All Schools Elementary Honor Orchestra at UCLA

Larry Newman, Music Director

Los Angeles, Calif. — A citywide student orchestra of more than 150 of the area’s brightest students from two dozen Los Angeles area elementary schools presented a one-hour program of classical and popular music at the 16th Annual All Schools Elementary Honor Orchestra Concert in UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The orchestra presented the concert twice to accommodate ticket demand with shows at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM.

The performance, produced by conductor Larry Newman, featured the children’s symphony, a jazz ensemble, a string ensemble and a student vocalist singing People with full orchestra accompaniment in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Barbra Streisand recording.

The orchestra’s annual broadcast performances from Schoenberg Hall have garnered three Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards in the Children/Youth Programming category.

“These students are exceptionally talented, and together, make music that inspires not only their parents, but also anyone in Los Angeles who is interested in music, the arts and education,” said Newman. “The honors orchestra is a diverse group of children that come together to play beautiful music in a professional concert setting. It is a shining example of the importance of music in our local schools.”

Now in its 16th year, this orchestra is the first and only collaboration of the city’s best and brightest elementary school music students.

Each child is individually selected by his/her school music teacher. Student ages range from seven to twelve, with the average age of an honor orchestra member being just ten years old. The orchestra was recently honored by City Council at Los Angeles City Hall.

Children’s Music Workshop, founded by Newman more than twenty-seven years ago, provides instrumental music instruction to schools throughout Los Angeles.The rehearsal and performance was recorded for broadcast in high definition.

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