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Classical Pick of the Week: Hollywood Bowl Celebrates Paramount's 100th Anniversary

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Happy birthday, Debussy (150) and Leonard Bernstein (94)! Since no one actually cares about Debussy and a birthday that isn't an -ary or -nial, there wasn't much fanfare (except on KUSC and a concert at the LACMA). There are a few tribute concerts sprinkled throughout next season though, so we'll celebrate accordingly.

Since we're a motion picture and television town, we're celebrating Paramount's 100th anniversary this week. There's a show at the Hollywood Bowl next Sunday at 7:30 PM hosted by Jason Alexander. Lots of big names are expected to attend, including special guest composers Alan Silvestri (Forest Gump, Back to the Future), Lalo Schifrin (Mission Impossible, Dirty Harry), and Michael Giacchino (Up, Star Trek, a lot of stuff with JJ Abrams). For more movie magic, John Williams is conducting some of his biggest hits this Friday and Saturday. Gil Shaham will be a guest performer for both concerts.

If you're sick of big Hollywood productions, come back next week. This week's Classical programming for the Hollywood Bowl is Carmina Burana, whose "O Fortuna" is probably the most widely recognized vocal work in pop culture alongside Verdi's Requiem. These are always crowd pleasers, so expect a busy crowd and buy tickets online. As usual, concerts are on Tuesday and Thursday.