Monday, December 7, 2015

John Malveaux: Maestro Zanaida Robles conducted Street Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Singers in Handel's Messiah, Dec. 4, 2015 in Midnight Mission Gym, L. A. Skid Row

Zanaida Robles

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Maestro Zanaida Robles conducted the Street Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Singers  during a joyful performance of Handel's Messiah, December 4, 2015 in the Midnight Mission gymnasium, downtown Los Angeles Skid Row area.

John Malveaux

Excerpt From Project Messiah Preview

We are thrilled to announce that for the first time ever, Street Symphony will present a performance of Handel’s beloved oratorio, “The Messiah” on Skid Row, at The Midnight Mission, on Friday, December 4, 2015 from 2 pm to 4 pm in our Gym.  Everyone is invited to lend their voices to this history making event. Residents of the Skid Row community in our audience will be invited to sing alongside the newly formed Street Symphony Chamber Singers, comprised of members of the LA Master Chorale. We are also delighted to have partnered with the Urban Voices Project, a Skid Row singing project, as well as the City of Angels Community Choirs.

We need support in various ways.  Volunteer: We need help passing out water bottles, setting up chairs, and handing out hygiene kits. For more information, please contact Ilene Gregorio at gregorio.irene@gmail.comAttend event:  Please let us know if you would like to attend. The VIPs of this event are the members of the Skid Row community and your presence shows your support and brings recognition to our amazing community of people.   And lastly, share this message.  There is no cost for this event and all are welcome to attend.

Today, Skid Row is the epicenter of the homeless capital of the United States. 10,000-15,000 people may sleep on the streets of downtown Los Angeles on any given night. The overwhelming numbers of people experiencing mental illness are preyed upon by open drug trade, but also face the revolving door of mass incarceration, as the de-facto treatment of mental illness is incarceration. These communities comprise the audiences of Street Symphony.

In the course of the last 4 years, the distinguished musicians of Street Symphony have presented nearly 180 free, live musical engagements with the Los Angeles community, presenting events in Skid Row, the greater Los Angeles Area and the LA County Jails. They bring jazz.  They bring gypsy music. They bring the works of Schumann, Schubert and Mendelssohn.  They bring music to lift up the brave stories and voices of people who, although living in an impoverished situation, are in no way impoverished in spirit. 

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Thank you for posting this. It was the most amazing experience I've ever had as a conductor.  Sincerely,  Zanaida  Zanaida Robles, DMA

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