LA Philharmonic Cancels Walt Disney Concert Hall Events Through June

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The remainder of previously scheduled concerts have been pulled from the calendar through June 9 as digital programs and a PBS series are on the horizon.

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another calendar on the arts and culture scene in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced today that is canceling the remainder of its previously scheduled concerts for the 2020/21 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall through June 9.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Ford remain closed to the public due to the pandemic, like many arts and live entertainment venues across California. As a remedy, the LA Phil continues to branch out to audiences and patrons through media partnerships and digital initiatives.

The programs will continue in the new year, covering include new episodes of the LA Phil’s media project Sound/Stage, which brings together short concert films with essays, interviews and bonus performances by artists and thinkers; In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl, a six-episode TV series hosted by Gustavo Dudamel airing on PBS stations nationwide starting Jan. 15; and other features.

"As hard as it is to lose entire seasons at the Hollywood Bowl, the Ford and now Walt Disney Concert Hall, we are responding creatively under Gustavo’s leadership, so we can continue to bring music, learning programs and important conversations to the largest possible audience in Los Angeles and beyond," said Chad Smith, the LA Philharmonic’s David C. Bohnett Chair chief executive officer. "Together with all of Los Angeles, we will arrive on the other side of this pandemic. We now look toward next summer, when we will welcome audiences back to the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford and celebrate each iconic venue’s centenary with new meaning and purpose."

Added Dudamel, LA Philharmonic's music and artistic director: "Cultural institutions like ours must be a part of the very fabric of our community, and during this challenging time we must strive to inspire and empower people even more through our music and programming. We must reach across genres through screens, live streams, and more, and remember that each note we play also carries with it an element of hope for the future and a desire for a better world. In the end, I believe that music and art will heal the soul of our community."