350 YOLA students from EXPO and HOLA play together in first combined performance
On Saturday, May 14, students from both YOLA sites performed on the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall during the LA Phil's Youth Orchestra Festival Day. The YOLA EXPO Center Youth Orchestra played a program featuring Bizet, Tchaikovsky, and a work by LA Phil Composer Fellow Aaron Ishibashi. The young musicians were joined by YOLA at HOLA’s choir and wind ensemble to debut for the first time as a combined ensemble, performing arrangements of America the Beautiful and Wagner's Tannhäuser. The combined concert, which featured 350 students, came at the culmination of YOLA at HOLA's first seven months of programming and YOLA at EXPO's fourth year of programming. The LA Phil's annual Youth Orchestra Festival Day also featured performances by the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra and LAMusArt LAPCA Orchestra, participants in the LA Phil's Youth Orchestra Partners Program (now the Youth Orchestra Mentorship Program).
Gustavo Dudamel inspires students at YOLA rehearsals
This spring, students from both YOLA sites had the opportunity to work under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. On March 9, Dudamel visited the YOLA EXPO Center Youth Orchestra, during which he led the group through a dynamic rehearsal of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet (click here for video). On May 21, the maestro visited YOLA at HOLA to work with the first-grade string and fourth-grade wind ensembles, and led a private coaching session with teachers from EXPO and HOLA. The maestro first saw YOLA at HOLA's young musicians in fall 2010, just four weeks after the program launched. Seven months later, he had the opportunity to hear how the students have progressed and to rehearse arrangements of music from Brahms' Symphony No. 1 and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 with the fourth graders.
Performance highlights from YOLA at HOLA's first year
During its first year, the fourth grade students of YOLA at HOLA have already made a splash in their local community through a series of exciting performances. In May, YOLA at HOLA fourth graders performed with LA Phil members as part of the LA Phil’s free Neighborhood Chamber Music Concerts series. The interaction between the LA Phil and YOLA musicians brought out the best in both groups (click here for video). In April, students performed for the LAUSD Parent Summit at the L.A. Convention Center for their biggest audience to date (4000+ people); in February, they performed for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the opening of the Lafayette Park Recreation Center, a new facility of HOLA.
New from the YOLA Resource Library
We are delighted to share the findings from our first year of Paper Orchestra planning and implementation. A joint collaboration among staff of the LA Phil, YOLA at HOLA, and Juneau, Alaska Music Matters (JAMM), the Paper Orchestra Cookbook and Video provide a rationale, a how-to guide, and basic lessons to help you start your own paper orchestra program. It's the latest addition to the LA Phil's growing YOLA Resource Library.