Sinatra...Streisand...Horowitz...Heifetz...they've all played the Hollywood Bowl. So have the Beatles, Leonard Bernstein, Mickey Rooney. Baryshnikov has danced there. Nat King Cole, Billie Holliday, Elton John, Al Jolson and Judy Garland have headlined star-studded shows at the Bowl.
An outdoor amphitheater in a magnificent climate, the Bowl has come to symbolize Southern California--its glamour, romance, fun and great performing tradition. Its signature arched proscenium, known worldwide, has evolved through the years with the creative assistance of three of architecture's luminaries; Myron Hunt, Lloyd Wright, the eldest son of Frank Lloyd Wright, and most recently, internationally famous architect Frank Gehry created the fiberglass spheres that hang from the Bowl's shell.
This large-format colorful, elegant book captures the history, spirit and legend of the Hollywood Bowl through a series of essays written by experts in various fields such as dance, opera, recording arts and jazz. Each chapter is luxuriously illustrated by photographs and illustrations carefully culled from historical archives. Otto Rothschild, staff photographer for the Philharmonic for 40 years, left behind a dazzling collection of breathtaking photographs of legendary artists never before published. A fabulous gift book, this work is also historically rigorous for the performing arts aficionado.
Edited by noted musicologist John Henken, twelve authors, experts in their fields, have been carefully chosen to write each chapter. For example, Naima Prevots, chair of the Dance program at the American University in Washington, DC, authored "The Bowl in Motion," a chapter covering the ground breaking experimental dance concerts sponsored by the Bowl. Gene Lees, former editor of Down Beat and publisher of The Jazzletter, has written "Midnight at the Oasis," about the world-class jazz performances staged there. George Varga, pop music critic for the San Diego Union Tribune and Copley News Service covers the popular music scene at the Bowl. Ernest Fleischmann, general manager of the LA Philharmonic for almost 30 years, offers personal reflections in a moving introduction.