Second orchestra to reside at Hollywood Bowl


LOS ANGELES -- When the Hollywood Bowl begins its 1991 season, in early July, it will be home to not one but two full-fledged symphony orchestras.

The formation of a second orchestra, to supplement the activities of the entrenched Los Angeles Philharmonic, was announced by Philharmonic executive director Ernest Fleischmann at a press conference last week on the Bowl stage.

To be known as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and with the renowned American conductor John Mauceri (pronounced "mow-CHAY-ree") in charge, the new ensemble will be recruited from the ranks of local free-lance musicians, of whom Los Angeles is liberally supplied. Already, at least three orchestras in the area -- the Pasadena, Glendale and Long Beach symphonies -- draw upon this talent pool.

The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will play five pairs of weekend concerts in its first season. These programs, which usually have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, are made up of lighter fare than the Tuesday and Thursday symphonic concerts and attract capacity audiences to the 17,900-seat outdoor gathering place.

The new orchestra, which will be formed in the next few weeks, will start life under favorable auspices -- "most unusual," Mr. Fleischmann noted, "at a time when many symphony orchestras in this country are dying from lack of support."

Even before its formation, the orchestra already has a recording contract with Philips, which calls for 15 compact discs in the next five years, with recording sessions scheduled to start in February. The orchestra also has booked its first international tour, scheduled to start in Osaka, Japan, on Dec. 31, 1991.

"The idea is not to relieve the Philharmonic of its duties, but to allow that orchestra more time to rehearse," Mr. Fleischmann said.

The appointment of Mr. Mauceri gives the Bowl its first resident conductor since Leopold Stokowski held that post in 1945. Currently music director of the Scottish Opera (the former headquarters, as well, of Music Center Opera general director Peter Hemmings), Mr. Mauceri made his major orchestral debut in 1974, replacing Josef Krips with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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