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    Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     lindsaytaub shot these twilight images of opening night at the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on June 22. 'I was compelled to take the photo to remember the moment, and because the Bowl looked so beautiful with the red, white, and blue lighting,' she says.
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    For many Los Angeles locals, the unofficial start to summer is marked by opening night at the Hollywood Bowl. Each summer, the Bowl features an array of music from every genre, as Angelenos head for the Hollywood Hills to picnic and enjoy music under the stars.


    The 2013 season officially opened this past Saturday, June 22 with a night that featured new inductees to the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, culminated in a fireworks show synchronized to music, as only the Bowl can do.


    The evening opened with patriotic flare, as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra led by conductor Thomas Wilkins, performed the national anthem before a backdrop of red, white, and blue.


    Actress Angela Bassett hosted the evening, followed by presenter Arsenio Hall, who introduced inductee Patty Austin, who took a cue from the evening’s super moon, to sing the jazz classic, along with the hopeful, inspirational favorite “Lean on Me,” among other fan favorites.


    Stevie Wonder – the legend himself – brought the crowd to their feet in introducing the second inductee, John Legend, and received a standing ovation following a duet to Legend’s “Ordinary People.” Legend also performed his moving cover to “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Again,” and “All of Me,” from his new record, expected to be released in September.


    Following a brief intermission, Peter Fonda gave a spirited introduction of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry as the third and final inductees to the Hall of Fame. They performed a handful of their most popular songs, including “Love in an Elevator,” “Cryin’,” “Dream On” and “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.” The fireworks spectacular was synchronized to their epic “Walk this Way,” as the other inductees for the night joined them on stage for a final performance under the supermoon.


    Proceeds from the event went to the LA Philharmonic and its education programs, which help more than 120,000 children, teachers and adults every year. Notably, each inductee took a moment to express the importance of youth music education, at a time when many school programs have cut funding for the arts.


    The Hollywood Bowl’s 2013 season runs through the end of September, though leased events including John Mayer and Lionel Richie will be held throughout October. Visit hollywoodbowl.com for a full calendar of events.

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