Help make Street Symphony a symphony without end
Five years ago, in the basement conference room of a Skid Row mental health clinic, four musicians played a Beethoven string quartet and some carols. The audience was 50 clients of the Department of Mental Health, residents of the streets of Los Angeles, battling addiction and chronic homelessness, often caught in the grip of mental illnesses.
Over one hundred and eighty events later – engagements with people in jails and shelters and clinics all over Los Angeles – these same four musicians were joined by an exultant, resounding ‘symphony’ in the heart of Skid Row. A gathering of near 60 voices and instruments – some of the very greatest in this city – brought Handel’s glorious “Messiah” to the Midnight Mission. Street Symphony also presented collaborative workshops with the Skid Row community, inviting people to sing with us. They blew us away with their passion, their stories, and their hearts.
Street Symphony’s “Messiah Project”, supported by the California Arts Council, was recognized by The New Yorker as one of the ‘Top Ten Notable Performances of 2015’ by acclaimed music critic Alex Ross. We’ve come a long way. We have a long way to go. We need your support. Your voice needs to be part of the conversation.
Music creates a space for people too often neglected in our world. Music allows us to acknowledge the spaces within ourselves that we neglect as well. Street Symphony connects those two places. Music is about the stories of people: of composers and creators, the musicians who bring that art to life, and those who receive, listen, and are moved. Music teaches us that we share our humanity – and that music is justice.
We are called to many places. Street Symphony is needed for incarcerated youth at Juvenile Hall. For Veterans with PTSD. For homeless, pregnant moms. We want to receive, lift up, and share their brave, powerful, resilient stories. We want to tell them that their voices matter: their lives matter. We want to tell them that we’re here to stay.
Help make Street Symphony a symphony without end, a symphony in giving and receiving the beauty and humanity of others. Help us become an organization where important, necessary, and vulnerable conversations can happen. Please support us by making tax-deductible contribution today. No gift is too small.
Join us in bringing music to our world.
Vijay Gupta, MM, LHD
Founder, Artistic Director