The Ebell Theater is going to be brimming with music on Sunday April 26th when the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) takes the stage with the Ebell Chorale to put on a world-class symphonic performance to benefit two well-deserved groups: the youth orchestra and the Ebell Club’s Restoration Fund.
The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles provides youth in urban areas the opportunity to learn and perform the great orchestral music of the world, providing advanced study and an opportunity to perform to Los Angeles youth aged 10-25. Featured in the afternoon program will be Jordan Daniels, a UCLA piano performance major, who will perform the Warsaw Concerto by Richard Addinsell.
Director Charles Dickerson founded the ICYOLA in 2009 to provide a professional experience to talented youth and the orchestra is now made up of about 60 middle-school, high school and college students, most of African-American descent.
“We don’t do watered down music,” Dickerson told the Larchmont Buzz. “These kids are playing professionally on incredible stages.” The Orchestra has performed for First Lady Michelle Obama, and as part of the dedication ceremonies for the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and at Disney Hall here in LA, among other venues.
The orchestra will perform works by Mozart, Bach, Stravinsky, Holst and Gershwin. A varied program includes world premiere’s of three pieces by Dickerson which feature poetry by Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou set to music and sung by soprano soloists, as well as the Ebell Chorale and Women of the ICYOLA Chorus performing a varied program including Gershwin’s “Summertime”.
“In Unison: Serving the Future, Preserving the Past” will be preceded by a pre-concert reception for those buying VIP tickets. Proceeds from the event will benefit both the ICYOLA and its After-School and Literacy programs, and the Ebell Restoration Fund that supports the painting, renovation and art restoration of the historic Ebell Club.
“It’s going to be an outstanding event,” event Chair Jane Martin told the Larchmont Buzz. “Plus it will benefit both organizations – in restoration of the Ebell and providing support to the youth orchestra program. It’ll be a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.”
Tickets are available from Ebell Event Tickets online.
SPONSORED POSTIn Unison: Serving the Future, Preserving the Past Wilshire Ebell Theatre 4401 W 8th St, LA 90005 Sunday, April 26, 2015 Reception: 1:30 pm Performance: 3 pm