The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association today announced the 2022 Hollywood Bowl season, celebrating a century of stellar performances at one of the world’s most iconic venues. The centennial season offers a spectacular mix of beloved traditions and history-making innovations, tributes to legendary figures of the Bowl’s past and great stars of the present, the best in jazz and popular music and 34 evenings under the stars with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, 10 of them under the baton of Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel.
LA Phil Chief Executive Officer and David C. Bohnett Chief Executive Officer Chair Chad Smith said, “The Hollywood Bowl is much more than the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. For a hundred years, it has been a testament to live music’s power to create community, uniting people from all walks of life in a shared experience like no other. Thanks to the vision of Gustavo Dudamel and the collaboration of an astonishing roster of guest artists, our centennial season will celebrate the enduring spirit of the Hollywood Bowl and everything this magical place has meant to generations of musicians and music lovers alike.”
Gustavo Dudamel said, “There is truly no place like the Hollywood Bowl. Nothing can compare to the feeling of performing there on a summer night, as our sound seems to pour out from the hills to the thousands of music lovers spread before us, gathered from everywhere in Los Angeles and around the world. We dedicate our programs in this 100th season to all the people who have made the Hollywood Bowl a part of their lives, year after year, and to the new generation, on our stage and in our audience, that is going to carry the magic of this place far into the future.”
A Summer of Stars
Many of the biggest names in entertainment are scheduled to appear at the Hollywood Bowl during its centennial season. The historic line-up will include Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina (July 15-16), Ricky Martin with the LA Phil and Gustavo Dudamel (July 22-23), Boyz II Men and TLC (July 29), John Fogerty (July 30), a-ha with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Principal Conductor Thomas Wilkins (July 31), Sheryl Crow and Keb’ Mo’ (August 3), The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes (August 19-20), Diana Ross (August 26-27), Duran Duran with fireworks (September 9, 10 and 11), Pink Martini (September 14), Lang Lang (September 15), Grace Jones and CHVRCHES (September 25) and Pentatonix (September 29).
Hollywood Bowl Heritage
Annual traditions that light up the Hollywood Bowl will include the ever-popular July 4th Fireworks Spectacular (July 2, 3 and 4), this year featuring Steve Martin & Martin Short, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko with the Los Angeles Philharmonic led by Thomas Wilkins. The Tchaikovsky Spectacular (August 12-13) will see acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell and the USC Trojan Marching Band joining conductor Bramwell Tovey and the LA Phil for the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, 1812 Overture, and fireworks. The annual fully staged Broadway musical will be Kinky Boots, the recent smash hit that was penned by Cyndi Lauper (music and lyrics) and Harvey Fierstein (book) and won six Tony Awards. The Bowl’s production will feature an all-star cast (to be announced) and will be directed and choregraphed by Tony-winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell (July 8, 9 and 10).
Film presentations with live accompaniment by the LA Phil and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will include screenings of Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsTM Part 1 in Concert (June 30), Back to the Future (August 5-6), and Amadeus (August 23). Three Maestro of the Movies: Celebrating John Williams at 90 nights (September 2, 3 and 4) will welcome John Williams and David Newman conducting the LA Phil. Black Movie Soundtrack returns for its fourth edition with bassist Marcus Miller leading a house band in the best music from the history of Black cinema, with Craig Robinson as host and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins (August 24). The annual Sing-A-Long Sound of Music returns with host Melissa Peterman (September 17).
Concerts paying tribute to musical legends from the Bowl’s storied history will include: Billie Eilish and Debbie Harry among the many guest artists in a special concert saluting Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra (July 27); an evening of Rachmaninoff Seconds—Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 2—with soloist Nobuyuki Tsujii joining Bramwell Tovey and the LA Phil (August 16); and Itzhak Perlman as soloist and conductor in the Bach D Minor Concerto for Two Violins, joined by Randall Goosby, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 (September 13). The world’s greatest tribute band returns to the Bowl stage to perform some of the biggest hits of all time with ABBA The Concert (September 24).
Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil
The 100th season showcases the stunning range of Gustavo Dudamel’s talent in every musical genre. Dudamel will lead an evening celebrating the legacy of Leonard Bernstein and his connection to the Bowl (July 12 & 14) and conduct the third act of Wagner’s Die Walküre (July 17), collaborating with director Yuval Sharon and an all-star cast headed by Christine Goerke and Matthias Goerne. Paying tribute to the history of dance at the Bowl, Dudamel will lead a program featuring stars of the Paris Opera Ballet on a program also featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet (July 20-21). Pianist Seong-Jin Cho will join Dudamel for a double program of Beethoven Fifths: the “Emperor” Concerto and Symphony No. 5 (July 26). Soloist Jorge Glem will perform the world premiere of Gonzalo Grau’s LA Phil-commissioned Cuatro Concerto under Dudamel’s baton, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale will join the LA Phil and soloists for a performance of Carl Orff’s perennially popular Carmina Burana (July 28). For his final concert of the summer, Dudamel will invite the exciting young musicians of the Encuentros Orchestra/YOLA to join him on stage at the Hollywood Bowl (August 2).
Other guest conductors include LA Phil Associate Conductor Paolo Bortolameolli with a program of Saint-Saëns (August 4), Dalia Stasevska with violin soloist Pekka Kuusisto (August 9), Lina González-Granados with the LA Phil’s own Teng Li as soloist (August 11), Joseph Young with bass-baritone Davóne Tines (August 18), Marta Gardolińska with Isata Kanneh-Mason (August 25), Eva Ollikainen with Beethoven 9 (August 30 & September 1) and Nicolas McGegan in an all-Mozart program (September 6).
The LA Phil is proud to partner once again with KCRW to present a series of genre-spanning concerts. Scheduled artists include: A.R. Rahman (July 24); Polo & Pan and Parcels (August 7); Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Durand Jones & The Indications with Celisse (August 14); Flying Lotus and Hiatus Kaiyote with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins (August 21); Grace Jones and CHVRCHES (September 25); and four of reggae’s biggest hitmakers, UB40, The Original Wailers featuring Al Anderson, Maxi Priest and Big Mountain (September 18).
Jazz at the Bowl
The annual Jazz at the Bowl programs will run throughout the summer, beginning with the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival (June 25 & 26) including The Roots, Gregory Porter, Tower of Power, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science, and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, among others. Other programs include: a Tribute to Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra (July 27); Sheryl Crow and Keb’ Mo’ (August 3); Trombone Shorty’s oodoo Threauxdown (August 10) showcasing New Orleans musicians including Trombone Shorty, Tank and The Bangas, Big Freedia, Cyril Neville: The Uptown Ruler, George Porter Jr. and Dumpstaphunk performing the music of The Meters and The Soul Rebels; and Black Movie Soundtrack IV (August 24). George Benson, Boney James and Lalah Hathaway will offer an evening of Smooth Summer Jazz (August 28).
Four exceptional jazz presentations are scheduled for September: Wynton Marsalis will lead the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (September 7); Pink Martini returns (September 14); Chucho Valdés and guests will appear in an evening of Latin jazz, including a performance of Valdés’ La Creación (The Creation), an LA Phil co-commission (September 21); and Herbie Hancock, the LA Phil’s Creative Chair for Jazz, performs the final jazz concert of the celebratory 100th season (September 28).
The 101 Fest
To kick off the 100th season at the Bowl and the summer season at The Ford (season details to be announced), the LA Phil will host a FREE two-day weekend festival (June 11 at the Hollywood Bowl and June 12 at The Ford) celebrating the rich history of its two outdoor venues, on either side of the 101 freeway. Further details to be announced on May 10.
HOLLYWOOD BOWL CENTENNIAL BOOK AND VINYL COLLECTION
To commemorate the season the LA Phil has published Hollywood Bowl: The First 100 Years, written by Derek Taub and edited by Julia Ward and Robin Rauzi. The more than 300-page, image-filled publication comprises 10 theme-based chapters that move fluidly through time, drawing on first-hand accounts and rarely seen photographs, to answer the deceptively simple question: What makes the Hollywood Bowl the Hollywood Bowl?
In addition, a vinyl box set of seven LPs will also be available, featuring recordings taken from the Hollywood Bowl from 1928 to 2021, featuring classical, pop, rock, film music, jazz, Broadway and the American Songbook genres.
Both the book and box set will be available starting opening night, exclusively for purchase through the LA Phil and Hollywood Bowl stores.
This summer as part of the centennial celebrations, the LA Phil has expanded its $1 seats for Tuesday/Thursday classical presentations threefold. The $1 tickets are also available for the Wednesday Jazz Plus performances, making the Hollywood Bowl still one of the most affordable and accessible experiences on offer.
Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl 2022 summer season will be available online at
hollywoodbowl.com or via phone at 323 850 2000 on the following dates:
Subscriptions available now.
“Create Your Own” packages will be available Tuesday, March 15, 2022.
The Hollywood Bowl Box Office opens for single ticket sales Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at 10AM.
Registration to apply for the free 101 Fest tickets opens May 10, 2022. There is a 4-ticket maximum per application.
Programs, artists, prices and dates are subject to change. Ticket limits may apply.