Okay, it’s official, summer is canceled.
In 98 summers, the iconic Hollywood Bowl has never been closed down for more than 2 weeks. However, in response to the latest guidance from health officials, the entire 2020 season has been canceled. The Ford will also be closed for the season.
“LA Phil-presented concerts for the 2020 season have been canceled. This is to protect our audiences, musicians, employees, and community from the spread of COVID-19,” the announcement read. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association—which also manages the venue—has already faced substantial budget shortfalls and has furloughed up to 25% of its full-time staff. With no foreseeable resolution on the crisis, it seems there was no other option.
While we’ve all known it was on the cards, we were all still hoping some miracle would drop out the sky so we could once again gather at the Bowl on balmy evenings and throw back a few drinks with friends while enjoying a plethora of music genres. It’s an annual ritual that almost feels like a right.
“The Hollywood Bowl and The Ford are much more than performance venues. They are iconic places and represent summer traditions that have played a part in defining Los Angeles itself,” Gail Samuel, President of the Hollywood Bowl and Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, said in a statement.
As one of the largest outdoor amphitheaters in the world— according to the venue—with a capacity of over 17,000 and about 110 concerts each summer, becoming the next COVID-19 casualty was inevitable. But the organizers look forward to going all out for the centennial celebrations in 2021.
Ticketholders have been encouraged to donate the value of their tickets to support the non-profit organization that works towards “enriching lives through our music and learning and community programs including YOLA.”
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