Ninety percent of the times when I have a conversation with a musician or a music student, I hear the same responses to my questions “why are you here, why classical music?” – “Because of the first time I was holding an instrument”, “because of my first time at a Concert Hall”, “because of my music teacher” they respond. That first contact in many instances couldn’t have been possible if not for a teacher, musician, volunteer and of course, the parents who encourage their children to explore and develop their artistic abilities.
Our work as ambassadors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra allows this. We have access to one of the most respected orchestras in the world, and that access can be used to bring music and musical education to all children in our communities. On February 19th, 2022, my daughter and I enjoyed the privilege of volunteering during the Toyota Symphonies for Youth concert. It was an eye-opening morning; I was surprised about the number of children in attendance and was impressed by their level of classical music knowledge. Composers, favorite compositions, favorite instruments, all were discussed with the kids. Affiliates in the Desert will continue to be engaged with this program and I will call for all Affiliates to enroll as volunteers. Kudos to the LA Phil for having this program!
As new protocols regarding COVID are evolving, the Hollywood Bowl is getting ready for their 100th Season Celebration. Please check the different opportunities that are available, especially for Affiliates. From Opening Night on Friday, June 3rd to Affiliates Night at the Bowl on Sunday, July 3rd, there are plenty of great events and memorable performances waiting for us to enjoy. You can find more Hollywood Bowl information on the LA Phil website: www.hollywoodbowl.com
I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome great people to leadership positions within the LA Phil Affiliates:
- Morgan Watson, LA Phil Associate Director, Special Events & Affiliates
Morgan has been selected to lead Affiliates groups as Associate Director, Special Events & Affiliates. Morgan has 12+ years of experience in special events, philanthropy and volunteer leadership with leading non-profit organizations in the performing arts and university sectors.
- Marian Hall, Incoming Affiliate Chair
Marian is an active member of the Peninsula Committee, LA Phil (PCLAP), located in the Palos Verdes area. Marian has served as the acting liaison for the Affiliates to the LA Phil Board of Directors and is a dedicated member of the Affiliate Board and Peninsula Committee Board. We are excited for a new term under Marian’s leadership as Affiliate Chair”.
- Steve Weiner, Affiliates in the Desert Board of Directors
Steve is a successful attorney and civic leader who will bring his knowledge and expertise to Affiliates in the Desert Board of Directors.
Looking forward to a great year filled with music and activities as we plan our Affiliates events. See you at the Affiliates invitational rehearsal on May 12th.
President, Los Angeles Philharmonic Affiliates in the Desert