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  • Ninety-Six YOLA Musicians Join the LA Phil’s Tour of Mexico City in November
  • Nov. 7, 2019
  • YOLA, Sistema Nacional de Fomento Musical en México, Music Schools of INBAL, and the Gustavo Dudamel Foundation Collaborate for a Music and Leadership Cultural Exchange in Mexico City November 10 to 15

    Los Angeles, CA (November 7, 2019) – Ninety-six musicians from YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) will join Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil on a tour of Mexico City from November 10 to 15. The YOLA Mexico City tour orchestra includes musicians from three YOLA sites – YOLA at EXPO Center, YOLA at HOLA, and YOLA at Torres – and is the first-ever cross-site full orchestra to go on an international tour with the LA Phil.

    The YOLA musicians will participate in a cultural exchange, titled “Encuentros,” with up to 100 students from Mexico City, ages 15–20, for a series of intensive music and leadership-focused workshops, rehearsals, and masterclasses led by LA Phil Associate Conductor Paolo Bortolameolli and LA Phil musicians. “Encuentros” will culminate in a free, open rehearsal with Gustavo Dudamel on November 13 at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, and a free daytime performance for school children by YOLA on November 14 at the Teatro Julio Castillo. Participants will also explore topics including cultural unity, interculturality, and building bridges through music, as well as celebrate 50 years of sisterhood between Los Angeles and Mexico City. “Encuentros” is a collaboration between YOLA, Sistema Nacional de Fomento Musical en México, Music Schools of INBAL, and the Gustavo Dudamel Foundation.

    The LA Phil and The Music Center kick off YOLA’s tour to Mexico City with Día de la Familia, a family-friendly event featuring YOLA, conducted by Bortolameolli, and Mariachi Los Camperos. With performances, art making, bilingual storytelling, and kid-friendly activities, Día de la Familia invites families to enjoy the free festivities on The Music Center Plaza on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 12 to 3 PM.

    In its 13 years of existence, YOLA has demonstrated significant impact not only in Los Angeles, but also, more recently, around the world. More than simply an opportunity to travel and perform abroad, each YOLA tour has been shaped artistically, educationally, and culturally by the cities visited and the partner organizations involved. Each year, the LA Phil chooses a select group of YOLA musicians to join the orchestra on tour and form relationships with their peers from local youth orchestras, as well as LA Phil musicians, international musicians, and top-tier educators. They hold side-by-side rehearsals, student-designed mini-conferences and seminars, and teaching-and-learning residencies at conservatories and concert halls. Locations have included: Boston, Tokyo/Fukushima, broader California, Seoul, Edinburgh, and next up this November—Mexico City and a return to London.

    The LA Phil tour is generously supported by Plascencia Universal and Michele and Dudley Rauch Touring Fund.                                                                                     

    More information about the LA Phil’s tour can be found at


    YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles)
    Through Gustavo Dudamel’s YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) program – inspired by Venezuela’s revolutionary El Sistema – the LA Phil and its community partners provide free instruments, intensive music training, and academic support to over 1350 students from vulnerable communities, empowering them to become vital citizens, leaders, and agents of change. YOLA provides students, from 6 to 18, with a strong musical and social foundation through participation in 12–15 hours of programming each week.

    With YOLA sites in South L.A., the Rampart District, Westlake/MacArthur Park, and East L.A., YOLA engages students from more than 200 schools in L.A. County. Music study is complemented by leadership development opportunities, parent workshops, and performances. YOLA’s young musicians have performed on great stages all over the world, including the LA Phil’s two iconic venues – the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall – in many other locations throughout Southern California, on national and international television broadcasts, and alongside the greatest artists.

    On August 15, 2018, the Los Angeles Philharmonic unveiled the architectural design by Gehry Partners, LLC, for its new Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center at Inglewood, the first permanent, purpose-built facility for YOLA.

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    The Gustavo Dudamel Foundation
    The Gustavo Dudamel Foundation is expanding access to music and the arts around the world by providing tools and opportunities for young people to shape their creative futures. Through education, creativity, empowerment, and social integration, young people can develop their focus, discipline, respect, and imagination—values that make better global citizens and promote social justice.

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