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The Hollywood Bowl Turns 85

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — On the evening of July 11th, 1922, citizens of the greater Los Angeles region settled into the wooden benches arrayed on the natural hills to listen to the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Alfred Hertz for the first performance in the then-new Hollywood Bowl.

85 years later, the legendary Hollywood venue is still going strong. The Hollywood Bowl, with a capacity of nearly 18,000, is one of the largest natural outdoor amphitheatres in the world and serves as a summer home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic since it opened.

The Bowl has played host to plethora of legendary performers as well: Sinatra, Pavarotti, Streisand, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and Abbott and Costello. Baryshnikov has danced there, as has Fred Astaire. Garth Brooks, Nat "King" Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Elton John, Al Jolson, and Judy Garland have all performed at the Bowl along with a multitude of others.

The Bowl is ready to continue in the vanguard as one of the premier live entertainment venues in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan region. A recent upgrade, which saw the iconic band shell remodeled to provide more stage space, improve acoustics, upgrade to the sound system and provided for more backstage amenities was completed in 2004.

Future events planned for the Hollywood Bowl include

Thu. Jul 12 – Haefliger Plays Ravel
Fri. Jul 13 – John Williams: Maestro of the Movies
Sat. Jul 14 – John Williams: Maestro of the Movies
Sun. Jul 15 – Café Tacuba
Tue. Jul 17 – Classics Under the Stars feat Los Angeles Philharmonic; Leonard Slatkin
Wed. Jul 18 – 50 Years of Stax
Thu. Jul 19 – Beethoven & Brahms
Fri. Jul 20 – Cool Britannia! with Jamie Cullum
Sat. Jul 21 – Cool Britannia! with Jamie Cullum
Sun. Jul 22 – Savion Glover: On Tap
Mon. Jul 23 – Rush
Tue. Jul 24 – Sultry Spanish Nights – Los Angeles Philharmonic; Joana Carneiro, conductor; Luciana Souza, vocalist; Arnaldo Cohen, piano
Wed. Jul 25 – Jazz at the Movies
Thu. Jul 26 – Chang Plays Bruch
Fri. Jul 27 – Viva Las Vegas: An Evening with Gladys Knight
Sat. Jul 28 – Viva Las Vegas: An Evening with Gladys Knight
Sun. Jul 29 – Spirit of Armenia!
Tue. Jul 31 – Beethoven's 9th!

– CelebrityAccess Staff Writers