By Russell Zazueta
The Los Angeles Philharmonic is collaborating with Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis to bring to East Los Angeles College the “Free Neighborhood Concert” slated for Saturday, Nov. 25 in the Ingalls Auditorium.
According to the LA Phil’s website (LAPhil.com), the LA Phil performs “Neighborhood Concerts” free of charge every year at schools, churches and local community venues in neighborhoods underrepresented in its audience.
“I am excited that the Los Angeles Philharmonic is bringing their renowned musical talents to East LA College with a free neighborhood concert,” Solis said. “Bringing arts to every corner of the County and ensuring every Angelino has access to world-class music is critical.”
ELAC Music Department Chairperson Dr. Anthony Lupica agrees that the “Free Neighborhood Concert” will bring more exposure to Elans unfamiliar with the live music experience of an orchestra.
“Events like this are important to help build future audiences. If people aren’t exposed, how will they know about it?” Lupica said.
Conductor Jonathon Heyward will be leading the LA Phil orchestra for the first time since his recent acceptance into the LA Phil’s 2017/2018 Dudamel Fellowship Program.
Heyward is enthusiastic about the concert’s program, which will include great works like Glinka’s “Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture,” Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy” and Stravinsky’s “The Firebird Suite (1919).”
“These are very illustrative music pieces. The (audience) can sit back and come up with their own stories,” Heyward said.
Admission is free. All tickets for the “Free Neighborhood Concert” must be reserved by phone.
The East Los Angeles District Office is asking people to pick up their reserved tickets at 4801 Third St. Los Angeles, Ca. 90022 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Elans who are interested in bringing family and friends, reservations are limited to six per person.
The“Free Neighborhood Concert” performance will be from 7 p.m to 8 p.m. Seating is general admission, so people are encouraged to arrive early for the best seats. After 6:50 p.m., all unoccupied seats will be made available to a waiting list at the front door, so it’s important to be on time.
Free parking will also be available on campus in the D1 parking structure and S4 parking structure.
For ticket reservations and more information, call the East Los Angeles District Office at (323) 881–4601.
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I went to the performance last night at ELAC and I throughly enjoyed the performances.