Hollywood Bowl cancels summer season for first time in 98-year history due to COVID-19 pandemic

Hollywood Bowl cancels summer season for first time in 98-year history due to COVID-19 pandemicThe Hollywood Bowl, a legendary entertainment landmark, has canceled its summer season for the first time in 98 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For nearly a century, the Hollywood Bowl has been as reliable as clockwork each summer, offering an array of performances from orchestral to rock 'n roll and everything in between.

This summer, however, the national entertainment landmark will be silent for the first time since it opened in 1922, as the Bowl announced cancellation of the 2020 season on its website Wednesday. The culprit, as in so many other cancellation matters, is the coronavirus pandemic.

"We are sad to share that, for the first time in its almost century-long history, the Hollywood Bowl will be silent this summer. In response to the latest guidance of public health officials and in an effort to protect our artists, audiences, staff, and community from the spread of COVID-19, we are canceling the 2020 season at the Hollywood Bowl," the announcement said.

Artists who had concerts scheduled but who no longer will be playing this summer at the beautiful outdoor venue include Andrea Bocelli, Bob Dylan, Lady Antebellum, Alanis Morissette, Jill Scott, Pentatonix, Janelle Monáe, Diana Ross, John Fogerty and Ozzy Osbourne. (Many concert tours already have been put on hold due to the coronavirus threat.)

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The season's cancellation includes all Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts scheduled from June 6 to Sept. 26. The LA Phil manages the Bowl, which was seen in a recent episode of NBC's "This Is Us" that featured a John Legend performance.

The nonprofit organization describes the cancellation decision as "painful, as is the impact this crisis is having on our musicians, staff, and audiences" and is seeking contributions to help with learning and community programs.

Guests with tickets to canceled events can use the credit for a future LA Phil-produced concert at the Bowl or two other Los Angeles venues: Walt Disney Concert Hall or The Ford. They also can request a refund. For assistance, contact the organization at information@laphil.org or call (323) 850-2000 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. PDT.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/music/2020/05/13/hollywood-bowl-cancels-summer-season-due-covid-19-pandemic/5187457002/

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