Contact: Katie Boone
Phone: (818) 433-7600
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES, CA – This past March, after months of preparation, the game plan was finally set to go into motion for Education Through Music-Los Angeles’s 10th Annual Music Unites the World Festival. Students spent weeks — countless hours — diligently rehearsing their songs for the special moment when they would come together with their peers from across LA County. They were brimming with excitement for March 11th and 12th!
ETM-LA staff had begun load-in at Cal State LA, the 2020 festival venue, when word arrived that all outside events taking place on campus were immediately cancelled for the foreseeable future. Everyone involved was heartbroken, and ETM-LA was devastated to have to tell over 1,000 students and parents that the festival was called off.
The annual festival is a tradition that celebrates the joy of making music together and the ability of music to unite any and every one. Students from ETM-LA partner schools across Los Angeles County come together for two days of community building, music making, and training from professional educators, musicians, and celebrities. This is a truly unique experience for the children involved, who would otherwise not have such an opportunity.
Despite the cancellation, ETM-LA’s drive to hold this festival has never wavered. Maya from Rio Vista Elementary observes, “In trying times, supporting one another and attempting to understand one another is vital to moving forward. Music is one of the most simple and beautiful ways to do this.” Now, as everyone has settled into the new normal and virtual connection has become the answer during this time of Safer at Home, the solution is obvious. The virtual show must go on!
Education Through Music-Los Angeles is premiering its 10th Annual Music Unites the World Festival on Facebook Live and YouTube on Friday, May 22nd at 5pm PST (with an encore showing on Saturday, May 23rd at 2pm PST). Hosted by Actor/Musician Ricardo Hurtado (Malibu Rescue) and Singer/Actress Bridget Barrera (Wizards of Waverly Place), this year’s virtual festival will include student performances, award-winning essays, interactive music activities — including a percussion class from Arthur Thompson (Dave Koz) and a sing-along! — and the first-ever ETM-LA virtual choir performance.