Hollywood Bowl reopening 2021: Photographs from the gang

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It felt like a big step towards post-pandemic normalcy: The Los Angeles Philharmonic carried out Saturday evening on the Hollywood Bowl in entrance of a reside viewers.

Earlier than the live performance, the entry to the Bowl buzzed with pleasure, optimism and a lingering little bit of wariness as masked ticket holders — frontline and important staff and their household and mates, all recipients of free tickets — gathered to expertise reside music as half of a giant viewers for the primary time in additional than a 12 months. With masks lowered briefly for a socially distanced photograph, they signify among the faces within the crowd and the backstories they dropped at the Bowl.

You will discover our different protection of the historic closure and touching reopening in our Hollywood Bowl story gallery.

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Marissa Fontanilla, left, her son Gregory Fontanilla and her sister Tere Cayamanda.

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Marissa Fontanilla, 65, gained a raffle at work for Saturday’s free live performance. As a nurse specializing in worker well being at Torrance Memorial Medical Heart, Fontanilla spent the previous couple of months vaccinating coworkers. “It’s straightforward,” she stated, miming the jab of a shot in an arm. She attended the live performance together with her son, Gregory Fontanilla, 27, and her sister, Tere Cayamanda, 61. “I’m so excited. What a 12 months we’ve had,” Fontanilla stated. “It’s good to have some social contact. We haven’t been going out for over a 12 months.”

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Grecia Serrano and her brother, Fernando Serrano.

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South Gate resident Grecia Serrano, 27, attended the live performance together with her brother, Fernando Serrano, 19. A program director for one of many L.A. Phil’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles websites, Serrano is a musician who performs the upright bass. “I’m actually excited. I feel when the L.A. Phil will get on the market, which means YOLA will ultimately get again on the market too,” she stated. “Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ is a type of actually nice items to take heed to, particularly reside. I’m excited to listen to the musicians as a result of they should be actually glad to play harmonies collectively. I hope they’ve a variety of enjoyable.”

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Surgical nurse Kami Kaur and her sons, Jasdeep Singh, left, and Simran Singh.

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Kami Kaur, 53, was on the live performance with sons Simran Singh, 27, and Jasdeep Singh, 26. Kaur is a surgical nurse at Kaiser Permanente in Lancaster, and Saturday evening was the primary time she and her sons had attended a live performance on the Bowl. “I really like music, so I used to be excited as a result of it is a once-in-a-lifetime expertise for us,” she stated. “Final 12 months was very busy and demanding. … Typically folks assume it’s not an enormous deal, however for us, it’s. Right now is sort of a trip for us. We got here down right here and hiked and visited downtown. It’s like a extra regular day, a extremely good expertise.”

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Sandra Weiser together with her husband, Bernard, and son Cameron.

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Sandra Weiser, 56, works within the COVID-19 unit of Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills. She attended the live performance with husband Bernard Weiser, 65, and son Cameron Weiser, 24. “That is particular, heartwarming, sort of emotional, as a result of we labored so exhausting the entire 12 months,” she stated. “It’s additionally slightly bit unusual as a result of we’ve been so remoted. You understand we have been so terrified and afraid for our households, for ourselves, for all of the sufferers coming in who have been so sick, individuals who couldn’t breathe and have been dying. So proper now, it’s nonetheless slightly bit uncomfortable as a result of we went via a lot. It’s slightly bit nerve-wracking. I feel tonight goes to be very emotional.”

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Ria Magtanong.

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Ria Magtanong, 37, is a nurse at Torrance Memorial Medical Heart. The Lengthy Seashore resident stated she’d been to the Hollywood Bowl earlier than together with her youngsters, however Saturday evening was totally different. “It feels wonderful,” she stated of how the L.A. Phil was recognizing frontline staff and the way so many individuals had “joined collectively to combat this pandemic.”

“The variety of sufferers we now have with COVID goes down dramatically, in order that feels good,” she stated. “I haven’t been out like this in a very long time, and to have the ability to do it in a setting that I really feel is protected as a result of we’re all outdoor and sporting masks, it feels very nice.”

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Rose Cooper, left, Nadine Koerner and Louise King.

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Louise King, 81, is a nurse and case supervisor at Torrance Memorial Medical Heart. She attended Saturday’s live performance with longtime mates Nadine Koerner, 79, and Rose Cooper, 87. They went to the Bowl collectively typically earlier than the pandemic.

“It’s fabulous to be out,” King stated. “I’ve been out twice right now. I went to lunch with mates and now tonight! It’s a great day. It’s at all times thrilling to be right here. There’s only a sense of pleasure on a regular basis. I really feel it each time I stroll in.”

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Jose Morales.

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Los Angeles resident Jose Morales, 41, is a Cedars Sinai EKG technician. “I really like this place,” he stated. “Being again feels nice. Getting again to regular little by little — particularly right here — is an enormous deal. We’ve been via quite a bit. Actually I feel it is going to be slightly bizarre at first, however as soon as all the things will get began, it would start to really feel slightly extra regular.”

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Tracy Hild, far proper, stands subsequent to husband Gary Hild. To the left are daughter Sydney Hild and her boyfriend, Bradley Smith.

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Tracy Hild, 56, of Santa Clarita is an aquatic supervisor at Castaic Lake and an EMT. “It’s good to be in the neighborhood once more and get again to music,” she stated. Hild attended the live performance with husband Gary Hild, 56, daughter Sydney Hild, 24, and Sydney’s boyfriend, Bradley Smith, 22.

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Suzanne Goulet, left, Joseph Fenno and Celeste Florentin.

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Reseda resident Suzanne Goulet, 61, volunteers with Challenge Angel Meals. She introduced her daughter, Celeste Florentin, 30, and son-in-law, Joseph Fenno, 51, to the live performance. “I’ve been coming since I used to be in highschool,” Goulet stated. “So it’s a huge a part of our household’s life. I feel I’m going to be blown away tonight.”

Added Florentin: “My mother has been bringing me right here since I used to be in utero, so it’s simply such an enormous a part of our lives and it’s wonderful to be again. I miss it.”

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Cesar Arredondo waits for a buddy on a bench partially wrapped in plastic to make sure social distancing.

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Los Angeles resident Cesar Arendondo, 55, attended Saturday’s live performance with a buddy. He obtained the Johnson & Johnson shot a couple of month in the past and was glad California was a pacesetter in vaccinations. “It is a nice option to have fun the protocols being relaxed,” he stated. “We’re getting on the market to get slightly little bit of the traditional we used to have, and what a good way to do it with music and with maestro [Gustavo] Dudamel.”

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Virginia Madrigal and Douglas Madrigal.

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Studio Metropolis residents Douglas and Virginia Madrigal, 79 and 77, respectively, are common Hollywood Bowl subscribers who’re used to spending their summer season nights there. The couple acquired tickets via the meals financial institution Challenge Angel Meals, the place Virginia volunteers. “I be happy,” she stated. “Final 12 months there was no Hollywood Bowl and it was like my entire summer season was finished. It was terrible. Coming right here tonight actually tells me that issues are higher.”

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Andi Gibson.

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Pasadena resident Andi Gibson, 42, is an actor who attended the live performance on the invitation of a buddy who volunteers for Challenge Angel Meals. “I’ve not been this excited to come back to the Bowl in a extremely very long time,” she stated, including later: “I feel it’s a beautiful option to make a tribute to all of the essential folks that helped us survive over the past 12 months.”

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