All City School Orchestra to Feature More than 150 Elementary Student Musicians

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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The All Schools Elementary Honor Orchestra at UCLA





The All Schools Elementary Honor Orchestra at UCLA





The All Schools Elementary Honor Orchestra at UCLA
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The All Schools Elementary Honor Orchestra at UCLA

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The All Schools Elementary Honor Orchestra at UCLA




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The All Schools Elementary Honor Orchestra at UCLA



The All Schools Elementary Honor Orchestra at UCLA



Student & Teacher Win Emmy for Youth Program
by SUE PASCOE, Staff Writer, Palisades Post

Fifteen years ago, Eric Jasper played trumpet as a third grader at Marquez Elementary, where his instructor was Larry Newman. This past August, the two Palisadians won an Emmy in the Children/Youth Programming category for Newman's Children's Music Workshop's 2008 production of the All Schools Elementary Honor Orchestra, which was held on May 2.

Jasper, 26, attended Stanford and graduated with a double major in music composition and political science. He received a graduate degree in film scoring from USC. However, his education truly began in Pacific Palisades.

'Larry helped me get started in the music world,' Jasper says. 'He is a great teacher and a mentor who gave me the confidence to keep going with my music. I owe him a lot and I thought it would be a good way to reconnect with him and the music community.'

'When I learned he was starting his career as a film composer,' Newman says, 'I asked him if he'd like to do the background for my one-hour special. I told him I couldn't pay him, but that I could give him a producing credit.'

Newman also gave him artistic freedom. Jasper wrote six different musical cues for the opening, closing and transitional phases of the special.

The concert featured 130 elementary students from two-dozen Los Angeles area elementary schools. The show also included interviews with parents, students, teachers and administrators on the importance of music in the school curriculum.

Jasper played trumpet and keyboard for the special, in addition to recording the music, 'a hybrid of rock and orchestral music. I wanted to capture the inspirational tone of the production.'

This was the second Emmy for Newman, who won in 2008 and noted at the time, 'This is meaningful, since I am first and foremost a musician and a music teacher.'

This year, his special was up against KNBC's children's series, 'Yip Yap,' 'so we were quite surprised and thrilled to win,' Newman says.

'The idea for the televised show,' he continues, 'originally came a number of years ago from one of my students' parents, who was a producer and offered to tape the concert and put together a show for [cable station] LA36.' LA36 has broadcast the annual concert for the past six years.

This year was Jasper's first walk to the Emmy podium.

'It was a great feeling to be up there in front of everybody, and receive recognition for something that you've put a lot of time and effort into,' he says. 'But more than any award, my ultimate goal is to be a composer for major movies and television shows.'

Jasper has orchestrated music for two films, 'Ninja' and 'Cool Dog,' which are waiting release dates. He also arranged the music for 'Lies and Illusions,' a film which opens this month. While at USC, he served as an intern on 'Lost' under Michael Giacchino, who won a 2008 Grammy Award for Best Score, Soundtrack Album for 'Ratatouille.'

Newman and Jasper are currently completing production of the 2009 concert program.

'This year, there are more interviews with students, so I'm composing a piece of music for each kid that matches their character,' Jasper says.

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