Celebrate the first Los Angeles Youth Orchestra Day this Sunday

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Four orchestras and over 300 musicans will join together on Sunday, February 28 at Pasadena City College to mark the first Youth Orchestra Day as appointed by the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Bill Bogaard of Pasadena.

The day is in honor of the four youth orchestras who conceived and organized the event. Participating are the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra (conductor Russell Steinberg), the Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra (conductor Jo Stoup), the Verdugo Youth Orchestra (conductor Samvel Chilingarian), and the Olympia Youth Orchestra (conductor Fung Ho). Their inspiration? A new spirit of cooperation and creativity to make great music together.


LA Youth Orchestra's Russell Steinberg

LA Youth Orchestra's Russell Steinberg

The orchestras met as partner youth orchestras in the LA Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Partners Program and performed in December 2007 on the stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall. They’ve kept in touch since then, wanting to do something important together — Youth Orchestra Day is the result.

The event will feature performances by each orchestra, plus educational panels with students, conductors, and professional musicians moderated by LA Phil violinist Mitch Newman.

The finale, the world premiere of Russell Steinberg’s latest piece The Net of Indra, will be played by all four youth orchestras together. The music will literally surround the audience with strings playing in all the aisles and brass from the balcony.

The orchestras have dedicated this event to the LA Philharmonic Education Department for their vision in bringing them together.

The purpose of Youth Orchestra Day is to draw attention to all the fine youth orchestras in the Los Angeles area that create a vibrant community for so many talented music students. Music education is under tremendous pressure in today’s economy. Many schools are unable to provide quality music programs. Yet there exist over thirty fine community youth orchestras with dedicated conductors, coaches, and staffs, all striving to develop in students their musical skills, their passion, and a sense of the importance of being part of a community.

The performance is on Sunday, 3:30PM on February 28, Sexson Hall at Pasadena City College, 1570 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, California 91106. Tickets are available at the door. Adults: $10 . Students and Seniors: $5 . Children 12 and under: free. Parking available in all student lots: $2 For more information: www.losangelesyouthorchestra.org/layo/youthorchestraday.html


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