What’s better than enjoying chilled libations with friends while being serenaded by your favorite music with the Hollywood Hills as the backdrop on a balmy summer night? Well, nothing.
That’s why it’s always exciting to find out the lineup for the latest season of the Hollywood Bowl summer series.
The famed entertainment destination has announced who will be performing in 2016 with lots of great performances to choose from, and to kick things off Steely Dan will be the opening act.
Here are some highlights of what you can expect from the Hollywood Bowl Summer 2016 Series:
- Gustavo Dudamel conducts concert performances of West Side Story; returns for the Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks (featuring American Ballet Theatre)
- Gustavo Dudamel showcases music of Latin America in program of Piazzolla, Schifrin, and Villa-Lobos with guitarist Angel Romero
- Gustavo Dudamel conducts Tosca with Julianna Di Giacomo, Fabio Sartori and Falk Struckmann
- Los Angeles Philharmonic performs with superstars Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, Gil Shaham, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and many more, plus actors from Shakespeare’s Globe
- Opening night with Steely Dan and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins plus Fireworks benefits the LA Phil education programs
- Star Trek (2009) in Concert, Pet Sounds with Brian Wilson, Sergio Mendes’ Brasil 2016, and Jeff Beck celebrate 50th Anniversary milestones
- A Prairie Home Companion returns to the Hollywood Bowl for Garrison Keillor’s final appearance as host in Los Angeles
- John Williams returns to the Hollywood Bowl to conduct music from Star Wars: The Force Awakens along with other beloved scores, joined by David Newman conducting film score classics with clips shown on the Bowl’s big screen
- Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Culture Club, Chicago, Kraftwerk, Brandi Carlile, and Carlos Vives make debuts at Hollywood Bowl
- Jazz at the Bowl offers An Allen Toussaint Salute; Mega Nova featuring Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Cindy Blackman Santana, Marcus Miller and Carlos Santana; Gladys Knight; The Ultimate Tribute to Ray Charles starring Maceo Parker; The Black Movie Soundtrack II and more
- KCRW’s World Festival features The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma; Burning Spear; Kurt Vile and The Violators; Bloc Party and more
- A Chorus Line, this summer’s fully-staged Broadway musical production, brings to the Bowl its unforgettable score and riveting real-life story, brilliantly united with the original choreography
- Launch of new culinary partnership Hollywood Food + Winebrought to life by Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, brings all-new seasonal menus, artisanal products, exceptional wine pairings, and street food kiosks to the Bowl