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Young Musicians Foundation:
WHAT: Famed composer John Williams has selected the Young Musicians Foundation's Annual Gala Concert for the orchestral premiere of pieces from his recent film scores for: The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse, both directed by Steven Spielberg and opening in theaters this Christmas. This performance by YMF's Debut Orchestra will be the first time these film score selections have been played outside of the recording studio!
Reflecting its 'Celebrating the YMF Legacy' theme, the 57th Annual Gala Concert will offer a varied and exciting repertoire of classical and contemporary compositions. In total, five guest conductors will lead YMF Debut Orchestra's 70 talented musicians, ages 15-25, and 20-plus local alumni.
WHO: The Debut Orchestra is the flagship program of the Young Musicians Foundation and is one of the oldest and most successful pre-professional training orchestras in the country. Debut Orchestra alumni are members of Los Angeles Philharmonic and many other orchestras in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Two honorees will receive awards at the Gala: YMF's Humanitarian Award will be presented to Lawrence N. Field, founder and principal of NSB Associates and long-time YMF board member in recognition for his support of the Los Angeles community and in particular of a young person's artistic training. David Weiss, YMF alumnus celebrating 50 years of involvement with YMF, will receive the inaugural Living the Legacy Award, presented to alumni who embody the spirit and vision of the YMF.
In addition to John Williams, renowned guest conductors performing at the Gala concert include Richard Kaufman, Teddy Abrams, Joey Newman and YMF alumnus Michael Tilson Thomas.
WHEN: The Gala Concert will take place Sun., Jan. 15, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
WHY: Young Musicians Foundation: All proceeds from the Gala will benefit children and youth ages 8-25 who receive music education, scholarships, pre-professional musical training and performance opportunities.
Other YMF programs include the Music Director and Conductor-in-Residence post, one of the most prestigious training positions available to young conductors. Renowned conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, André Previn, Lawrence Foster and Daniel Hege have each held this position. YMF also provides music mentorship and harp instruction in the Lennox School District and classical music experiences to elementary and high school students in the greater Los Angeles area.