YOLA’s Ambassadors Hit the Road

YOLA’s most advanced musicians serve as the program’s greatest ambassadors. This spring, these ambassadors have been particularly busy with trips abroad as well as high-profile performances here at home.

NBA All-Star Weekend: The YOLA @ HOLA Wind Ensemble played during the event’s final concert on Feb. 18, warming up the crowd for hip-hop stars Travis Scott, SZA, and Wiz Khalifa.

Mexico City: Four YOLA Alumni traveled to Mexico City March 1-4 for “Encounters/Encuentros,” an arts and citizenship workshop. They joined 300 young musicians from the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Argentina, and Chile. Gustavo Dudamel conducted the massive youth orchestra in Dvořák's “New World” Symphony.

Symphonies for Schools: Twenty YOLA players put down their string and wind instruments and picked up colorful tuned tubes called Boomwackers for A Trip to the Moon, the centerpiece of the Symphonies for Schools elementary concerts on March 6 and 7. The secondary schools concerts on March 8 and 9 featured YOLA bassoonist John Anthony Gonzelez (see interview below) and were recorded for broadcast in May on the NPR show From the Top.

Neighborhood Concert at First Congregational Church: This free March 18 concert was the culmination of an LA Phil residency program at three YOLA sites that included coaching, master classes, and side-by-side rehearsals. YOLA’s advanced string players performed two chamber music pieces with the Philharmonic musicians, and bassoonist Jerver Hernandez was the soloist for Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto.

London: The theme of YOLA’s 2018 tour is “Tuning Into Change.” Ten students will travel to London’s Barbican Centre in May for a  series of joint rehearsals and discussions with student musicians from across the UK. The topic at hand: how the arts effect social change, and what role young artists envision taking as social activists.

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