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Catherine Parsons Smith

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520251397

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520251397.001.0001

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Founding the Hollywood Bowl

Founding the Hollywood Bowl

(p.132) 10 Founding the Hollywood Bowl
Making Music in Los Angeles

Catherine Parsons Smith

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the founding of the Hollywood Bowl, which has been considered as the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and shows that its success represents the end of a number of efforts in Los Angeles to form its own regional version of American high culture. It states that there were some organizational conflicts which led to the establishment of the Bowl, and notes that these reveal a lot about the interests which have developed around the making of concert music in the city. The chapter studies the early years of the Hollywood Bowl, its period of inactivity, and its eventual revival in the 1920s.

Keywords:   Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, Philharmonic Orchestra, American high culture, organizational conflicts, concert music

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