The LA Phil is excited to launch the YOLA Newsletter, your way to stay informed about Gustavo Dudamel's signature El Sistema-inspired program in Los Angeles. Our first newsletter features highlights from an eventful year and a sneak peek at our second site: YOLA at HOLA. Stay tuned for quarterly program updates, information about special events and performances, and spotlights on YOLA students and stakeholder organizations!
Composing Change: YOLA and the El Sistema Movement
From May 6–8, the LA Phil hosted an international symposium in partnership with the League of American Orchestras and El Sistema USA entitled Composing Change: YOLA and the El Sistema Movement. Over 200 music education advocates from 27 states and 6 countries gathered in Los Angeles for the three-day event, which featured YOLA as a case study for how El Sistema can be adapted outside Venezuela and culminated with an invitational rehearsal of the YOLA EXPO Center Youth Orchestra with Gustavo Dudamel on the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Click here to read a recap, watch video, view photos, and download notes from the symposium.
YOLA EXPO Center Youth Orchestra performs at Natural History Museum
On July 11, over 400 local leaders, families, and community members gathered to watch the YOLA EXPO Center Youth Orchestra perform on the steps of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The performance was part of an event that celebrated the opening of the museum's newly restored 1913 building and "Age of Mammals" exhibition. LA County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Zev Yaroslavsky welcomed the audience as the orchestra performed Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" and Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance."
Guest conductors highlight YOLA EXPO summer session
Thomas Wilkins and Perry So were among guest conductors who led the YOLA EXPO Center Youth Orchestra during full rehearsals this summer. Wilkins, a longtime music education advocate, is Principal Guest Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Music Director of the Omaha Symphony. Perry So was one of the LA Phil's 2009/10 Dudamel Fellows and is Assistant Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
YOLA instrument drive nets over 100 instruments
Over 100 instruments were brought to Walt Disney Concert Hall during the LA Phil's first annual YOLA Instrument Drive in May. The instruments will help provide free music instruction to YOLA students. We offer special thanks to the American Youth Symphony, Amoeba Music, and individuals around the country for their generous contributions. For more information about instrument donations, please email YOLA@laphil.org.