YOLA at EXPO performs on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and with Stevie Wonder at the Hollywood Bowl
On Sunday, July 24, the YOLA EXPO Center Youth Orchestra performed alongside Stevie Wonder on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl during Global Soul, a KCRW World Festival series concert. Hosted by Emmy-nominated musical director Rickey Minor, the concert featured a stellar line-up of friends in a celebration of soul music from around the world. The orchestra joined all the evening's performers in a 40th-anniversary tribute to Marvin Gaye's classic album What's Going On, playing a joyous, ensemble version of the title track. This was the first time YOLA musicians performed on a subscription concert presented by the LA Phil and their second performance at the nearly 18,000-seat venue (the first was during Gustavo Dudamel’s inaugural ¡Bienvenido Gustavo! concert). On top of that, a special group of YOLA at EXPO’s section leaders joined fellow performers Sharon Jones, Grace Potter, and Charles Bradley a week prior on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for a sneak preview of the concert. Click here to see the students in their first TV appearance – no autographs, please!
Concerts in the park highlight YOLA at HOLA's summer
After almost ten months of hard work, the young musicians of YOLA at HOLA performed for some of their biggest audiences to date in their neighborhood's local parks. On August 4, members of the fourth-grade Wind Ensemble played for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at a Summer Night Lights event in Lafayette Park. Just days later, the full orchestra gave its final summer performance at Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park. The concert was part of the venue’s free summer concert series and brought together nearly 2,000 people from the local community, who enjoyed works from Beethoven to Brahms performed by the program’s orchestra and ensembles. Get ready for another year of exciting performances – YOLA at HOLA is about to admit 80 new students this fall!
YOLA at EXPO introduces advanced Chamber Orchestra
This summer, the YOLA at EXPO program formed its third and newest ensemble, the YOLA EXPO Chamber Orchestra. Made up of 45 students, this new group not only represents the program’s most technically advanced musicians, but those who demonstrate exemplary peer leadership skills. For their first challenge as the program’s leaders, the students participated in an intensive week-long session at The Colburn School, which culminated in a special performance for their families. The group also performed for their peers during YOLA at EXPO’s annual summer concert (attended by California Assemblyman Mike Davis!). To hear highlights from the Chamber Orchestra's debut concert, click here.