Last night I fulfilled one of my earliest LA fantasies. (No, not that one.)
Anthony and I finally made it to the Hollywood Bowl! As a music fan (whose daily commute for months included Bowl traffic) I was always so jealous of the show-goers streaming into the gates, carrying their picnics and wine. At last, I satisfied my curiosity and we were treated to an amazing show and a spectacular LA night.
For Anthony’s birthday, I got us Bowl tickets to see the LA Philharmonic. But not just any LA Phil show – this was the orchestra playing the score from Planet Earth – and conducted by its composer, George Fenton.
(We love Planet Earth so much that we unknowingly bought each other a copy for Christmas last year. It was like Gift of the Dimwitted Magi.)
Along with the music, we got to see clips of Planet Earth projected in HD on a giant screen suspended from the top of the Bowl. Last night actually was the first-ever HD show at the Bowl, Fenton told us.
It would have been an experience on its own, just being inside. The laid-back crowd, everyone doing the Bowl tradition of spreading out and chowing down before the show, the clinking of wine glasses, the unbelievable sounds of the LA Phil bouncing off the seats and the stars…
Add in a gigantic TV screen with sharks and alligators and baby ducks and it was pretty much a little slice of heaven.