Listening to Music under the Stars at the Hollywood Bowl

Jan 02, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Los Angeles

I’ve wanted to complete Travelin’ Local’s Mulholland Drive’s Scenic Tour for a while now, so this weekend afforded me a stunningly clear day for this story’s backdrop. As you can plainly see, after visiting the other five major stops along the route, this last one was the best. The stunning view of Los Angeles highlighted with the Hollywood Bowl is in the center of the picture.

Hollywood Bowl circa 2010

Set against the natural surroundings of the Hollywood Hills, with the setting close to the Hollywood sign, the Hollywood Bowl is an outdoor stage like no other. With a seating capacity of over 17,000, the Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the USA, and is the home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the summer home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has for decades played host to thousands of musical events.

Originally opening in 1922 with makeshift wooden benches, combined and complemented within a natural concave setting, the Hollywood Bowl was the perfect location to intermingle with the nearby nestled hills. As with any venue, the Hollywood Bowl has gone through multiple transformations over the years.

Hollywood Bowl circa 1930s

The Hollywood Bowl pictured above, circa 1930s, is courtesy of Wikipedia.

Over the years, the Hollywood Bowl has featured a who’s who of the music world—including Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavarotti, Diana Ross & The Supremes, and countless others just as famous and beloved. Additionally, Fred Astaire, Nat "King" Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Elton John have all graced its stage.

To give you what an idea of a Hollywood Bowl event looks and sounds like, here’s a short video of a concert which was held in October 2009, featuring Gustavo Dudamel, the new conductor of the LA Phil, conducting Beethoven’s 9th Symphony:

In case you’re wondering, the Hollywood Bowl, since 1969 , provides a magnificent and breathtaking firework event several times a year. So whenever you come to Los Angeles, remember that the Hollywood Bowl is a once-in-a-lifetime place to spend an evening under the stars, and listening to fantastic music.

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4 Responses to “Listening to Music under the Stars at the Hollywood Bowl”

  1. Davina says:

    If I ever make it to LA I will be sure to visit the Hollywood Bowl. These are fantastic pictures; especially the first one. That sky is amazing!
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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @Davina, Thank you, Davina. It’s a very unique place.

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  2. Ebie says:

    I have been to the Hollywood Bowl for the Easter Sunrise Service and one concert, but I really wanted to be at this vantage view!
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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @Ebie, I don’t think you would have heard the music as well from this vantage point. :)

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