South LA Youth Orchestra to Perform at Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles students will share a stage with Coldplay, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars.

In a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the youth of South Los Angeles will perform in front of millions alongside a handful of Grammy winners at Super Bowl 50’s halftime show.
The Youth Orchestra Los Angeles is slated to take the stage with its conductor, Grammy winner and LA Philharmonic Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil announced Thursday. The program’s EXPO students will join headlining act Coldplay as well as Beyoncé and Bruno Mars.
The group, comprised of South LA youth aged 6 to 18, will travel up to the Bay Area for the Feb. 7 event and perform live in front of more than 75,000 fans in Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium, as well as millions of viewers across the U.S.

Before landing the halftime show, YOLA has performed to audiences at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Dudamel, who nabbed a Grammy for Best Orchestra Performance in 2012 and contributed to the score for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," hopes YOLA’s performance in Santa Clara will inspire others.

"When we play, it will be for the youth of the world so they can be inspired to create both a better life for themselves and a better future," Dudamel said in a written statement.

Since 2007, YOLA has provided free instruments and after-school support for musical and academic pursuits to more than 700 students in South LA, the Rampart District and East LA.

Correction: An earlier version of this article included a photo that misidentified the subject as Gustavo Dudamel.

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