Under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel and María Valverde, the Dudamel Foundation and the LA Phil will co-present Encuentros LA 2022, their first Encuentros (Encounters) in the United States, from July 19 to August 5, 2022.
Encuentros is a global music education program that explores cultural unity and celebrates harmony, equality, dignity, beauty and respect through music, with the aim of inspiring and teaching a new generation of young leaders to work to build a better world. Young musicians will also participate in community initiatives, mentorship opportunities with the national YOLA festival, and projects throughout Los Angeles, culminating in concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and UC Berkeley.
In honor of the Hollywood Bowl’s first 100 seasons, more than 100 top young musicians (ages 18-26) from the Americas and around the world—from 34 youth orchestras and El Sistema-inspired programs in 22 countries – will work side by side – alongside the Orchestra of the Encuentros.
To cap off the two-week orchestral training festival, Gustavo Dudamel, the Encuentros Orchestra, including members of YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), are joined by multi-Grammy singer, bassist and composer Esperanza Spalding, who recently won a 2022 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
Celebrating the next generation of artistic leaders, Musical Encounters with Dudamel and Esperanza Spalding will include a world premiere LA Phil commission from award-winning composer and El Sistema alum Giancarlo Castro D’Addona, concerts at the Hollywood Bowl on August 2, 2022, and in partnership with Cal Performances at the William Randolph Hearst Greek Theater at UC Berkeley on August 4, 2022.
Chad Smith, President and CEO of LA Phil and President and CEO of David C. Bohnett, said, “When Gustavo first joined us over ten years ago, we could never have predicted that YOLA, the seed he sowed at the EXPO center in South LA with just 80 students, would blossom in this – a completely interconnected and global expression of our shared values of access, inclusion and the absolute power of music to transform the lives of individuals and communities. Every aspect of our organization, from YOLA to YOLA National to our Dudamel Conducting Fellows to our musicians and audiences, is committed to Encuentros LA 2022, and we couldn’t be more excited to see it all come together on the Hollywood Bowl stage.”
During the Intensive Global Orchestral Leadership and Music Training Program, workshops and rehearsals will be led by Dudamel and LA Phil Dudamel Fellows with additional sections and masterclasses led by a faculty of LA Phil musicians and guest artists from the best orchestras around the world. , including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Opéra National de Paris, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile and the SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart.
Gustavo Dudamel, Music and Artistic Director of LA Phil and Co-Chair of the Dudamel Foundation, explained: “I have always believed that every child should have the opportunity to learn at the highest level. So this is a dream for María and me to be able to create this beautiful Encuentros, where talented young musicians from all over the world have the chance to work with some of the most incredible artists in our field. We try to build a community together based on empathy, discipline, respect and inclusion.
Dudamel Foundation Co-Chair María Valverde added: “This shared experience is not just about making music, it is the cultural, social and spiritual act of creation. Sharing conversations and experiences with these amazing role models will give us all space to experiment. and grow, and together we hope to inspire the leaders of a new generation to build a better world together.”
Professional training sessions on leadership and social change will explore the power and use of language, how to leverage social and digital media to share stories, and public education around diversity of experiences, and create pathways for a mission-driven musical career. Small group and individual meetings will encourage shared learning and professional training for young musicians to delve into a range of important issues: portfolio development, arts management, communications and public relations, and interview and networking skills.
Focusing on the idea of reciprocal mentorship, each of the Dudamel Foundation artists will be paired with YOLA National students who will serve as mentors, role models and peers. In turn, each of the Dudamel Foundation artists will be mentored by world-class teacher artists from the LA Phil and around the world.
Cultural exchange and dialogue will be encouraged through a series of public and private talks and discussions hosted by friends and colleagues, with further details to be announced.
Encuentros LA 2022 Festival Dates:
Meetings: July 19 to August 5
YOLA National Festival: July 23 to August 3
YOLA National Festival Concert WDCH (directed by Gustavo Dudamel & Dudamel Conducting Fellows): July 31
Encuentros Hollywood Bowl Concert (conducted by Gustavo Dudamel): August 2
Cal Performances at UC Berkeley: August 4
Encuentros LA 2022 concert schedule:
New work by Giancarlo Casto D’ADDONA (LA Phil commission and world premiere in LA)
esperanza SPALDING selected songs
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”
Núcleos Estaduais de Orquestras Juvenis e Infantis da Bahia (NEOJIBA)
Fundacion Musical Bravura
New Brunswick System
Fundación de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles (FOJI)
Orquesta Filarmonica Juvenil de Bogotá Foundation
National Music Center
National Institute of Music Escuela de Artes Musicales
University of Costa Rica
Fundación Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Ecuador (FOSJE)
Ministry of Culture of El Salvador
Friends of El Sistema Japan
Secretaria de Cultura de México
National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature (INBAL)
National Conservatory of Music (CNM)
Escuela Superior de Música (ESM)
National System of Musical Foment (SNFM)
Arturo Marquez Foundation
Red de Orquestas y Coros Juveniles de Panama
Faculty of Bellas Artes of the Universidad de Panama
University of Panama
Proyecto Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Asuncion-Paraguay
Symphony for Peru
Jovem Orquestra Portuguesa (JOP)
Orquestra Geração / Sistema Portugal
Sistema Scotland / Big Noise
Korea Arts and Culture Education Service (KACES)
Conservatorio Superior de Música “Eduardo Martínez Torner” (CONSMUPA)
Young Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid
Young Orquesta de Canarias
Orquesta Joven de la Symfonica de Galicia
Young Orquesta of Euskal Herria
YOLA (Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles)
Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music
System of Orquestas y Coros Juveniles and Infantiles of Uruguay
El Systema Venezuela
About the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Under the direction of Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil offers live performances, media initiatives and learning programs that inspire and strengthen communities in Los Angeles and beyond. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra is the foundation of the LA Phil’s offering, which also includes a multi-genre, multi-disciplinary presentation program and youth development programs such as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles). Performances are offered on three historic stages – Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford – as well as on various media platforms. In all of its endeavors, the LA Phil seeks to enrich the lives of individuals and communities through musical, artistic and learning experiences that resonate in our world today.
About the Dudamel Foundation
The Dudamel Foundation transforms the world through art, culture and music. Founded in 2012, our mission is to expand access to music and the arts for young people by providing tools and opportunities to shape their creative future. We believe that access to art and music is a fundamental human right in a just and peaceful society. We believe that making music encourages focus and discipline, respect for others, a spirit of collaboration, values that promote social justice and make us all better citizens of the world. We believe that young people from all economic and social backgrounds should have access to art and beauty, which is why we strive to provide young people around the world with opportunities to discover and make music and art on their own terms.
Since 2012, the Dudamel Foundation has collaborated with institutions around the world to enrich lives through cultural democracy, civic engagement and community dialogue. Inspired by Gustavo’s vision of music to unite and inspire us, the Dudamel Foundation created Encuentros (English: “Encounters”) as a path to explore cultural unity, celebrate harmony and foster equality, dignity, beauty and respect through music. The Youth Orchestral Leadership Program promotes the concept of the “Americas United”. So far, more than 500 young musicians from the Americas and Europe have participated, discovering the power of music for social change and developing leadership skills and tools they can apply in their own communities. In 2022, the Orquesta del Encuentro comes to the United States for the first time with the two-week Encuentros LA hosted by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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