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       Fall 2013

Conducted by Dudamel, YOLA and LA Phil play side-by-side concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall

HB Opening Night

The LA Phil celebrated the 10th anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall with a week of free concerts around Los Angeles. The culminating concert, a side-by-side performance featuring LA Phil musicians and YOLA, was held in Hall itself. The weekend of the September 29th side-by-side concert would end with triumphant performances of the finale to Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony and Marquez’s Conga del fuego nuevo, but it began with YOLA musicians getting to know their LA Phil stand partners.

“Do you have a favorite musical memory?” YOLA violinist Arlette asked her stand partner, LA Phil First Associate Concertmaster Nathan Cole, during the first rehearsal. Cole recounted being 16 and playing a side-by-side concert with the Cleveland Orchestra. “If you work hard and practice, maybe you’ll sit next to me professionally some day,” his stand partner had said to him back then.

“And he does!” Arlette told teachers after the concert. “His stand partner in that concert was [LA Phil Principal Concertmaster]  Martin Chalifour, and now they’re actual stand partners in the LA Phil. Now I see if I work really hard, that can be my path too.”

The concert, which also featured performances by Herbie Hancock and L.A. band La Santa Cecilia, featured 60 YOLA students, who shared the stage with 60 LA Phil musicians. Throughout the weekend, the musicians collaborated in sectionals and rehearsals with Gustavo Dudamel. Parents, families, and the general public packed Walt Disney Concert Hall to experience the free concert firsthand, while 2000 more watched the simulcast in nearby Grand Park.

For more on the LA Phil/YOLA side-by-side concert, check out this Behind the Scenes Video.

To read the LA Times' feature article on YOLA, which coincided with the side-by-side, read: Youth Orchestra LA sets an example.

Read LA Times music critic Mark Swed's comment about the side-by-side here.


Registration Now Open: 2014 Symposium and Leadership Forum for Young Musicians

Take a Stand

The 2014 Take a Stand symposium will be held in Los Angeles on February 20, 21 and 22. Purchase a full symposium pass, or each day separately. In addition, we are pleased to introduce a “YOLA 101” pre-session, which will allow those El Sistema-inspired programs in the startup stages to learn more about program design, partnership building, evaluation plans, and more.

At the same time, involve your student(s) in the first national gathering of students in U.S. El Sistema-inspired programs. The Leadership Forum for Young Musicians will happen alongside the Symposium. Up to 25 students aged 13-18, with the support of their program directors, will be selected from those who apply. Participants will:

  • Engage in workshops designed to refine students’ leadership skills
  • Envision their roles as student leaders in El Sistema-inspired programs in the U.S.
  • Enact leadership skills while working together to make music.

Selected students will receive travel reimbursements up to $1000 plus free symposium registration for themselves and one chaperone.

To learn more, register, or apply for the Leadership Forum, visit the Take a Stand Symposium Website.


YOLA in the Press

LA TimesYouth Orchestra LA sets an example

LA TimesReview: L.A. Phil and Disney Hall return to the music

Los Angeles Wave
Molina gives funds to arts high school

Eagle Rock PatchSupervisor Molina Allocates $350,000 to L.A. County High School for the Arts

LA Times Critic's pick: Free concert with Youth Orchestra LA and L.A. Phil

LA TimesA Disney Hall Sunday simulcast in Grand Park

LA Downtown NewsReinventing Moby Dick, Calling Up "Clueless," and More Downtown Fun

For more YOLA-related press, photos, and video, visit our YOLA Media Library.


Stakeholder Spotlight


LA's Best

LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program, one of the premier after-school programs in the country, this year celebrated its 25th anniversary. Every day, in the City of Los Angeles, LA’s BEST serves 28,000 elementary school children with the greatest needs and the fewest resources.  Since its inception, the program has consisted of 3 ½ Beats: help with homework, a learning activity that boosts core academic skills and confidence, something that’s new and just plain fun, and a light, nutritious meal. In 2007, LA’s BEST added a downbeat to the program with the creation of the LA’s BEST String Project, offering second-through-fifth grade students high-quality violin, viola, and cello instruction, and classical music education. 

Part of the original YOLA Stakeholder Group, LA’s BEST, with continued primary support from the Max H. Gluck Foundation, just launched its 4th String Project site at Broad Avenue Elementary School in the Harbor area. Other LA’s BEST String Project sites include Shenandoah Elementary in the South Robertson area, El Dorado Elementary in Sylmar, and Castelar Elementary in Chinatown. At Castelar and El Dorado, LA’s BEST has teamed up with another YOLA Stakeholder, Education Through Music–LA (ETM-LA), to create an El Sistema modeled learning environment where students receive five hours of music instruction during the after school hours each week, in addition to ETM- LA’s one hour per week of instruction during the school day. Congratulations LA’s BEST!

Click here for more information about the YOLA Stakeholder Network.

Leadership support for the LA Phil's Educational Initiatives is provided by the Peggy Bergmann YOLA Endowment Fund, the Lee and Hope Landis Warner YOLA Student Fund, Norma D. Kayser Trust, Max H. Gluck Foundation, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, Rose Hills Foundation, Anonymous, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Walt Disney Company, and Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.

Additional support is provided by Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Eisner Foundation, Terri and Jerry M. Kohl, Dudley Rauch, Rosenthal Family Foundation, James and Laura Rosenwald/Orinoco Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Target Corporation, Edgerton Foundation, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation, The Wunderkinder Foundation, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Anonymous, Joyce Brandman/Saul Brandman Foundation, Mark Dalzell, Ferguson Foundation, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Kaplan, Victoria and Kerry McCluggage, Wendy and Ken Ruby, Jack Suzar and Linda May, Wells Fargo, and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation through the League of American Orchestras' Getty Education and Community Engagement Grants Program.


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