In 1807, a 37-year-old scholar living in West Africa was captured and forced aboard a slave ship bound for Charleston, South Carolina. Omar Ibn Said's life and Muslim faith are remembered and retold in this inspirational West Coast premiere inspired by his remarkable 1831 autobiography (the only known surviving American slave narrative written in Arabic).
Set in the shifting darkness of memory and imagination, Omar follows his compelling journey from a peaceful life in his homeland to enslavement in a violent, foreign world. Lost in the wilderness of his thoughts and his stolen life, he's haunted by memories of his family and the people he encounters along the way. Through it all, he somehow remains true to himself and his faith, against all odds. The luminous score—composed by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels—incorporates distinctive West African traditions with traditional opera instrumentation.
Tenor Jamez McCorkle makes his company debut in the title role, with bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch in a double role as two very different slave masters. Norman Garrett makes his company debut as Omar's brother, with Barry Banks as the auctioneer and Jacqueline Echols as Julie, an enslaved woman who gives Omar the key to a better life.
Learn more about the creative process of Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels in this New York Times article.
Sung in English with English subtitles.
All Rise weaves together orchestra, choir, and jazz band into a massive jazz symphony. Marsalis reaches across musical styles—from African chant and New Orleans parade music to symphonic modernism—creating a blues suite that turns “destruction to creativity” and draws “joy out of tragedy.”
Wynton Marsalis leads one of jazz's sharpest and most versatile ensembles—a group whose sound The New York Times characterized as “big-band stompers, ballads, and percolating curios marked by his fondness for musical onomatopoeia.” This group can play everything, from Ellington to Monk to Corea and more. Together they’ve brought jazz’s senses of freedom, interplay, and connectedness—as well as its greatest compositions—seemingly everywhere, extending the lineage of what began at New Orleans’ Congo Square over 100 years ago to stages all around the world.
Hearing Mozart’s majestic music under the summer night sky is a prized Bowl tradition, especially with the effervescent Nicholas McGegan on the podium, plus the LA Phil’s own Principal Concertmaster!
You know a John Williams score the moment you hear it—and if you’re a fan of blockbusters, you’ve heard quite a few. Jaws, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones: He scored them all and so many more. On three nights at the Bowl, the LA Phil will perform some of his biggest movie hits, including selections performed with film clips. Join us as we celebrate the master of cinematic scores!
Beethoven’s towering Ninth—the composer’s revolutionary exaltation of equality and humanity—rings through the Hollywood hills, led by the Chief Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra with marvelous vocal soloists and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Isata Kanneh-Mason brings to life a rarely heard Piano Concerto by one of her musical heroines, Clara Schumann. Marta Gardolińska leads one of Dvořák’s greatest symphonies, his lyric and Bohemian Seventh.
The history of music in Black film is so rich, it demands a fourth tribute at the Hollywood Bowl. Following the first three wildly popular installations in 2014, 2016, and 2019, Black Movie Soundtrack returns for another evening of music, movies, and more! Grammy-winning musical director Marcus Miller returns to run the show, and comedian Craig Robinson will reprise his role as host.
Experience Miloš Forman’s multi-Academy Award®-winning phenomenon Amadeus (1984) while the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs live to picture the score made up of many of Mozart’s most celebrated works.
Pitchfork has designated Flying Lotus as an “icon of the past 25 years.” The Grammy-winning LA native is a producer, composer, rapper, filmmaker, and the founder of Brainfeeder Records. Three-time Grammy® nominees Hiatus Kaiyote build their laid-back electric soul out of grooving piano, Nai Palm’s smoky vocals, and perpetually shape-shifting rhythms. Both artists team up with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for a big night at the Bowl.
Joseph Young leads Carlos Simon’s Portrait of a Queen, which uses the orchestra and dramatic spoken word to trace Black history in America. Davóne Tines performs boldly re-imagined American classics and the evening closes with Copland’s quintessentially American score for Billy the Kid.
Experience two classics by the ultimate Russian Romantic including his breathtaking Second Concerto—performed by a pianist described as the “definition of virtuosity” by The Observer—as well as the lush Second Symphony.
Joshua Bell headlines one of the Bowl’s most treasured traditions, lending his star power to Tchaikovsky’s incomparable Violin Concerto. The excitement continues with the victorious 1812 Overture, performed with matching pyrotechnics.