On Sunday, August 21, 2016 LAMusArt hosted its very first POPS Concert, featuring its tuition free music enrichment programs: the jazz ensemble, choir, and youth orchestra!
Friends, family, and the East Los Angeles community were invited to LAMusArt’s courtyard for refreshments, and a lovely evening featuring tunes from Harry Potter, Disney, and Frank Sinatra. Different generations of music enthusiasts gathered and listened in on the hard work and dedication of LAMusArt’s students with direction by LAMusArt’s new Ensemble Music Director, Austin Chanu.
The LAMusArt jazz ensemble opened the show with “Take the A train” arranged by Music Director, Austin Chanu, followed by the Choir greeting the audience with “Good Morning”, and the youth orchestra closing with “American in Paris.” Audience members listened with open ears as they were able to connect the music performed with their own memories vocalizing the film from which the music was drawn. Music Director, Austin Chanu would then offer some words bridging memories with a pinch of music history deepening the audience’s connection to the music.
In addition, LAMusArt’s POPs Concert sought to spark interest in youth music enthusiasts who would like to audition for one of LAMusArt’s tuition free programs. Students who are interested in developing their singing skills through comprehensive vocal training are welcomed to audition for the choir, and perspective musicians are welcome to sit in on an ensemble rehearsal before registering.
Thank you to the Colburn Foundation, Eastside Arts Initiative, and California Arts Council for their support in funding and presenting LAMusArt’s tuition free programs. The POPs Concert would not have been possible without the unconditional work and support from LAMusArt staff, parents, and teaching artist support. For more information on tuition free programs, please visit our schedule.