This week at the Hollywood Bowl strings together a list of classics, from the surging romance of Rachmaninoff; to an evening of All-Beethoven; to a shared bill by British singer-songwriter David Gray and Philadelphia-born Amos Lee, each performing his own distinctive set, both with the LA Phil orchestra and solo. David LeFevre, chef and owner of Manhattan Beach Post, Fishing with Dynamite and The Arthur J — his new South Bay steakhouse — is no stranger to classical music.
“If I’m in the kitchen, I love to listen to the soundtrack to Big Night…but really, I listen to everything. I’m lucky to have been trained in classical music when I was a child and my sister is a professional musician so I have a love of all music. I love the Hollywood Bowl! It is such a beautiful, iconic Los Angeles venue and whether you are seeing the LA Phil, the Rolling Stones, or Jimmy Cliff, it always sounds great!” — David LeFevre
- Large shrimp 16/20 – 4 each, cooked
- ¼ cup cocktail sauce – see recipe
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped dill
- Fleur de sel, to taste
- Season shrimp in a large bowl with dill, olive oil and sea salt.
- Serve with cocktail sauce for dipping.
- 2 ¼ cups ketchup
- ½ cup grated fresh horseradish
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Tabasco
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Quinoa salad blend – see recipe
- Sumac aioli – see recipe
- 1 tablespoon chopped toasted cashews
- ¼ cup grilled asparagus, peeled, grilled and marinated with olive oil, lemon zest and salt
Top salad blend with asparagus, cashews, dollop sumac aioli and finish with lemon juice just before serving.
- 3 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
- ¼ cup diced and seeded cucumber
- 2 tablespoons chopped capers
- 2 tablespoons brunoised red onion
- ½ cup chopped arugula
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
- ⅛ cup olive oil
- ⅛ cup chopped parsley
- ⅛ cup chopped mint
- ½ lemon, zested
- ¼ cup diced dried apricots
Gently toss all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Using a mortar and pestle, pound the herbs into a paste (you may have to do this in batches).
- Work in some of the olive oil, and transfer the mixture to a bowl.
- Pound the garlic and anchovy, and add them to the herbs.
- Gently pound the capers until they’re partially crushed, and add them to the herbs.
- Stir in the remaining oil, a pinch of black pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice.
- Taste for balance and seasoning.
- 4 cups mayonnaise
- ¼ teaspoon sumac
- Juice from one lemon
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Reserve and refrigerate remaining aioli for future use.
- ¼ cup Graham Cracker crumble –see recipe
- ⅕ cup key lime filling –see recipe
- ¼ cup meringue – see recipe
- Lime zest to taste
- Pipe key lime filling in small cups filling to ¾ mark.
- Pipe meringue on top and burn with a kitchen torch until golden brown.
- Top with graham crust and lime zest.
GRAHAM CRAKER CRUST
- 1 ½ ounces melted butter
- 1 ¼ ounces sugar
- 2 oz Graham Cracker crumbs
- Crush graham crackers into powder.
- Combine all ingredients and bake until golden brown.
- Cool and crumble.
KEY LIME FILLING
- 3 cups key lime juice
- 3 ¾ cups sugar
- 4 cups eggs
- 6 cups butter
- Whip eggs with sugar until it forms a ribbon.
- Heat key lime juice and temper with egg and sugar mixture.
- Re-heat together in a pot over the stove until warm.
- Whisk in cubed butter until smooth.
- Allow to cool, then place into piping bags.
- 14 ounces egg whites
- 3 ½ cups sugar
- Whip egg whites with sugar until it forms firm peaks.
- Place in piping bag.
Hollywood Bowl Programming
June 30-July 4
The soaring and surging romance of Rachmaninoff’s melody-rich music makes for ideal listening under the stars. This glittering program showcases some of the composer’s most beloved works.
Tuesday, July 14 at 8 PM
American rock legend and chart-topper John Fogerty’s roots-rock is steeped in blues and gospel traditions. Fogerty celebrates that momentous year, plus his catalog of all-time hits.
Wednesday, July 15 at 8 PM
The effusive Bramwell Tovey leads this evening of Beethoven favorites, including the Violin Concerto with the LA Phil’s gifted Principal Concertmaster taking the spotlight.
David Gray | Amos Lee
British singer-songwriter David Gray and Philadelphia-born Amos Lee share a magical bill, each performing his own distinctive sets, with and without the orchestra. Gray celebrates over 20 years of hit-making music and millions of records sold, showcasing his polished vocals and earnest acoustic-based pop. Lee’s warm, earthy and laid-back style is highlighted in hits and has earned him the attention of not only the press and music fans, but also of his fellow artists.
Cirque Musica takes audiences on a journey of spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism, featuring glorious orchestral music performed live in artistic partnership with the greatest circus performers from around the world. Don’t miss this edge-of-your-seat experience where you will be awed by beauty, thrills, and majesty.
Sunday, July 19 at 7:30 PM