Tears welled up in eyes, viewers members hugged. Emotion flowed as Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic performed their first notes for a dwell Hollywood Bowl viewers this week — a part of a rehearsal attended by orchestra family and friends main as much as the Bowl’s first public live performance of the COVID-19 period Saturday.
The journey to achieve the weekend’s free live performance for frontline staff within the pandemic has been robust, from the primary L.A. Phil present cancellation March 12, 2020, to the triumphant announcement this week of a Bowl lineup of 45-plus exhibits. So many individuals — music followers, orchestra gamers, Bowl workers again on the job for the primary time in 18 months, nurses and supply drivers celebrating the sunshine on the finish of a really lengthy tunnel — have waited for this second. Right here’s a rundown of how we bought right here.