The Los Angeles Philharmonic seems to know that in order to draw younger crowds to classical events, it often helps to bring out the celebrities. For its upcoming live broadcast to cinemas, the L.A. Phil has hired actor Orlando Bloom — best known for playing the elf Legolas in “The Lord of the Rings” movies — to perform selections from “Romeo and Juliet” in a concert series of Tchaikovsky’s Shakespeare–inspired music.
Also on board is Matthew Rhys, of the TV series “Brothers and Sisters,” who will read from “Hamlet,” and veteran actor Malcolm McDowell, who will recite from “The Tempest.” Actress Kate Burton will serve as stage director and host.
Conductor Gustavo Dudamel will lead the concert series, which runs March 10 to 13, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The March 13 concert will be broadcast live to cinemas around the U.S. and Canada.