Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2012 With Reba McEntire and Chaka Khan

Reba McEntire and Chaka Khan Inducted Into Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame at Opening Night Benefit for LA Phil with Patrons Teri Hatcher, Matthew Rhys and Others Enjoying Festivities


In celebration of Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl, Reba McEntire and Chaka Khan were inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. The double-female induction was a first for the Bowl, said host Julie Andrews, who began the evening by reeling off names of the illustrious women who have performed under the stars at the classic Los Angeles venue.

As their photos appeared on screens flanking the stage, Andrews named Ethel Merman, Marian Anderson, Judy Garland, Beverly Sills, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Carol Burnett, Patti LuPone and opera singer, Lily Pons, who – after 75 years – still holds the record for packing in a crowd, in her case, more than 26,000 people in one night.

The Hollywood Bowl tradition, of course, also includes dinner before the show and for patrons in boxes on Opening Night, tables were set with a spray of fuchsia orchids.  As a benefit for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, many enjoyed a VIP reception on the Hollywood Bowl Museum Patio as well. 

“Some people buy clothes,” said Teri Hatcher of “Desperate Housewives. “I buy box seats at the Hollywood Bowl.”  As she dined with noted voice coach Eric Vetro and other friends in a Garden Circle Box, Hatcher smiled as she reminisced about her many happy Hollywood Bowl experiences. They included a Rolling Stones concert from a row way back in the stands, as well as a Tony Bennett concert, where she had the pleasure of going backstage to introduce her mother backstage to the legendary crooner.

“I tell people if they can only do one thing in Los Angeles, they have to go to the Hollywood Bowl,” she said.

Matthew Rhys of “Brothers and Sisters,” another Hollywood Bowl regular, said he comes to the Hollywood Bowl as often as he can. “I go to all the John Williams concerts,” he said.

Sharing a box with LA Phil president Deborah Borda, LA Phil board chair David Bohnett said Julie Andrews had joined the LA Phil board and become an active member. She had a particular interest, he said, in the education programs, which would benefit from Opening Night. 

And later that evening, just as McEntire and Khan did, the YOLA at HOLA Wind Ensemble performed with principal guest conductor Thomas Wilkins and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. YOLA is the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles; HOLA is the afterschool orchestra, Heart of Los Angeles. LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel introduced the group via videotape. 

Before McEntire took the stage, Lily Tomlin also sent a message via videotape, recalling McEntire’s words that to succeed in life, one needs a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. Tomlin is McEntire’s co-star in the upcoming television series “Malibu Country.”

Melissa Peterman, McEntire’s co-star in a previous television series, “Reba,” made the official introduction before the country superstar appeared onstage in a stunning bejeweled and backless gown. She then sang songs from her Broadway show, “Annie Get Your Gun,” her Carnegie Hall concert, “South Pacific,” her TV show, “Reba,” and a Bobbie Gentry classic, “Fancy.”

“American Idol” judge Randy Jackson introduced Khan, calling her the “Queen of Funk,” and taking note of her achievements, which include ten Grammy Awards.  A dancer then somersaulted onto the stage and Khan began belting out her hits, backed by seven extraordinary dancers. 

Khan sang “Through the Fire,” “Tell Me Something Good,” “Ain’t Nobody,” “I Know You I Live You,” “Earth Song,” and the Rogers and Hart classic “My Funny Valentine.” 

As a fitting finale to a night featuring two female inductees and an iconic female host, Khan wrapped up with “I’m Every Woman,” as fireworks lit the skies.

Both McEntire and Khan donated their performances so that Opening Night proceeds from ticket sales and a Wells Fargo sponsorship topped $1 million for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s music education programs. The Candy Factory provided intermission chocolates and Patina catered the dinner.

Sandy and Barry Pressman, Barbara and Jay Rasulo, Jonathan Weedman and Raymundo Baltazar and Melanie and Josh Kaplan comprised the Opening Night committee. Officials in attendance included County Supervisors Gloria Molina, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Chief Executive Officer William Fujioka, California Assemblyman Mike Davis and Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge.

Patrons also included, among many others, LA Phil president  Deborah Borda, LA Phil  COO Arvind Manocha, Hammer Museum director Annie Philbin,  Mark Rios, architect of the Grand Avenue Park, Zoltan Pali and Judy Fekete-Pali of SPF Architects, Carolyn and Bill Powers, Teran and Bill Davis, Shadi and Jeff Lang, Linda Kaplan with Charles Kaplan, Natalia Benshaw and Amanda Daniels, Ada and Jim Horwich, Linda May and Jack Suzar, Jane Glassman and Louis Stern, Katharine “Kat” Kramer and Karen Sharpe Kramer, Brian Moller and Ris Nguyen, Alyce Williamson with Robin Williamson,Carolyn Williamson, Heather Hedges, Roberta Huntley and Liz Algermissen, Marilyn Ziering with Howard Walter, Roseanne Ziering and Pam Soloman, Lisa Kirk Colburn and Ginny Mancini. 

Photos: Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2012 With Reba McEntire and Chaka Khan

Top photo: Voice coach Eric Vetro and Teri Hatcher of “Desperate Housewives” enjoy dinner before the gala Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2012 with Reba McEntire and Chaka Khan

Second photo: Matthew Rhys of “Brothers & Sisters” at the gala Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2012 with Reba McEntire and Chaka Khan

Third photo: Honoree Reba McEntire at Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2012 where she became a member of the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame

Fourth photo: Honoree Chaka Khan and her dancers at the Hollywood Bowl Opening Night benefit for the LA Phil, where she was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame (photo: Greg Grundt/ Mathew Imaging)

Fifth photo: from left, honoree Reba McEntire, conductor Thomas Wilkins and host Julie Andrews backstage at the Hollywood Bowl Opening Night benefit for the LA Phil (photo: Craig Mathew/ Mathew Imaging) 



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Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2012 With Reba McEntire and Chaka Khan

Published June 23, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA