Ricky Martin and Gustavo Dudamel will celebrate 100 years of the Hollywood Bowl

Ricky Martin will offer two special concerts together with the Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Hollywood Bowl, one of the most emblematic concert venues in the United States.

The recitals of the Puerto Rican singer and the Venezuelan director, on July 22 and 23, will be part of the summer program of the well-known venue in Los Angeles, which will feature artists such as Billie Eilish, Debbie Harry, Duran Duran, Grace Jones, Diana Ross, and flying lotus.

After the difficulties imposed by the pandemic, the venue located in the Hollywood Hills will celebrate its first century of history, in which it has seen stars of the stature of The Beatles, Prince, The Doors, and Ella Fitzgerald perform.

“There really is no place like the Hollywood Bowl. Nothing can compare to the feeling of being there on a summer night,” Dudamel said.

The Venezuelan director will star in ten concerts at the head of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, including two nights that will honor composer Leonard Bernstein and two evenings with the Paris Opera Ballet, which has not performed in the United States with its full line-up since 2012.

As a finishing touch to this series of concerts, Dudamel will join Ricky Martin on two special nights in which the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform the most outstanding songs by the Puerto Rican.

Among the most surprising performances is the concert given on September 25 by Grace Jones, an icon of the 1980s, and Chvrches, one of the most important singers on today’s alternative scene.

Two months earlier, pop star Billie Eilish and former Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry will perform songs by Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra in a special recital on July 27.

To celebrate its proximity to the mecca of cinema, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will also play soundtracks to such films as “Harry Potter,” “Back to the Future” and “Amadeus.”

For their part, Chucho Valdés and The Gipsy Kings will add a Latin accent to the programming.

“The Hollywood Bowl is much more than the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. For a hundred years it has been a testimony to living music,” said the director of the space, Chad Smith.

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