Dec. 16 at Salvation Army Siemon Center
On Dec. 16, the American Youth Symphony (AYS) and the Watts-Willowbrook Music Academy will present a free community concert called Harmony in our Community: A Festive Musical Celebration. The concert will be performed at 11 a.m. at the Salvation Army Siemon Community Center, 7651 S. Central Ave., in South LA.
The concert will feature the AYS String Quartet and the Watts-Willowbrook Music Academy in a performance of cherished holiday classics including music from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” compositions by Bach and Ennio Morricone, and more. After the concert, attendees can enjoy an instrument petting zoo, and complimentary refreshments will be provided.
Featured musicians from AYS in the “Harmony in our Community” concert include Alison Mills and Justin Pham, violin; Lonardo Santi, viola, and Angela Marvin on cello.
AYS is partnering with Los Angeles-based nonprofits to bring free classical music performances into community spaces. These concerts represent AYS’ ongoing commitment to community engagement, social equity and inclusion, by showcasing diverse repertoire and fostering positive exchange through evolving forms of music.
Participating AYS musicians also learn citizen musicianship: how access to classical music fosters community and connectivity. These community concerts are made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.