Youth Orchestra of LA to perform at Super Bowl halftime show

Posted on: January 29, 2016

“For the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, Coldplay and Beyoncé will get some company from a different kind of musical superstar: Gustavo Dudamel is set to lead members of the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles,” writes David Ng in Thursday’s (1/28) Los Angeles Times. “The conductor, who is the music and artistic director of the L.A. Philharmonic, will be joined onstage by students from the YOLA at Expo site in South L.A., which is a partnership of the philharmonic, Harmony Project and the Expo Center. No details have been announced about what the ensemble will perform. Super Bowl 50 is set for Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The game, which will air on CBS, will pit the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos…. In a release, Dudamel said that ‘this is a wonderful honor and an extraordinary showcase for YOLA, as well as a tribute to youth orchestras worldwide.’ … As the public face of the L.A. Philharmonic, Dudamel has made TV appearances over the years, including shows as varied as ‘Sesame Street’ and ‘The Tonight Show.’ He recently put in a cameo appearance for the second season of the comedy series ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ on Amazon.”

Posted January 29, 2016

Pictured: Gustavo Dudamel leads the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times