No Doubt rockers visit YOLA EXPO Center Youth Orchestra
On January 22, four high school students participating in the LA Phil's Composer Fellowship Program and students in the YOLA EXPO Center Youth Orchestra welcomed acclaimed rock group No Doubt to their Saturday morning rehearsal. The four members of the band – Gwen Stefani, Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young – observed the rehearsal and participated in a Q&A session, sharing advice and personal anecdotes that served as both guidance and inspiration.
In the weeks leading up to this special day, the four composer fellows – Daniel Allas, Tamzin Elliott, Phillip Golub and Aaron Ishibashi – were tasked with composing a four-movement piece inspired by songs by the Grammy-winning rock band. Each composer fellow selected a No Doubt song to serve as the musical inspiration for each one of the four movements that comprised the final piece. After the YOLA EXPO Center Youth Orchestra rehearsed their pieces, they had the opportunity to ask the group questions about their career paths, fondest memories and the music-making process. This was the first time the LA Phil partnered with a renowned rock group for the Composer Fellowship and YOLA programs.
LA Phil musicians perform for YOLA at HOLA community
The YOLA at HOLA community got a special treat when five members of the LA Phil performed Nielsen's Wind Quintet during a free chamber concert at Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) for students and families. The group included Sarah Jackson (flute), Anne Marie Gabriele (oboe), David Howard (clarinet), Shawn Mouser (bassoon), and Bruce Hudson (horn). Afterward, the musicians introduced their instruments, recounted their experiences as beginning players, and held a question and answer session for a packed room of eager YOLA at HOLA students and parents. A handful of young players also had the opportunity to check out the musicians' instruments and talk to them one-on-one.
YOLA families featured in LA Phil's first theatercast
A lucky group of YOLA families attended a private recital given by mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor earlier this year. Special guest Gustavo Dudamel surprised the group when he took a break from rehearsal to sit in on the performance and answer questions along with the soloist afterward. How does it get even more exciting? Students and parents in the audience were featured on the big screen, as the event was broadcast during the intermission of the LA Phil’s first movie theater simulcast on January 9. To learn more about LA Phil LIVE's upcoming programs near you, click here.
Highlights from the YOLA Resource Library
Struggling with scheduling? Check out YOLA at HOLA's Sample Schedule, one of the latest additions to the LA Phil's YOLA Resource Library, for guidance on program design. Stay tuned as the resource library grows and continues to help community members, music educators, and citizens across the country interested in starting their own El Sistema-inspired programs.