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LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl Courtesy: Hollywood Bowl/LACVB, PictureLA.com By: Hollywood Bowl
A world-famous amphitheater, many people don't realize that the Hollywood Bowl is actually the work of nature, not man. The word "bowl"comes from the natural landscape, not the proscenium that the musicians perform in. Earthquakes and erosion carved a bowl into Bolton Canyon, and in the early 20th century, some forward-looking people thought it would make a perfect hollow from which to introduce people to the world of fine art. The first audiences sat on simple wooden benches along the hillside while the Los Angeles Philharmonic played below. From those humble beginnings a great structure arose. There have been a number of bandshells erected on the site over the years; some of them lasting only months. Two were designed by the eldest son of Frank Lloyd Wright. The history of the bowl is documented in its own museum, which is free to the public. These days audiences waiting for a performance to begin are puzzled by the giant fiberglass spheres hanging near the stage. These were installed in 1980 to improve the bowl's already impressive acoustics.
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I was lucky enough to have performed in the Hollywood Bowl with my high school band. I must say it is quite an impressive venue. However, much of what makes it impressive is in fact the natural landscape it is built on. The vast seating area extends up into the hills, and the view of the surrounding landscape is simply incredible.
Mitch - Monday, April 11th, 2005 @ 8:18pm
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