While saddened about the sudden cancellation of our Meet the Music educational concert on March 13th — due to the coronavirus pandemic —we are excited to announce the first-ever broadcast of a previously recorded Meet the Music concert.

For the last two decades, LACO’s Meet the Music program has presented classroom visits followed by an interactive, discussion-based concert featuring LACO musicians and artists. The format of the series has now been augmented by composer and Artist-Educator Derrick Spiva Jr. to better serve the evolving communities of Los Angeles County by increasing the amount of in-classroom instruction and interaction at the concert experience.

Our Interactive and Innovative approach

A specially curated program of classical and new music lies at the center of the program. A wider swathe of genres and composers ⁠— including new works by Derrick Spiva Jr. and Composer Teaching Artist Fellows Nicholas Bentz, Gabrielle Rosse Owens and Gillian Rae Perry  ⁠— are featured at the educational concert.  We will be streaming the broadcast at laco.org/broadcasts on Monday, April 27th at 10:00 AM (PDT) and streamed on-demand at laco.org/on-demand after airing.

“This approach … allows us to focus on specific pieces in a more interactive and innovative way. [The students] will be able to explore, ask questions and stimulate ideas, enhancing the impact of their experience with music,” says composer and LACO Artist-educator Derrick Spiva Jr.

Meet the Music at Zipper Hall
Meet the Music fosters listening skills, encourages collaborative involvement and sparks creative innovation through a docent-led classroom visit followed by an interactive, discussion-based concert featuring our own musicians and artists.

The Classroom Composers Project

Meet The Music is also expanding with a uniquely immersive and creative initiative: The Classroom Composers Project. This new part of the curriculum teaches the foundations of composition and encourages students to work with their peers to unlock creativity. The project involves an hour-long, in-classroom visit by a Composition Teaching Artist Fellows, where students are guided through exercises and games that culminate in the creation of their own mini-composition.

These final mini-compositions, written by the classrooms, are performed at Meet the Music concerts, and played by LACO musicians.

“[Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra]  gave us a great, great gift with that process.  The students loved playing around with Nick [Bentz] and the music,” wrote Hoover Street Elementary School Music Teacher Paula Van Houten after the first Meet The Music concert of the season. “Hearing it transformed into Nick’s beautiful music for the LACO musicians in concert was very moving.  I was pretty tear-eyed myself.”

“Hearing it transformed into Nick’s beautiful music for the LACO musicians in concert was very moving.  I was pretty tear-eyed myself.”
— Music Teacher Paula Van Houten

Through this digital broadcast and redesigned educational outlook, LACO aims to further augment our educational initiatives to better meet the ever-evolving needs of students.

For the LACO community

To find out how you can support LACO’s educational initiatives, please visit https://www.laco.org/support/.

MEET THE MUSIC ⁠— INTERACTIVE EDUCATIONAL CONCERT

We are excited to announce a LAC) AT HOME broadcast of a previously recorded Meet the Music concert from fall 2019. We will be streaming on Monday, April 27 at 10:00 A.M. (PDT).