal conductor John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra kickoff the summer season with "Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl" on Friday, June 24 at 8:30 p.m. The benefit concert for Music Matters, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's youth music education program, features the Sixth Annual Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This year's honorees include singer Trisha Yearwood (pictured) and violinist Joshua Bell. Composer/arranger/conductor Quincy Jones leads a special tribute to the friend who nicknamed him Q, the legendary Frank Sinatra.

    The concert highlights performances with the Orchestra by the Grammy-winning inductees and special guests.
    Frank Sinatra, Jr. and friends join Jones, a longtime collaborator who first worked with the elder Sinatra at the young age of 24, during the tribute. Trisha Yearwood sings several of her greatest hits plus her latest single, Georgia Rain. Joshua Bell performs music from the beloved film The Red Violin for which he recorded the Oscar-winning soundtrack. Bell's friend and colleague Josh Groban pays tribute to the Hall of Fame Inductee singing "Mi Mancherai," which they recorded together on Groban's most recent CD Closer.

    Video montages of each honoree are shown on the venue's four large screens, showcasing the artists' professional and personal achievements. The evening's celebration concludes with a spectacular new "Pyro Plus" special effects display. Additional guests and performers to be announced.

    The benefit includes a VIP pre-concert reception and gourmet dinner in the Bowl's iconic boxes and helps fund Music Matters, which serves more than 120,000 young people every year. Target Stores is the Lead Sponsor of Opening Night, and as a strong advocate of arts in the classroom, is also a supporter of Music Matters. Priscilla and Curtis S. Tamkin return as Premier Patrons of Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl; Wells Fargo generously underwrites the pre-concert reception.

    Continuing the Bowl's newest tradition, the Unsung Heroes Contest invites students in grades K through 12 to write essays describing how they have been inspired or their lives have been changed by a teacher who has incorporated the power of music into the daily curriculum. Winning students and their inspirational teachers are awarded with Hero Box seating for the evening and recognized during the concert. Target Stores presents Target GiftCards to the winning students and their teachers as well as a substantial grant to the winners' schools.

    Tickets for the concert only ($15 - $97), which begins at 8:30 p.m., are on sale at the Hollywood Bowl box office, online at, all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons-May, Tower Records, Ritmo Latino, and selected Wherehouse locations), and by credit card phone order at 323.850.2000.

    Tickets for the benefit and concert ($425 - $1,500), which benefits Music Matters, include a pre-concert reception and dinner beginning at 5:00 p.m. Call 213.972.3051 for further details.

    Yearwood, Bell and Sinatra join the distinguished company of past inductees John Williams, Garth Brooks, Marilyn Horne, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, John Raitt, Monty Python, Kathleen Battle, Randy Newman, Bernadette Peters, Leopold Stokowski, George Harrison, the Smothers Brothers, Roger Daltrey, Patti LuPone, Nathan Lane, Henry Mancini, Sarah Chang and Brian Wilson who were previously inducted into the Hall of Fame.

    The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame was established to identify and pay tribute to artists whose unique achievements embody the spirit of the world-renowned Hollywood Bowl. Drawn from the diverse arena of musical entertainment, including classical, pop, jazz, musical theatre, film composition, and dance, honorees will receive their tributes each summer as part of the Bowl's annual opening night celebration. The "Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame" was conceived on behalf of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association by Wayne Baruch and Charles F. Gayton, Executive Producers of the June 24 concert.

    Grammy® Award-winning violinist JOSHUA BELL has been captivating audiences around the globe for more than 20 years. Known for his poetic musicality, Joshua came to national attention at age 14 with orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. A Carnegie Hall debut, the Avery Fisher Career Grant and a recording contract further confirmed his unique presence in the music world. Now in his 30's, Joshua has performed with the world's leading symphony orchestras and conductors, recorded 28 albums and earned the title of "classical music superstar." Billboard Magazine named him the 2004 Classical Artist of the Year, and his recording, "Romance of the Violin," the 2004 Classical Album of the Year. Following his three-year involvement with the film The Red Violin, where he was responsible for all solo violin music composed by John Corigliano, the album captured the Oscar® for Best Original Score. Joshua is also heard on the recently released Ladies in Lavender soundtrack. In February, Romance of the Violin DualDisc, was released and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas will be released in September. Joshua received a Grammy Award for the Maw Violin Concerto and millions have enjoyed his three appearances on the Grammy Award telecasts, the PBS specials Joshua Bell at the Penthouse: Live From Lincoln Center, Great Performances: Joshua Bell: West Side Story Suite from Central Park, as well as Evening at the Pops, and The Indy 500 Victory Celebration. Joshua has been the subject of a BBC documentary and appeared as himself in Music of the Heart starring Meryl Streep. Joshua serves on the Artist Committee of the Kennedy Center Honors. He plays the 1713 Gibson ex Huberman Stradivarius.

    Since the release of his extraordinarily successful 2001 self-titled debut album, featuring the international hit "To Where You Are," JOSH GROBAN has become a musical phenomenon, selling well over five million albums worldwide, making scores of worldwide televised appearances, most notable his wildly popular 2003 PBS Great Performances special, which itself became a number one selling DVD and the best selling long form music video of 2002. His appearance at the closing ceremonies of the Salt Lake City Olympics was seen by over a billion people, many of whom were instantly converted into rabid "Grobanites," as the artist's worldwide fan following has affectionately dubbed themselves. Most recently, Josh appeared on stage at Broadway's Amsterdam Theater for an Actor's Fund benefit performance of Chess, bringing to fruition a long-standing ambition of this former Carnegie-Mellon musical theater major. Featuring the glorious single, "You Raise Me Up," the 2003 release of Closer is a stunning collection of thirteen diverse and distinctive new tracks featuring three original songs by the young artist, among them "Mi Mancherai" featuring Joshua Bell from the score to the film Il Postino. Groban has been the Music Matters spokesperson for the last three years.

    An impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word, QUINCY JONES' career has encompassed the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, magazine founder and multi-media entrepreneur. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, he has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions, traversing virtually every medium, including records, live performance, movies and television. Celebrating more than 50 years performing and being involved in music, Quincy's creative magic has spanned over six decades, beginning with the music of the post-swing era and continuing through today's high-technology, international multi-media hybrids. Quincy won the first of his many Grammy's in 1963 for his Count Basie arrangement of "I Can't Stop Loving You." Quincy's three-year musical association as conductor and arranger with Frank Sinatra in the mid-60's also teamed him with Basie for the classic Sinatra At The Sands, containing the famous arrangement of "Fly Me To The Moon," the first recording played by astronaut Buzz Aldrin when he landed upon the moon's surface in 1969.

    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 and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra have presented an astonishing number of premieres, and during his tenure, opera and ballet along with the staging of Broadway musicals 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 2005 Hollywood Bowl season marks Mauceri's 15th season and 300th concert with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, which was created for him by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1991.

    FRANK SINATRA was arguably the most important popular music figure of the 20th century, his only real rivals for the title being Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles. In a professional career that lasted 60 years, he demonstrated a remarkable ability to maintain his appeal and pursue his musical goals despite often countervailing trends. He came to the fore during the swing era of the 1930s and '40s, helped to define the "sing era" of the '40s and '50s, and continued to attract listeners during the rock era that began in the mid-'50s. He scored his first number one hit in 1940 and was still making million-selling recordings in 1994 - he was able to adapt to the changes of popular musical tastes. This popularity was a mark of his success at singing and promoting the American popular song as it was written, particularly in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. He was able to take the work of great theater composers of that period, such as Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Richard Rodgers, and reinterpret their songs for later audiences in a way that led to their rediscovery and their permanent enshrinement as classics. His popularity as a singer and his productivity has resulted in an overwhelming discography. Its major portions break down into the Columbia years (1943-1952), the Capitol years (1953-1962), and the Reprise years (1960-1981), but airchecks, film and television soundtracks, and other miscellaneous recordings swell it massively. On records and in live performances, on film (an Academy Award winner), radio (multiple Grammy Awards), and television, he consistently sang standards in a way that demonstrated their perennial appeal. Sinatra finally retired from performing in his 80th year in 1995. On August 14, 1943, 28-year-old Frank Sinatra made his Hollywood Bowl debut. His appearance caused quite a controversy. He was the first pop singer to perform with the Philharmonic. His teenage fans were screaming with excitement while the more traditional audience sat in silence.

    TRISHA YEARWOOD'S phenomenal career began with her breakout #1 single "She's in Love with The Boy" from her multi-platinum debut album. She was awarded Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year in 1997 and 1998. During her ten year career she has received three Grammy Awards as well as multiple CMA's and American Music Awards. Her ten album catalogue has been awarded a quadruple Platinum, a Double Platinum, three Platinums and four Gold Records. She has performed on the Academy Awards, the closing ceremony of the 1996 Olympics and for the Library of Congress. In 1999, Trisha was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry, one of the highest honors for a country music artist. She has accomplished elusive crossover success into the international pop market with such hits as "How do I live" which has become a modern standard. Her next album, Jasper County, is due out September 13, 2005. Trisha Yearwood performed three sold-out nights at the Hollywood Bowl on the Fourth of July weekend of 1997with John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

    The Hollywood Bowl gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Target Stores, Lead Sponsor of Opening Night; Wells Fargo; Goodyear; Pasadena Showcase for the Arts; Patina Group at the Bowl; Tiffany & Co.; Mirassou; Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl Committee Chairs Paige and David P. Glickman; and our Premier Patrons, Priscilla and Curtis S. Tamkin. Media sponsors are KABC 7 and the Los Angeles Times.

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