Shi-Yeon Sung Replaces de Waart at Hollywood Bowl Concert

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Korean conductor Shi-Yeon Sung will make her Hollywood Bowl debut Aug. 26 when she steps in to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an all-German program.

According to a recent press release, she replaces an ailing Edo de Waart on the podium, leading an evening that will include Schumann's Piano Concerto (to be performed by Sa Chen); the prelude to Wagner's Die Meistersinger; and Brahms' dramatic Symphony No. 1

Considered one of the most exciting young conductors on the international scene, Korean conductor Shi-Yeon Sung has emerged from a string of great successes over the past seasons. She won first prize at the 2006 Sir Georg Solti International Conductors Competition. This was quickly followed by an invitation from James Levine and the Boston Symphony to become their new assistant conductor beginning in the 2007/08 season. Her most recent success occurred at the Bamberg Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, where she achieved top prize in the April 2007 competition. Previous accolades included winning the 2004 conducting competition for the Conducting Forum of the German Music Council, and the 2004 Female Conductors' Competition in Solingen, Germany.

The 8 PM concert takes place at the Hollywood Bowl on 2301 N. Highland Ave.

Tickets ($1 - $95) are on sale now at, at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office or by calling (323)850-2000.


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 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. The 2004 season introduced audiences to a revitalized Hollywood Bowl, featuring a newly-constructed shell and stage and the addition of four stadium screens enhancing stage views in the venue. 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 "SummerSounds: Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its 40th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: in 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and close to one million admissions have been recorded. In February 2008, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the fourth year in a row at the 19th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. The Bowl's summer music festival has become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers, and Disneyland.

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