The INDICATION of summer in ever-sunny Southern California is that the music has moved outdoors. If the calendar doesn't agree, that's the calendar's problem. Case in point: Our summer starts when the Ojai Music Festival does, June 5 in Libbey Bowl. It ends when the Hollywood Bowl does, Sept. 27 -- no matter that Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra begins its fall season the same day and that Los Angeles Opera's fall season will already be 3 weeks old.
The big Bowl dominates, as always, and this year there is a lot to look forward to. Bramwell Tovey, a popular British conductor, has just been named the Los Angeles Philharmonic's principal guest conductor of the Bowl, and he leads things off with the premiere of his own "Urban Runway" and Orff's "Carmina Burana" (July 8).
But the really big stuff comes at the end of the Philharmonic's summer season, when Esa-Pekka Salonen will make his final appearance as the orchestra's music director at the Bowl in the biggest symphony of them all -- Mahler's Eighth, with hundreds of musicians and singers (hollywoodbowl.com, Sept. 9 and 11).
This is a good summer for Minimalists. Steve Reich will be a featured composer at the Ojai Music Festival, which this year is under the artistic direction of David Robertson (ojai festival.org, June 5-8). Meanwhile Philip Glass' Violin Concerto has finally been programmed at the Hollywood Bowl for the first time, with concertmaster Martin Chalifour as soloist (Aug. 12).