The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s second annual National Take a Stand Festival for students ages 12 to 18 is underway from July 5 to 14 in Los Angeles. Students from El Sistema-inspired programs from across the U.S. are participating in rehearsals and educational workshops led by a teaching staff that includes LA Phil musicians and an international faculty of teaching artists. The festival will culminate with a July 14 performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall by an orchestra for advanced young musicians and an intermediate string ensemble. The festival’s goal is to create a unified national platform for U.S. programs inspired by the El Sistema music education program that nurtured LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. Conductors at the festival include Dudamel as well as Michael Morgan (music director, Oakland Symphony); Jeffrey Grogan (director of orchestral activities at Oklahoma City University and artistic director of Oklahoma Youth Orchestras); and Soo Han (director of orchestral activities at Ohio’s Baldwin Wallace Conservatory). The festival’s final two days coincide with the LA Phil’s sixth annual Take a Stand Symposium, which brings together El Sistema-inspired leaders, teachers, and key stakeholders from around the world.
Posted July 10, 2018
Pictured: Conductor Thomas Wilkins rehearses young musicians from across the country during the 2017 Take a Stand symposium and festival. Photo by Brian Lauritzen