Sunday, July 31, 2005


Tonight's "The Great American Concert: Great American Women" at the Hollywood Bowl lived up to its billing.

The show celebrated 300 concerts (in 15 years) by John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Mauceri has a great rapport with the audience that makes the music his orchestra performs very accessible.

The show tonight featured 3 terrific singers. First up was the preeminent dramatic soprano of our time -- Deborah Voight. She sang from three operas and "My Fair Lady."

Next was Dianne Reeves, a wonderful jazz vocalist who has won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for each of her last three recordings.

And finally, Broadway Legend Barbara Cook sang. She was the original "Marian the Librarian" in "The Music Man," and was considered "Broadway's favorite ingenue" during the heyday of the Broadway musical in the 1950s.

Great performances all around and the concert ending fireworks were pretty spectacular too!
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