Hollywood Bowl season 2020 became the latest victim of deadly coronavirus after iconic amphitheater in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles has cancelled its season.
Media reports said Los Angeles Philharmonic announced today that it is cancelling its Hollywood Bowl 2020 season at the Hollywood Bowl and Ford Theatre. This is the first time in history that a season cancelled. Concerts and other programs normally start in June and run through September.
“We are all broken hearted by the effects of this crisis and share the disappointment of all those who look forward to the Bowl and Ford seasons every year,” CEO Chad Smith said in a statement. “As we deal with this public health emergency, our task now, which we share with all of Los Angeles, is to go forward with strength and resilience, knowing we will get through this with one another’s help.”
The orchestra is already facing a $80 million budget shortfall. To mitigate these losses, the LA Phil announced that it is furloughing approximately 25 percent of its full-time non-union workforce, as well as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra through Sept. 30, 2020. Seasonal Hollywood Bowl employees will also be laid off said the report.