Hollywood Bowl cancels 2020 season due to pandemic

Posted on: May 14, 2020


“For the first time in its nearly 100-year history, the Hollywood Bowl is canceling its entire season,” writes Jessica Gelt in Wednesday’s (5/13) Los Angeles Times. “The Hollywood Bowl is summer in Los Angeles…. The Hollywood Bowl is music: resplendent strings, cascading guitars, heart-beat drums. Classical, rock, jazz, funk, reggae, electronic. Blues, country, gospel, pop, punk. Hip-hop, metal, a cappella…. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn., which manages the venue, announced on Wednesday the impossibility of attempting a summer season with the coronavirus crisis not yet resolved. The cancellation adds to the mounting revenue losses for the L.A. Phil, which faces an $80 million budget shortfall, the orchestra said…. The concert cancellations of highly anticipated shows [include Music Director] Gustavo Dudamel’s new Pan-American music initiative … [appearances by] Cynthia Erivo, Andrew Bird, Flying Lotus, Brittany Howard, [and] an evening celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment…. With this season gone, there is always next summer and a possible headline: ‘Hollywood Bowl roars back to life in a blaze of fireworks and moonlight.’ The lede [for that article]: ‘Crowds packed tightly together, children ran through the grass, friends shared wine and music. It was again summer in Los Angeles.’ ”