Groban and Te Kanawa Are Hollywood Bowl Inductees; Initial Season Details Announced

News   Groban and Te Kanawa Are Hollywood Bowl Inductees; Initial Season Details Announced
Famed opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and vocalist Josh Groban, who has appeared in Chess concerts on both sides of the Atlantic, will be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl of Fame in June.
Josh Groban
Josh Groban

The annual "Opening Night at the Bowl," which includes the induction of Te Kanawa and Groban, is set for June 19 at 8:30 PM. The evening will also feature presenters John Williams and Garth Brooks and the famed Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Wilkins.

Past inductees into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame include 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, Brian Wilson, Trisha Yearwood, Joshua Bell, Frank Sinatra, Placido Domingo, John Mauceri, Carlos Santana and Andre Watts.

The evening will benefit Music Matters, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's music education programs.

Initial details about the Hollywood Bowl's 2009 summer season have also been announced.

As previously reported, Richard Jay-Alexander, who helmed last summer's acclaimed Les Misérables in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl, will also direct the classic Frank Loesser musical Guys and Dolls this summer at the California venue. Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie will choreograph Guys and Dolls in Concert, which will play the Bowl July 31-Aug. 2, 2009. Kevin Stites will be the musical director. Other highlights of the season follow:

  • Ultimate Mancini! (July 10-11 at 8:30 PM): Monica Mancini and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (conducted by Bill Conti) will explore the legacy of composer Henry Mancini.
  • The Art of the Song (July 24-25 at 8:30 PM): Vocalists Michael Feinstein and Jewel will join the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (conducted by Thomas Wilkins) to explore "some of the most memorable melodies ever created, the songs we all know and love, from pop tunes to unforgettable movie themes to the greatest treasures in the Great American Songbook."
  • Evenings of jazz with Sergio Mendes, Eddie Palmieri and Poncho Sanchez (July 8); Natalie Cole (July 15); Boney James and Fourplay (July 22); Buddy Guy, Dr. John & The Lower 911 and James Cotton (Aug. 12); Patti LaBelle (Aug. 19); Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band (Aug. 26); and Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White (Sept. 2), among others.
  • The return of Sing-A-Long "Sound of Music" on Sept. 26 at 6 PM. For tickets or more information call (323) 850-2000 or visit

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