The Event: Iconic rock band Journey launched the Hollywood Bowl's 2015 summer season Saturday with a concert of the band's hits, accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Choir and, for the first three numbers, YOLA, the Youth Orchestra LA.
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The program: Conductor Thomas Wilkins led the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in a fanfare, as video clips breezed through previous opening nights, featuring Kristin Chenoweth, John Legend, Aerosmith’s
Journey, consisting of Neal Schon, Ross Valory, Arnel Pineda and Jonathan Cain, performed a full set of the band's most popular songs, with Omar Hakim filling in for Deen Castronovo on drums. As a finale, as fireworks lit the sky, the band played their anthem "Don't Stop Believin.' "
The crowd: Teena Hostovich and Doug Martinet served as gala chairs, and Jonathan Weedman and Raymundo Baltazar, as sponsorship chairs. The audience included Disney Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo, former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, TV personalities Wendy Burch and Michaele Schon, Merle Dandridge of the Bowl's upcoming "Spamalot," actors John Savage and Anne Jeffreys, L.A. City Council member Mitch O'Farrell, LA Phil supporters Connie Gavin and former U.S. Ambassador John Gavin, Sandy and Barry Pressman, Sutton and Christian Stracke, Linda May and Jack Suzar, Lynn Booth, Lynda Oschin, Marilyn Ziering, board chair Diane Paul and executive director Gail Samuel.
The numbers: This year's proceeds came from 1,500 patrons in boxes ranging from $2,300 to $15,750. "You collectively have raised more money for music education than at any of our previous opening night concerts," Wilkins said.