Dear Friends of Southwest Chamber Music:
I am very excited to announce a major expansion of our community outreach and education programs, which I hope you will support with a donation this season.
Music Unwrapped, our free series of informal performances, will be "popping up" again this fall and winter at community sites all across Los Angeles, from the Pasadena Senior Center to Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro. Members of our Grammy AwardŽ-winning ensemble will play a remarkably diverse array of fascinating new works by composers from all over the world, and engage audiences in discussions about the music, their instruments, and how they prepare new music for performance. If you've never participated in one of these interactive concerts, which break down the traditional barriers between musician and audience, you're in for a treat. Click here for details.
All this is leading up to the next Los Angeles International New Music Festival, which will be the centerpiece of our 2014-15 season.
We are also continuing to expand our nationally-recognized, in-depth music education programs for low- and middle-income public school students in Pasadena, Glendale, Alhambra and Los Angeles. More than 400 middle and high school musicians will receive weekly coaching from Southwest musicians through the Mentorship Program and another 1,400 students will be introduced to the music of their time through over 25 Project Muse in-school concerts.
As one of our partner teachers recently said, "There are no programs like these anywhere else in this community. My students are amazed by the brilliant playing of Southwest's musicians and inspired by their dedication and commitment to teaching them."
I hope you will be inspired also to make a gift to these vital programs. Thank you for your support!
Jan Karlin, Executive Director