Yes, it’s only April, but now is the time to start planning your outdoor summer entertainment in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theater and the John Ford Ampitheater have all announced their 2009 season schedules.
The grande dame venue is, of course, the Bowl, and, as Jodi recently pointed out on Metblogs, until May 2nd when the Bowl box office opens and individual tickets go on sale, the best way to get in now is to buy a subscription to five or more performances, which also entitles you to two free tickets to an additional concert. The advantage to buying a subscription now is that Ticketmaster is not charging their usual exorbitant service charges, just a flat “5 or more processing fee” for all tickets purchased. It borders on actual decency; for what I ordered, it averaged $1.33 per ticket
Highlights, at least for me this season, include shows by Adele and Death Cab for Cutie, each with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra; an evening with Ray LaMontage and Jenny Lewis; a screening of Koyaanisqatsi, the wordless 1983 film (which was kind of the artsy An Inconvenient Truth of its day) with Philip Glass’s original soundtrack performed live by the LA Phil, The Philip Glass Ensemble (this will be Glass’s Bowl debut) and the Los Angeles Master Chorale; a performance of the three iconic jazz albums by Miles Davis and Gil Evans: Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain and Miles Ahead, with Terence Blanchard and Nicholas Payton; two evenings with Diana Krall and the LA Phil dipping into her fine, lush new album, Quiet Nights; the unstoppable Liza Minelli, who, considering her star power and preternatural ability to wow audiences, rarely plays venues as large as the Bowl– and who was one of several opening night performers last season, so it’s nice to see her get two nights all to herself; and Pink Martini, Portland’s “little orchestra” of lounge, samba, tango and beyond that they describe as perfect for everything from “background music of a love affair to vacuuming around the house.” Or a night at the Hollywood Bowl.
Photo: Fred George, courtesy of LA Phil.