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  • LAPA
  • Feb. 10, 2017
  • Supported by The Walt Disney Company

    LA Phil Performs in "The Art of the Piano" and "A Celebration of John Adams" including Works by Composer Fellowship Program Participants

    Free Concerts for 13,000 Local Students

    Los Angeles, CA (February 10, 2017) - This month, 13,000 local students in grades 3 through 12 will experience the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Walt Disney Concert Hall in six free concerts as part of the Symphonies for Schools education program. Since 1999, Symphonies for Schools has been a part of the LA Phil's commitment to bringing the transformative power of music and music-making into the lives of Angelenos.

    Ahead of the concerts, teachers participate in professional development workshops on the content of the concert performances, which are tailored to fit students' grade levels. The program also provides a teacher resource guide in alignment with the State of California Visual and Performing Arts Framework and Arts Learning Standards, including recordings, extensive information on orchestral music and cross-curricular activities. Teachers can apply for Symphonies for Schools through an application process. (Applications are now closed for the 2016/17 season. Applications for the 2017/18 season will be available in August 2017 at

    At this year's Symphonies for Schools, students in grades 3 through 6 will experience "The Art of the Piano," an in-depth exploration of the piano, from the artisan who builds it to the virtuoso who plays it, featuring music by Beethoven, Mozart, Ravel and Gershwin. These four concerts will take place on February 14 and 15 at 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM.

    Music students in grades 6 through 12 will experience "A Celebration of John Adams," concerts to honor LA Phil Creative Chair John Adams' 70th birthday, featuring some of his greatest contributions to contemporary classical music. They will also hear the orchestra perform works by high-school-aged composers graduating from the LA Phil's Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program. These two concerts will take place at 10:00 AM on February 16 (for middle school students) and February 17 (for high school students).

    Supported by The Walt Disney Company

    Tuesday, February 13, 10:00 & 11:15 AM
    Wednesday, February 14, 10:00 & 11:15 AM
    The Art of the Piano
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Joanne Pearce Martin, piano
    Paolo Bortolameolli, conductor (2016/17 Dudamel Fellow)

    Thursday, February 16, 10 AM
    Friday, February 17, 10 AM
    A Celebration of John Adams
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Christopher Rountree, conductor
    4 Composer Fellowship Program world premieres

    The LA Phil's Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program is an innovative two-year program that gives passionate young composers the tools and the freedom to shape the future of music. Founded in 2007 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky, CFP provides private and group composition lessons, seminars presented by LA Phil musicians, and encounters with professionals in the field, propelling Fellows to excellence. Graduates of CFP have gone on to study composition at the University of Southern California, Harvard, Yale, the New England Conservatory, University of California-Los Angeles, and many others. Students experience the creative process from start to finish with the help of accomplished composers. A unique program among American orchestras, CFP also provides these young composers with the remarkable opportunity to hear their works performed in concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Students are led through the creative process from start to finish, inspired by their mentors: Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program Director Andrew Norman and CFP Teaching Artist Sarah Gibson.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music Director & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres - orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop - at two of L.A.'s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall ( and the Hollywood Bowl ( The LA Phil's season extends from September through June at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.


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