Gustavo Dudamel Presents AMERICAS AND AMERICANS Hollywood Bowl Festival, 8/14-19

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Inspired by the 2009/10 inaugural Americas and Americans festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Music Director Gustavo Dudamel presides over a new edition of the Americas and Americans festival at the Hollywood Bowl from Tuesday, August 14, 2012 to Sunday, August 19, 2012. In keeping with his long-standing belief that barriers can be broken through art, Americas and Americans brings to life Dudamel's global vision of a multi-cultural community unified by music.

"This festival is one that is meant to link us as a people so that borders dissolve, and we find those common threads and musical moments which unite North and South America as one. This is our music," says Dudamel.

The program for the Americas and Americans festival is as follows:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at 8pm

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Juan Luis Guerra

MONCAYO Huapango

MÁRQUEZ Danzón No. 2

PIAZZOLLA La muerte del Ángel

VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4: Prelude

ABREU Tico-Tico

Juan Luis Guerra, who popularized the bachata and merengue genres from the Dominican Republic, is not only a successful musician who has accumulated countless awards from the Grammys, Billboard Awards and the Latin Billboard Awards, but he is also the Billboard Magazine Spirit of Hope award recipient for his untiring social and philanthropic efforts.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at 8pm

Rubén Blades
Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra

Iconic Panamanian singer-actor-politician Ruben Blades makes his only West Coast appearance at the Hollywood Bowl performing with Puerto Rican pianist Eddie Palmieri and his Salsa Orchestra. He will be sharing the stage with Palmieri for the first time ever in North America.

Nine-time Grammy Award winner and Latin music icon Eddie Palmieri was recently distinguished as a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, the nation's highest honor in Jazz. He joins the ranks of musical legends who have made major contributions to jazz, such as MiLes Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and George Benson.

Thursday, August 16, 2012, at 8pm

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Sergio Tiempo, piano

NÚÑEZ Toccata Sinfónica No. 1

GINASTERA Piano Concerto No. 1

COPLAND Symphony No. 3

Making his professional debut at 14 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Sergio Tiempo has developed a reputation as one of the most individual and thought-provoking pianists of his generation. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, he performs regularly with fellow-countryman and friend Gustavo Dudamel including concerts with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra.

Friday, August 17, 2012, at 8pm (fireworks)

Saturday, August 18, 2012, at 8pm (fireworks)

Juanes with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
YOLA at EXPO Chamber Orchestra
Bruce Kiesling, conductor

Since becoming the leading all-Spanish language music artist in the world, the 17-time Latin Grammy winner Juanes has made a global impact with his blend of rock en español and traditional Latin American rhythms, as well as with his commitment to social change through music.

The YOLA at EXPO Chamber Orchestra is comprised of students who represent YOLA's most technically advanced musicians and the program's exemplary peer leaders. Their performance with Juanes will mark the fourth time that a YOLA ensemble has performed at the Bowl.

Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 7:30pm

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Plácido Domingo, tenor
Ana María Martínez, soprano

Hailed as the "King of Opera," Placido Domingo has sung 124 different roles which is more than any other tenor in the annals of music. He sings in every important opera house in the world and has made an unparalleled number of recordings, of which 101 are full-length operas, often recording the same role more than once, and for which he has earned nine Grammys and two Grammys in the newly established Latin Division. Domingo currently serves as the Broad General Director for the Los Angeles Opera. Just announced as an addition to the program is soprano Ana María Martínez, who will perform solo selections and join Domingo in duets.

For more information about the festival, visit http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/festival-americas.cfm.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres – orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop – at two of L.A.'s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall (www.laphil.com) and the Hollywood Bowl (www.hollywoodbowl.com). The LA Phil's season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from October through May, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.

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