L.A. Philharmonic, Master Chorale

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Members of the Street Symphony – comprising professionals from the L.A. Philharmonic, L.A. Master Chorale (above) and other distinguished groups – performed an emotional, affecting and often rousing concert at St. James’ Church recently. Formed four years ago, the group’s mission is to bring music to the impoverished, marginalized population at sites including Skid Row and L.A. County jails. Founder and artistic director Vijay Gupta noted, however: “This is not charity. It’s a two-way Street Symphony because sometimes we walk out with the greatest gifts.” The program, intended to spread the group’s message into the community, included works by Brahms, Bach and even a half-dozen traditional folk and gospel songs. The concert was free, although donations of socks, money and other items were collected. For more information, go to streetsymphony.org.

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