The concert will commence with Crown Imperial, a spirited march composed by William Walton originally for the coronation of King Edward VIII, but ultimately performed for the coronation of his brother George VI after Edward’s abdication.
Another English piece, the Cello Concerto, Elgar’s first full-scale orchestral piece he completed, brims with dark moodiness, indicative of the austere times in Britain after World War I, when societal roles were shifting rapidly. The idyllic Edwardian era had come to a close, and modernity trampled on the traditional English way of life. Yet despite its melancholy tone, it finishes with a lighter note, a glimmer of hope for the future.
Two of Debussy’s piano pieces, Sarabande and Danse, were later arranged by Ravel for orchestra, and the final piece, La Mer, is a three-movement work by Debussy expressing his impressions of the sea. The entire concert will be performed by Yo Yo Ma and the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Slatkin.
The Hollywood Bowl has been Los Angeles’ premier concert venue since 1921, showcasing performances by not only the Philharmonic, but opera, dance and pop and rock shows. When The Beatles performed in 1965, tickets for the concert sold out in just three-and-a-half hours.