A typical LA Phil tour has a lot of components. Not only does the orchestra play concerts in varied cities in equally varied destinations, but there's also - as befits an orchestra with a Music Director like ours - often an educational component to the proceedings. In 2011, members of the LA Phil stopped by the Barbican Centre to lead a master class or two; in 2012, the entire orchestra traveled to Caracas to see Gustavo's El Sistema in action; and now, in 2013, the orchestra is evolving yet again as members of our very own Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) travel to London to participate in the LA Phil co-hosted (along with the Barbican Centre and Take A Stand) Future Play Symposium.
All told, 10 of YOLA's top students are traveling across the pond to take part in a slew of musical and educational acitivities. They'll not only be attending symposium talks by such LA Phil friends as John Adams and Peter Sellars, but also attending masterclasses with LA Phil musicians, taking part in symposium presentations and, on Friday, along with fellow young musicians from East London, taking some time to rehearse Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet with Gustavo.
Between traveling to London AND being featured on the cover of Spirit - the offical in-flight magazine of Southwest Airlines - March is shaping up to be a pretty big month for YOLA. We couldn't be any prouder.