UPDATED with more details: The Hollywood Bowl, a staple of the summer in Los Angeles, is shuttering its 2020 season, officials said Wednesday. The move due to the coronavirus pandemic includes canceling all the concerts presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic that had been scheduled between June 6-September 26.
The L.A. closures also include the 2020 schedule at The Ford, the amphitheater situated just across the 101 Freeway from the Bowl in the Cahuenga Pass that was to celebrate its 100th year, and first under management of the L.A. Phil, which also manages the Bowl events.
LA Phil CEO Chad Smith said today the Hollywood Bowl faces “unprecedented financial strain” and that it will furlough about 25% of its full-time staff, as well as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, through September 30. It also is laying off seasonal Hollywood Bowl employees.
“Prior to this decision, we reduced all non-essential expenses, laid off part-time employees, instituted salary reductions of 35% for Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and staff, and made the decision to draw from our endowment,” Smith said.
The historic venue that has hosted everybody from Leonard Bernstein and Frank Sinatra to the Beatles, Monty Python to John Williams already had to cancel early-season events including the annual Korea Times Music Festival and a Dave Chappelle concert that had been set for May 2. Most shows had already been postponed or canceled including the annual Playboy Jazz Festival and the June 13 opening night with Brandi Carlile.
Artists that had been set for summer dates include Andrea Bocelli, Bob Dylan, Jill Scott, the Beach Boys, Fantasia Barrino, Janelle Monáe, Ozzy Osbourne, Little Big Town, John Fogerty, Cynthia Erivo, Diana Ross, Backstreet Boys and the musical School of Rock among many others.
It will be the first season without Hollywood Bowl events in the 98 years of the venue, which is managed by the LA Phil, a non-profit organization. In April, the LA Phil canceled the remainder of its 2019-2020 season that included 37 shows. The organization, which is supported by ticket sales and donations, is urging donations to aid its musicians and staff during the shutdown. (Click here for more info.)
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