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Hollywood Bowl
In July 11, 1922, with the audience seated on simple wooden benches placed on the natural hillsides of Bolton Canyon, conductor Alfred Hertz and the Los Angeles Philharmonic inaugurated the first season of music under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl.In 1926 Myron Hunt, famed for his design of another Southern California landmark -- the Rose Bowl in Pasadena -- designed the balloon-shaped seating area that seems to rise from the stage and embrace the hillside. Enlisting some of the most talented architects and designers in Los Angeles, the Bowl's music shell would see four incarnations between 1926 and 1929. Lloyd Wright, the oldest son of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed two of these shells for the Bowl in 1927 and 1928 , the second of which (pictured above) provided the inspiration for the current shell. In 1980, the internationally-renowned Los Angeles architect Frank Gehry created the fiberglass spheres that hang from the Bowl's shell to enhance the acoustics."