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Tide Was Always HighThe Music of Latin America in Los Angeles$
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Josh Kun

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294394

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294394.001.0001

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A Century of Latin Music at the Hollywood Bowl

A Century of Latin Music at the Hollywood Bowl

(p.124) 5 A Century of Latin Music at the Hollywood Bowl
Tide Was Always High

Agustin Gurza

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the Hollywood Bowl, summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and one of the first institutions to support cultural diversity even before that term entered the popular lexicon. The Hollywood Bowl has had a long-running practice of sharing its prestigious stage with Latino artists working in a wide variety of musical genres, from classical to mariachi, romantic boleros to hard-driving salsa and Latin jazz. In 2009, there was much ado about the arrival of Gustavo Dudamel as the philharmonic's latest musical director. However, many of those cheering the move may not have been aware that more than half a century earlier, two Mexican classical composers and conductors—Eduardo Vigil and Carlos Chávez—had taken up the baton as guests of the Philharmonic, performing on separate occasions at the Hollywood Bowl during its first two decades.

Keywords:   Los Angeles, Latin American music, cultural diversity, Hollywood Bowl, Eduardo Vigil, Carlos Chávez, conductors

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