Frank Gehry on the aims and design of the LA Phil’s new center for young musicians

Posted on: August 16, 2021

“The old bank building … has found new life as a rehearsal space and concert hall” in the Inglewood neighborhood of Los Angeles, writes Caroline A. Miranda in Thursday’s (8/21) Los Angeles Times. “Welcome to the Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center in downtown Inglewood, where the outside is all 1960s branch bank but the inside is a dynamic, daylight-saturated community music center—the first permanent space for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles. The low-key reconfiguration comes courtesy of Frank Gehry and a team of designers at Gehry Partners in collaboration with the Los Angeles-based Chait & Company…. ‘It’s not a precious building,’ says Gehry…. ‘But it’s precious in what it does.’ YOLA, a program devised by L.A. Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, trains budding musicians in under-resourced communities around Los Angeles. It serves more than 1,300 students, ages 5 to 18, with free instruments and intensive musical training…. ‘The building wants to be part of the community, not created as a cultural object from the outside,’ says Gehry. ‘It has a lot of porosity so people feel like they are a part of it…. The programming and the effect on the community—that is the issue.’ ”