97TH LA PHIL SUMMER/KHATIA BUNIATISHVILI, H’WOOD BOWL,JULY 12

featured classical pianist KHATIA BUNIATISHVILI

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has announced its 97th summer season at the Hollywood Bowl, featuring a roster of world-class artists in genres ranging from classical and pops to jazz, rock and world music, with concerts taking place between June and September 2018.

Highlights include LA Phil Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel conducting the “Bernstein 100 Celebration” with Kristin Chenoweth and Brian Stokes Mitchell; Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring Khatia Buniatishvili; Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto” with Itzhak Perlman; and the “Tchaikovsky Spectacular,” complete with fireworks. Dudamel also conducts Verdi’s “Otello” for the first time, leads a fully danced production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” featuring the celebrated National Ballet of Cuba, and teams up with guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Opening night at the Bowl showcases Diana Ross and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins, plus fireworks.

John Williams celebrates the 40th anniversary of his first appearance at the Bowl, conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in many of his greatest moments in movie music. Films with live orchestra include “Star Wars: A New Hope,” “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” “Jaws,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and “The Pink Panther.”

“Annie” is this summer’s fully staged Broadway musical, directed by Michael Arden and conducted by Todd Ellison.

Plácido Domingo conducts music from Spain, a fireworks finale with Harry Connick Jr. paying tribute to the 300th birthday of New Orleans, Jennifer Hudson, Randy Newman and more round out the star-studded season. The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 N. Highland Ave. Visit hollywoodbowl.com.

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