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LAMusArt Music Ensembles Showcase Holiday Pieces at Winter Holiday Concert

LAMusArt’s annual Winter Holiday Concert was held at the East Los Angeles Performing Arts Center on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 3:00pm in the afternoon. The Winter Holiday Concert showcased and celebrated the hard work of our student ensembles; the Choir, the Jazz Ensemble, the Youth Orchestra, and the MOPP String Students (from KIPP LA Schools). These music ensembles are offered tuition-free to all students, and the ensembles collectively serve 122 students a month. 

The performance began with the LAMusArt Jazz Ensemble, led by Ensembles Director, Austin Chanu. The Jazz Ensemble, consisting of 9 students, performed an array of pieces by Miles Davis, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, and Vince Guaraldi (all arranged by Chanu). 

The Music Outreach Partnership Program (MOPP) students (our largest tuition-free program, with over 30 students enrolled) performed next, bringing to life the music of Shinihi Suzuki and other folk songs such as “Lightly Row” and “Song of the Wind.” The MOPP students were directed by long-time LAMusArt instructor, Timothy Maloof. 

Following the MOPP students’ performance, the newly reinstated LAMusArt Choir performed a slate of five holiday classics, including “My Favorite Things,” and “Happy Happy Holidays.” The students were directed by Chanu and accompanied by Brendan White. This was the Choir’s second performance of the weekend!

Last but certainly not least, our Youth Orchestra, directed by Chanu with the help of sectional coaches, performed “The Christmas Song,” by Mel Torme (arranged by Mark Hayes), featuring student soloists Adrianna Ortega, and Laura Flores. The Show ended with the Youth Orchestera’s rendition of the Nutcracker Suite.

The program hosted over 175 guests, and ran for approximately 70 minutes. The event was sponsored by our generous supporters at the Colburn Foundation, Eastside Arts Initiatve and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. 

Thank you to all who attended and continue to support our programs. Please visit for more information about our tuition-free music programs. 

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Jazz Ensemble led by Music Ensemble Director Austin Chanu


Choir led by Austin Chanu


MOPP String Students led by Timothy Maloof


Youth Orchestra led by Austin Chanu with soloists Laura Flores and Adriana Ortega


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