Join Us for a Summer Series at the Hollywood Bowl

Since its opening in 1922, the Hollywood Bowl has been the premier destination for live music in Southern California, hosting everyone from Billie Holiday to The Beatles to Yo-Yo Ma under the iconic silhouette of its concentric-arched band shell. Join Classical KUSC and the LA Phil for 7 nights of great musical performances, under the stars! Learn more about each performance below.
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Dudamel and Paris Opera BalletWED, JULY 20 – 8:00PM
About this Performance: Recently appointed Music Director of the Paris Opera, Dudamel invites some of his new colleagues to make their Bowl debuts for an evening of highlights from some of the most beautiful and memorable ballets. Featuring glorious accompaniments by Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic—and solo keyboard courtesy of the indomitable Jean-Yves Thibaudet—preeminent dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet perform exquisite solos, duets, and ensembles for an evening of terpsichorean delight. Learn more and get your tickets here!
Photo by Jiyang Chen
Carmina Burana with DudamelTHU, JULY 28 – 8:00PM
About this Performance:From its epic “O Fortuna” opening—featured in countless movie trailers—Carl Orff’s masterpiece for vocal soloists, choruses, and full orchestra sweeps you into another world of ancient drinking songs and love ballads, featuring humor, sadness, resignation, and ribaldry. Beloved since its premiere, Carmina Burana (“Songs of Beuren”) repeats highly catchy tunes with brilliant orchestration that make them irresistible. Learn more and get your tickets here!

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The Splendor of Saint-Saëns
THU, AUG 4 – 8:00PM
About this Performance:Enjoy an evening of Saint-Saëns’ highly melodic music, from the passionate First Cello Concerto featuring Pablo Ferrández to the powerful majesty of his memorable “Organ” Symphony. Learn more and get your tickets here!
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ScheherazadeTHU, AUG 11 – 8:00PM
About this Performance:Dynamic conductor Lina González-Granados—“an artist of considerable rhythmic vitality and alertness” (San Francisco Chronicle)—elicits the striking storytelling drama of Rimsky Korsakov’s colorful Scheherazade. Opening the evening is Nina Shekhar’s musical exploration of light and dark as well as Paganini’s showpiece for viola performed by the LA Phil’s Principal Teng Li. Learn more and get your tickets here!
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All-AmericanTHU, AUG 18 – 8:00PM
About this Performance: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. Learn more and get your tickets here!
Photo Credit – Nikolaj Lund
Beethoven’s NinthTHU, SEPT 1 – 8PM
About this Performance: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. Learn more and get your tickets here!
Photo Credit – Lisa Marie Mazzucco
Itzhak Perlman leads TchaikovskyTHU, SEP 13 – 8:00PM
About this Performance:The beloved violin icon returns to perform Bach’s dynamic double concerto with Randall Goosby. Plus, enjoy an opportunity to see Perlman conduct when he leads Tchaikovsky’s passionate Fourth Symphony. Learn more and get your tickets here!

KUSC Staff
Classical KUSC, located in the USC building in downtown Los Angeles, broadcasts hand-picked commercial-free classical performances, expert music commentary and coverage of the arts in Southern California. The listener-supported station has been broadcasting for more than 60 years as a broadcast service of the University of Southern California at 91.5(FM) in Los Angeles and Santa Clarita, 88.5 KPSC in Palm Springs, 91.1 KDSC in Thousand Oaks, 93.7 KDB in Santa Barbara and 99.7 KESC in Morro Bay/San Luis Obispo. It is live-streamed at, attracting listeners from around the globe.