An Elegant Christina Aguilera Wows with LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl

by Kevin Taft

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday July 21, 2021

Christina Aguilera and Gustavo Dudamel performing at the Hollywood Bowl
Christina Aguilera and Gustavo Dudamel performing at the Hollywood Bowl  (Source:Farah Sosa/LAPhil)

For the first time, vocal icon Christina Aguilera — arguably one of the best voices working in music today — performs at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic.
 
With Gustavo Dudamel conducting, Ms. Aguilera took a trip through her decades long catalogue of music to offer both rocking upbeat tracks and power-ballads. She was slick, playful, and rocked a number of different looks from over-the-top elegance, to leather-clad power.
 
Standing atop what looked like an iceberg sculpture, Aguilera opened her show with her gorgeous version of Etta James' "At Last." She then moved into her classic banger "Ain't No Other Man" as well as her first single, a soulful rendition of "Genie in a Bottle."
 
Despite her ability to nail every ballad she has ever recorded, Aguilera offered up a lot of her pop tracks including "Fighter," "Dirrty," "What a Girl Wants," and "Lady Marmalade."
 
She slowed things down for the Spanish ballad "Maria," "It's a Man's World," and most touchingly, "Say Something" which she performed with the song's original writer Ian Axel from "A Great Big World."
 
After a non-stop set where she proved herself to be an unstoppable force of grace and soul, Aguilera returned for one encore of her powerhouse hit "Beautiful" which put a lovely end to the relatively brief 75-minute show.
 
While she sometimes doesn't get enough credit for her impact on the music scene over the years, tonight she proved she will go down a legend.
 
The night opened with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the LA Phil through selection from "West Side Story," and Arturo Marquez' "Danzon No. 8."
 
"Christina Aguilera with the LA Phil" played the Hollywood Bowl July 16th and 17th. For information about upcoming events at the Hollywood Bowl, visit www.hollywoodbowl.org. 

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to 'Star Wars' and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg.