Nights at the Hollywood Bowl practically define my summers in L.A, so I got really excited when I received a mailing the other day announcing their subscription series for 2009. The entire calendar is not published yet, but you can purchase various ticket packages for classical, jazz, world music, spectaculars (which often feature amazing fireworks, and special events. Becoming a subscriber has a lot of benefits such as early choice of seats, a discount at the Bowl Store, and advanced sales for other shows. If you place an order by March 2nd, you also get a free bottle of wine.
I actually wait until individual tickets go on sale, which starts in March if buying for 5 or more shows. Otherwise, you have to wait until May 2nd and line up with hundreds of other people at the box office, which can be a fairly miserable experience. Since I do attend a fair number of the concerts, I get the cheapest seats still available. I’ve never seen the venue sold out for a week night classical show, so it’s easy to move down two or three sections closer to the stage.
Principle Guest Conductor Thomas Wilkins will be making seven appearances during the 2009 season. While I still miss John Mauceri terribly, Wilkins is pretty awesome. Like Mauceri, he is down to earth and connects with the audience. Snarky British conductor Bramwell Tovey also returns to lead the orchestra for six performances.
I always look forward to Opening Night, 4th of July, John Williams, and the Tchaikovsky Spectacular with fireworks and the USC Trojan Marching Band. Some of the special events, especially Death Cab for Cutie performing with the L.A. Philharmonic, look pretty great too. There really is a lot of variety so you can choose what suits your taste. If you’ve never been, go at least once and see if you get hooked like I did.
More details and information available on the Hollywood Bowl website.