The LA Phil’s educational programming strives to enrich young people’s lives through music. “Education comes in many ways, and music can deeply enrich people’s lives. LA Phil brings unique concerts to the Los Angeles community and provides the opportunity to experience great classics, see world known musicians, create new musical traditions and enjoy live performances of jazz, pop and world music.” And I could not agree more! One of the many, many reasons I have chosen a Waldorf Education for my children is the priority that this curriculum places on music as part of the student’s educational, developmental, and spiritual growth. Music formed an essential part in my English language learning as a young immigrant girl and in turn, as a former Spanish teacher, I used music in my language lessons. Music is enriching.
So when I received the announcement of the LA Phil’s youth concert series I had to share it with you and encourage everyone in the Los Angeles area to take advantage of such a musical treasure. The Casual Fridays and the Toyota Symphonies for Youth are programs that “take time to interact with audiences and teach them about classical music.” The Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) is the LA Phil’s “initiative to provide access to exceptional instrumental and orchestral education in order to promote youth development.” LA Phil invites Latino families, specifically Latino youth, to take part in these music programs to “nurture their (innate) appetite for music and help them become great musicians” and therefore enriquecer las vidas de Latinos en Los Ángeles!
The best part of this concert series is that it is lead, in part, by a fantastic, young, energetic, and talented Venezuelan conductor, Gustavo Dudamel. On Casual Fridays experience and enjoy classical music with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the maestro and orchestra as they “leave their tailcoats and bowties at home, and so can you!” However, I would venture to say that dressing up would add to the experience and enjoyment. Dudamel’s “infectious joy and passionate musicality touches every performance.”
“The Toyota Symphonies for Youth are entertaining concerts designed for children ages 5 (to) 11 and their families that are held on Saturday mornings.” Families are encouraged to allow plenty of time to enjoy a day of “music-making, discussions with musicians, story-telling, and learning to sing and create art, all activities featuring the day’s musical work.”
Dudamel conducts Mozart & Beethoven | Friday, March 18, 8 PM | Walt Disney Concert Hall
Znaider plays Elgar | Friday, April 15, 8 PM | Walt Disney Concert Hall
Dudamel conducts Brahms’ Second | Friday, May 20, 8 PM | Walt Disney Concert Hall
Dudamel conducts Brahm’s Third | Friday, May 27, 8 PM | Walt Disney Concert Hall
Toyota Symphonies for Youth
The Hero Composer | Saturday, April 23, 11 AM | Walt Disney Concert Hall
David Afkham, Dudamel Conducting Fellow, explores excerpts from Beethoven’s dramatic Third Symphony (the “Eroica”)