“I went to prison for 30 years and 44 days…A light came on for me and I followed that light. This is a place to transition, not just from a cell to a room to an apartment somewhere, but to transition from who you are and undo the monster that you had become – and step up and take your divine and rightful place and move into the future with dignity. For that I am grateful.”
– De, musician and participant, “Music for Change” – a weekly program for men in reentry from incarceration at the Weingart Center Association in Skid Row.
Since 2011, the work of Street Symphony has been to lift up and illuminate the voices of the most disenfranchised citizens in Los Angeles County. By harnessing the power of music as a catalyst for human connection, Street Symphony ensembles, comprised of renowned musicians and ensembles, present nearly 100 events each year in Skid Row shelters, clinics, and county jails. The response is overwhelming: in that glorious moment of music, a deep and transcendent humanity is reclaimed – for our audiences and for our performers.
Whether we’re performing Handel at a homeless shelter, Mariachi and Reggae on the streets of Skid Row, or leading choral workshops in prisons and county jails, Street Symphony is a promise to show up to a community, and to be in relationship to each other through the power of music.
When we make music at Street Symphony, there is no ‘us and them’ – performers and audiences are unified in the message of the music we share. In that moment, we are all just people – sometimes broken, sometimes joyful – always human. That is the Street Symphony promise to our audiences in clinics, shelters, county jails and prisons – to show up to our humanity, no matter what.
Your commitment to Street Symphony becomes our commitment to the communities we serve and love through music. You help us keep our promise to keep showing up – one person, one program, one relationship at a time.
You can show your support by making a donation online, or by sending a physical check to PO Box 86027, Los Angeles, CA 90086. Thank you for joining us.