JOHN WILLIAMS LEADS LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC IN PATRIOTIC PROGRAM WITH SPECIAL GUEST JAMES TAYLOR
JULY 2, 3, and 4 at 7:30 PM
Americana rules at the Hollywood Bowl for the annual red-white-and-blue salute to America's birthday at the "Target July 4th Fireworks Spectacular" on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 2, 3, and 4, at 7:30 p.m. Award-winning composer/conductor John Williams leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the patriotic program, which includes American standards and Sousa marches, complete with fireworks above the famous stage. Quintessential American songsmith James Taylor makes a special appearance, as well, singing some of his familiar favorites.
Composer/conductor JOHN WILLIAMS is one of the most respected and honored composers of film and concert music, and is Laureate Conductor of the Boston Pops, where he held the post of conductor for 14 seasons. He has composed the music and served as music director for more than 90 films, and has been honored with five Oscars (he is the most nominated living person with 39 Oscar nominations, most recently for A.I. and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), three Golden Globes and 18 Grammys, as well as numerous gold and platinum records. In addition to his film music, John Williams has written many concert pieces, including symphonies and concertos. His bassoon concerto, The Five Sacred Trees, was given its West Coast premiere in April 1999 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and soloist David Breidenthal. Williams, who has conducted at the Hollywood Bowl nearly every season since his debut there in 1978, was one of the first inductee into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000.
One of the nation's most well-known singers today, JAMES TAYLOR embodied the American singer-songwriter in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In recent years, Taylor continues to add his harmony vocals to all and sundry as a session singer, in addition to touring regularly. He has devoted much time to performing at benefits. In 1997, after taking a five-year break, he returned with Hourglass - one of his highest charting records - for which he received a Grammy award. Taylor's last performance at the Hollywood Bowl was in 2001.
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of just under 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and, in 1991 gave its name to The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California. A hit from its very first season, the Hollywood Bowl has remained popular and accessible to a wide cross-section of Southern California's diverse population. To this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's concerts. While the Bowl is best known for its sizzling summer nights, during the day California's youngest patrons enjoy "Open House at the Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its 34th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: in 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and last summer, close to one million admissions were recorded. It is no wonder that the Bowl's summer music festivals have become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers and Disneyland.
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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
Tuesday, July 2, 7:30 PM
Wednesday, July 3, 7:30 PM
Thursday, July 4, 7:30 PM
Target July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
JOHN WILLIAMS, conductor
JAMES TAYLOR, special guest
Tickets ($5 - $186) are on sale now at the Hollywood Bowl box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232, at all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May, Tower Records and Ritmo Latino locations), or online at hollywoodbowl.com. Children 12 and under receive a 50% discount for these shows only. For general information or to request a brochure, call 323.850.2000.
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Elizabeth Hinckley, (323) 850-2047; Rachelle Roe, (323) 850-2032