Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (HBO) is a symphony
orchestra which is managed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
and plays the vast majority of its performances at the Hollywood Bowl.
John Mauceri led the orchestra from its founding in
1990 until he stepped down after the 2006 Hollywood Bowl season. During
this time, his titles included Conductor, Principal Conductor, and
finally, Director. He now holds the title of Founding Director.
No replacement for Mauceri has yet been named;
however, in March 2008, Thomas Wilkins was named Principal Guest
Conductor of the orchestra for a two year contract beginning in Summer
Musicians and cross-over with other orchestrasThe
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra has 80-100 players drawn from the large pool of
world-class freelance musicians in the Southern California area, many of
whom perform regularly with movie studios, regional orchestras, and
other entertainment-related organizations.
There is no cross-over between the Hollywood Bowl
Orchestra musicians and the regular roster of the Los Angeles
Philharmonic. This is in notable contrast to the Boston Pops Orchestra
which draws its players directly from the Boston Symphony (i.e. the
Boston Symphony without its principal players), or the Cincinnati Pops
Orchestra which is simply the Cincinnati Symphony playing under a
Since 1922 orchestras performed regularly at the bowl,
primarily drawn from the Los Angeles area. In 1927 a "Hollywood Bowl
Orchestra" was established under conductor Eugene Goossens. The
orchestra made a series of recordings for Victor in 1928 issued as
"Symphonies under the Stars" notable for being recorded in the open air.
Stokowski's orchestraThe first incarnation of a
permanent orchestra was in 1945 as the "Hollywood Bowl Symphony
Orchestra" under the direction of Leopold Stokowski. They had a number
of recordings under Stokowski plus others under different conductors,
Music of George Gershwin with Felix Slatkin conducting
and Leonard Pennario piano soloist
Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Vladimir
Horowitz as soloist and William Steinberg conducting
However, after only two seasons, the orchestra was
disbanded, and all the summer orchestral concerts at the
Hollywood Bowl were subsequently performed by the Los
However, another incarnation of the Hollywood Bowl
Symphony Orchestra continued into the 1950s and '60s, led by such
conductors and Slatkin, Miklós Rózsa, Carmen Dragon, and Alfred Newman,
and made numerous recordings for Capitol Records.
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