LA Phil Returns to Hollywood Bowl for Mostly Vaccinated Audience this Summer

May 11, 2021, 2:41 PM · Following 18 months of canceled concerts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic once again will perform for a live audience this summer at the Hollywood Bowl. The Hollywood Bowl season, announced today, will feature more than 50 performances, including top classical artists such as violinists Ray Chen, Randall Goosby, Anne Akiko Meyers and Martin Chalifour; cellists Yo-Yo Ma, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Sterling Elliott; violist Teng Li; and pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Hélène Grimaud, among others.

Gustavo Dudamel
LA Phil Music Direstor Gustavo Dudamel.

But COVID-19 will still exert some control over the logistics of the concerts. In order to attend, audience members will need either to be fully vaccinated or to present a negative COVID-19 test. The Hollywood Bowl will reserve 85 percent of seats for fully vaccinated patrons, requiring proof of vaccination and photo ID upon entry. The remaining 15 percent will be reserved for those showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of a given performance. The two seating sections for not-fully-vaccinated patrons will be socially distanced and separated from vaccination-required sections. Masks will be required for all patrons. Audience capacity will start at 67 percent, following California state guidelines - which may allow for higher capacity as the summer progresses. Here is the full COVID safety protocol information.

That said, if you are vaccinated, you can have a fairly "normal" concert experience, as fully-vaccinated seating sections will not be socially distanced, and patrons will be allowed to bring picnic baskets and wine, with restaurants and markets open with modifications.

The season will begin on May 15 with a free concert for frontline and essential workers given by the LA Phil with Dudamel, featuring Jessie Montgomery's "Starburst"; the Barber "Adagio for Strings" and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica."

Other highlights include:

Click here for information about the full season.

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May 13, 2021 at 04:21 PM · Exciting, and a great season!

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