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A confusing but striking ‘Firebird’ comes to life at the Hollywood Bowl

A confusing but striking ‘Firebird’ comes to life at the Hollywood Bowl

It was an ambitious night at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday — probably too ambitious, but better that than not ambitious enough.

There hasn’t been much business as usual in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s season at the historic venue so far this summer. Thursday’s agenda would have been adventurous for most orchestras’ indoor seasons. In the great outdoors, it was remarkable.

The program featured the local premiere of a newly choreographed and re-imagined version of Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” directed by Janni Younge, formerly associated with the Handspring Puppet Company, the folks behind the puppetry in “War...

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