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  • Nov. 2, 2002


    Pre-concert Activities Start at 10 AM; Concerts at 11 AM

    Toyota Symphonies for Youth are made possible by a generous grant from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

    The 2002/2003 series of Toyota Symphonies for Youth concerts, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is a fun-filled, new season of concerts sure to please children and their parents. The popular concerts, designed for children ages 5-11 and their families are held on Saturday mornings. Pre-concert activities including arts, crafts, dance, and storytelling, start at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at 10 AM, with a one-hour concert following at 11 AM.

    The 2002/2003 season, which is the eighth year that Toyota has sponsored the series, includes five concerts by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. All concerts feature music linked with other artistic disciplines to teach children how music influences and integrates the other arts. The concerts begin with All The World's a Stage - Music and Shakespeare, November 2. The season continues with Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker -- Music and Dance, with ballet dancers, on December 7, followed by Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition - Music and Art, February 8, 2003, Sing a Song! - Orchestra and the Voice, April 5, 2003 and Hooray for Hollywood! - Music and the Movies, May 10, 2003. Assistant Conductor Yasuo Shinozaki conducts all dates except the November 2 and the April 5 concerts, which are led by Associate Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

    Families should plan to arrive early and spend the morning making music, meeting musicians, listening to stories, learning to sing,and creating art projects --- all activities that introduce the day's theme. Actor John de Lancie, best known as "Q" on Star Trek, The Next Generation, returns for a fifth season as the audience's guide to the concert, which will feature close-up images of the musicians projected on a screen above the orchestra.

    Los Angeles Philharmonic Associate Conductor MIGUEL HARTH-BEDOYA is Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony, a title he holds with both the Eugene Symphony in Oregon and the Auckland Phiharmonia in New Zealand. One of the most exciting young conductors in America, his active guest conducting schedule includes appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Quebec Symphony, the Puerto Rico Symphony, and the Mexico National Symphony. Festival appearances include Grant Park, Tanglewood, Rencontres Musicales d'Evian in France, the Domaine Forget International Festival in Quebec, and the Musicarchitettura International Festival in Italy. Born in 1968 in Lima, Peru, Miguel Harth-Bedoya holds degrees in conducting from The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School.

    Host JOHN DE LANCIE's career spans the areas of stage, movies, and television where he has proven himself to be an actor, director, and producer of note. He has appeared in nearly 100 TV shows, including his best-known role as Picard's bothersome adversary "Q" on Star Trek, The Next Generation. He co-owns a production company with Leonard Nimoy, Alien Voices, which has produced projects for Simon & Schuster, TNT, New Line, The Sci-Fi Channel, and California School Systems. Mr. de Lancie's love of music began as a child in Philadelphia, where he listened to Saturday night concerts at Philadelphia's Academy of Music. He has performed as a speaker and narrator with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Milwaukee Symphony.

    Toyota Symphonies for Youth is made possible by a generous grant from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. Additional support is provided by Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation; The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation; The William Randolph Hearst Foundations; Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts; Wells Fargo Foundation; the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department; and the California Arts Council, a state agency. The Los Angeles Philharmonic's education and community programs would not be possible without the extraordinary support and ongoing participation of the Philharmonic Affiliate Committees. Toyota Symphonies for Youth is a program of Music Matters, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's children's education activities.

    Toyota Symphonies for Youth tickets ($11-13) are currently available by subscription only. For subscription information, call 323.850. 2000 or visit

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