Hollywood: Hollywood Bowl
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a current seating capacity of just under 18,000,
the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922,
and, in 1991 gave its name to a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Of course, it is the incomparable performances that have truly made the Hollywood Bowl's history unique.
Legendary artists have appeared at the Bowl throughout the years: Sinatra, Pavarotti,Streisand, Stravinsky, Heifetz.
So have F.D.R., The Beatles, Mickey Rooney, and Edward G. Robinson, as well as such renowned 'teams' as Fonteyn and Nureyev,
Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, Simon and Garfunkel, and Abbott and Costello. Baryshnikov has danced there, as has Fred Astaire.
Garth Brooks, Nat "King" Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Elton John, Al Jolson, and Judy Garland have headlined star-studded shows at
the Bowl, but the all-time attendance record of 26,410 paid admissions was set on August 7, 1936, for a performance by the diminutive French opera star, Lily Pons.
From July-Sept., the Bowl presents concerts by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and top jazz and pop artists.