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"That alone made this not only the most relevant “Messiah” in my experience but also the most historically authentic...The “Hallelujah” Chorus, played and sung by superb musicians and filled out with the richest assortment of beautiful and broken voices in the audience, soared with unimaginable power."
-Mark Swed, Music Critic
Los Angeles Times
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This year, Street Symphony truly "soared with unimaginable power."

The 2nd annual "Messiah Project", a singing event for the Skid Row community, received critical acclaim by Mark Swed, the Music Critic of the LA Times, also making the "Best Classical Music Performances of 2016". 

Messiah Project music director Dr. Zanaida Robles directs a singalong of the beloved Hallelujah Chorus at The Midnight Mission. (All photo credits - Jason Anderson).

At this year's Messiah Project, Skid Row shined. Our brilliant Composer-In-Residence, Reena Esmail, invited members of a Skid Row-based choir, Urban Voices Project, to tell their stories of resilience, courage and hope through the premiere of her new work for Street Symphony "Take What You Need". 

VIDEO: "A Performance of Handel's Messiah In A Homeless Shelter Brings Brings Hope to Skid Row" (LA Weekly). 

We were comforted and exalted by our tenor soloist, Don Garza, a Desert Storm Combat Veteran and a long-time resident of Skid Row. Don received coaching and lessons throughout the year by members of Street Symphony Chamber Singers - a vocal ensemble comprised of members of the esteemed Los Angeles Master Chorale. 

Street Symphony is bringing people together, at a time when our country is more divided then ever. As an organization, we are constantly asking ourselves, "What is the role of artists in our world?"

We tell stories. We ask questions. We build bridges.

In a world wracked with mass homelessness, mass incarceration and extreme poverty, Street Symphony is the brave and undeniable sound of social justice. It is the voice of people - world-class musicians and destitute communities, together - who show us how to belong. 

Street Symphony - comprised of leading musicians from the LA Phil, the LA Master Chorale, the Colburn School and the community of Skid Row, perform Handel's "Messiah". 

Our efforts are constantly expanding: this year, Street Symphony partnered with the Lineage Performing Arts Center of Pasadena to bring several nights of storytelling and live music in conjunction with live dance to the world-at-large. We were awarded a grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Our ranks swell with young musicians from the Colburn School and talent from Skid Row, eager to lend their voices to our cause while learning how to sustain the warmth, joy, and purpose they feel when they make music for Street Symphony. 

Street Symphony Founder and Artistic Director Vijay Gupta addresses the Skid Row community at the 2nd annual Messiah Project at The Midnight Mission. 

We are changing the lives of so many people - not just the underserved, but also ourselves. We are starting a dialogue, to understand how to be citizens. 

And now, we need your voice. We rely on your generous support to make Street Symphony a Symphony without end. Please make a tax-deductible contribution today. 

We are grateful to continue bringing music to our world. 

Vijay Gupta, MM, LHD
Violinist, Founder/Artistic Director

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