Music making, joy, collaboration—all abundantly evident during the LA Youth Orchestra's second international tour, this time to Italy. Fifty students from all across Los Angeles performed in three dramatically different Italian venues—a modern concert hall in Cremona shaped like the inside of a string instrument, an elegant marble outdoor venue in the Tuscan spa town of Montecatini frequented at one time by Verdi and Puccini, and a grand finale in a private chapel in Rome's famous square, the Piazza Navona. Two of the concerts included Italian students. Our students joined in their music and they in ours.
We played Schubert's Unfinished, Mozart's 32nd symphony, and overtures by Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, plus my short overture titled Alternative Energy. This music was our present to Italy. But Italy gave us memories we will remember our entire lives. I want to share some images that convey the magic of this trip!