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2012 Hollywood Bowl Season Announced: Dudamel, Manilow, Hot Chip, Passion Pit, Minnelli & More

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Vintage Hollywood Bowl postcard (Image courtesy Hollywood Bowl/Used with permission)
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Angelenos, your summer is about to sizzle thanks to the pretty stellar lineup of musical acts and tributes planned for the 2012 Hollywood Bowl season. Though there were some sneak peeks shared yesterday, the full season was announced today, and fans of picnicking under the stars while watching premiere classical, jazz, Broadway, R&B, and rock music will likely be pretty delighted.

The season structure remains the same, with weekend spectaculars (many with fireworks), Tuesday/Thursday classical nights, Wednesday jazz performances, and Sunday world and alternative music. The Los Angeles Philharmonic's world-renown conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, is set to make a series of appearances for "six performances that feature today’s most revered soloists, and Americas and Americans - a new edition of the boundary-breaking festival first presented during his inaugural 2009/10 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall that embodies his vision of one American culture and unity across continent," notes the Bowl in their official release.

Of the Americas and Americans programs, Dudamel says: “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.”

The weekends will include a full staging of "The Producers," Smokey Robinson, Pixar in Concert, Norah Jones, Liza Minnelli, John Williams, Diana Krall, and the Brian Setzer Orchestra--they'll close out the season with a bang. Oh, and PS, for this year's Fourth of July shindig (always a popular event) they've got none other than Mr. Copacabana himself, Barry Manilow (Take your mom!). Jazz evenings include tributes to Miles Davis and Ray Charles, a Blues night with B.B. King, Anita Baker in concert, and more. For alternative and rock music lovers, Sunday nights include appearances by Ben Harper, Ziggy Marley, Hot Chip, Passion Pit, Animal Collective, and many more--plus several still to be announced--as part of KCRW's annual World Festival series.

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Other special evenings will include the beloved "Grease" and "Sound of Music" sing-a-long nights, an appearance by Placido Domingo, and a tribute to Paramount Pictures' 100th anniversary. Guys, it's a big, big summer at the Bowl this year!

But here's what you probably really want to know: When do tickets go on sale? Here you go:

The Hollywood Bowl Box Office opens for single ticket sales ($1 - $328) on Saturday, May 5, 2012. From May 5 through May 13, the box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The box office is closed on Monday, May 14. Beginning May 15, summer hours are Tuesday - Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Subscribers enjoy the benefits of priority seating, special discounts, purchasing tickets before the general public, and many others. Purchase five or more concerts and receive benefits (on sale March 13) which include priority seating and free tickets to a sixth concert for select performances. Groups of 10 or more can receive a 20% discount on single ticket prices on select concerts. Call 323.850.2050 for details on group purchases.