Los Angeles Philharmonic to stream “Sound/Stage” performances from Hollywood Bowl

Posted on: August 26, 2020

“The LA Phil said Friday it is launching a streaming series called ‘Sound/Stage’ filmed at the Hollywood Bowl during its unprecedented COVID-19 closures,” writes Deborah Vankin in Friday’s (8/21) in Los Angeles Times. “The new concert films will appear online for free … starting Sept. 25. Nine concerts were recorded on the Hollywood Bowl stage over two weeks in July and August. The series is possible … because the stage is about 5,700 square feet … and completely outdoors, but for the partial cover of the shell…. The LA Phil was in the midst of its Power to the People! Festival … when the pandemic shut it down. ‘Sound/Stage’ is, in a sense, a digital extension of the festival, a way … to keep the conversation about social justice going … CEO Chad Smith said…. The nine presentations [include] jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington and the L.A. psychedelic-soul band Chicano Batman … R&B singer Andra Day performing the protest anthem ‘Rise Up’ and the orchestra performing Jessie Montgomery’s ‘Banner’ as well as William Grant Still’s ‘Sorrow’ from Still’s Symphony No. 1, ‘Afro-American.’ Washington will perform music from the Netflix documentary ‘Becoming’ … which is based on a memoir by former First Lady Michelle Obama.”