300+ Page Book Presents Firsthand Accounts and Rarely Seen Photos
Seven-LP Vinyl Box Set Features Recordings from the Hollywood Bowl over the
Past 100 Years, Featuring Never-Released Tracks from Artists Including
Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil, Fred Astaire, Billie Holiday,
the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Donna Summer and The Doors
10-Episode Podcast Explores Little-Known Stories of the Hollywood Bowl,
Accompanied by Multimedia Website and Walking Tour
Commemorative Collection To Be Released June of 2022
The Los Angeles Philharmonic will release Hollywood Bowl: The First 100 Years—a new book, vinyl box set and podcast series celebrating the 100th season of the iconic venue—this June 2022, to coincide with the opening night of the 2022 season. The commemorative collection preserves and pays tribute to some of the most notable and cherished moments and performances from the Hollywood Bowl’s storied history.
LA Phil Chief Executive Officer and David C. Bohnett Chief Executive Officer Chair Chad Smith said, “Over the past 100 years, the Hollywood Bowl has been home to some of the greatest memories in the performing arts. Some of these moments are perfectly captured in a photograph, others in a recording and some need to be told firsthand. To best celebrate the centennial, we knew we needed to produce a book, a collection of recordings and a podcast series to honor our history and commend the diverse range of artists who have performed on this iconic stage.”
HOLLYWOOD BOWL CENTENNIAL BOOK AND VINYL COLLECTION
Hollywood Bowl: The First 100 Years, written by Derek Traub and edited by Julia Ward and Robin Rauzi, features more than 300 image-filled pages comprised of 10 thematic chapters drawing on firsthand accounts and rarely-seen photographs to reveal what makes the Hollywood Bowl an unparalleled performance space.
Especially noteworthy are the story of Princess Tsianina, a Cree/Cherokee soprano, and the Inter-Tribal Festival; the remarkable legacy of the Bowl’s most popular and enduring singing star, Ella Fitzgerald, who holds the rare distinction of having sold out the venue across five decades, from the 1950s through the 1990s; a behind-the-scenes look at film music at the Bowl and the first live performance of John Williams’ film score to Star Wars; and significant moments in Los Angeles history, such as the anti-nuclear “Survival Sunday,” the first political movement to make the Bowl an annual tradition in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the AIDS benefit and Star-Spangled Night for Rights.
In addition to the book, the vinyl box set Hollywood Bowl 100: The First 100 Years of Music will be available, containing seven LPs consisting of more than 50 live performance recordings from 1928–2021. The collection contains selections from the classical, pop, rock, film, jazz, Broadway and American Songbook genres, with some of the performances being released for the first time. Featured artists include Billie Holiday (1955), Donna Summer (2008), The Doors (1968), Victor Young and Fred Astaire (1937), the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (1999) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel (2016).
The coffee table-style book and box set will be available for purchase starting opening night, June 3, at laphil.com and at the LA Phil and Bowl stores. The box set will be available for pre-order on May 15 through LAPhilStore.com. Full artist and track listing, along with a selection of audio samples, will be available at HollywoodBowl.com/Vinyl on Sunday, May 15.
PODCAST SERIES AND MULTIMEDIA WEBSITE
The First 100 Years also will include a 10-episode podcast series. Each episode tells a story ranging from 1922 to today about the Hollywood Bowl in relation to a specific location at the Hollywood Bowl’s 88-acre campus: from Highland Avenue to the back benches. Written and hosted by Derek Traub, the podcast shares never-before-told and long-since-forgotten stories drawn from dozens of oral history interviews and thousands of documents from the Bowl’s archive and historical collections across Southern California.
Each short episode (approximately 7–10 minutes) can be accessed for free via podcast platforms or online at HollywoodBowl.com/first100years beginning June 3. Historical photos from the LA Phil’s archive will accompany each episode online. Listen in-person at the Bowl to enjoy the series as a self-guided audio walking tour.
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About the LA Phil
Under the leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil offers 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 as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles). Performances are offered on three historic stages—Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and The Ford—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 June 2021, the Hollywood Bowl was awarded Amphitheater of the Decade at the 32nd Annual Pollstar Awards. It was also awarded the Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year award at the 31st Annual Pollstar Awards, an honor bestowed 14 previous times, as well as Top Amphitheater prize at the 2017 and 2018 Billboard Touring Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer. HollywoodBowl.com