On the evening of February 2nd, the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) celebrated 60 years of service to the musically inclined and talented youth of Southern California, and So Cal Life Magazine was there to cover it. Throughout the years, the YMF has offered eight programs, including the Teaching Artist Program, David Weiss Scholarship Program, and the Chamber Music Series Program, but its most widely recognized one is the Debut Orchestra.
The Debut Orchestra, comprised of 15 to 25-year-olds, and one of the most prestigious training grounds for future virtuosos, was front and center during the YMF’s 60th Anniversary Gala, bedazzling the attendees during the course of a two-and-a-half-hour concert at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills. In between performances of rollicking film scores led by ace conductor Roger Kalia, including Michael Giacchino’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” as the finale, venerable musicians Glenn Dicterow and Malcolm McNab were also recognized with lifetime awards.
Dicterow, an expert violinist and former Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, sowed his incipient prowess with the YMF, and he, perhaps more than anyone in the history of the Foundation, could attest to the doors that it continues to open for many. “The programs succeed in achieving important goals,” Dicterow proudly asserted with award in hand. “This amazing organization has shaped our cultural life in L.A., and the truth is that I’m living the legacy of the YMF as a result of the incredible job due to the unwavering part of mentors and musicians,” he exclaimed.
The honoring of Malcom McNab was preceded, if not nearly exceeded, by his notable presenter, Randy Newman, who is the only person to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Newman underscored the support-instilled camaraderie provided by the YMF, which exists in comfortable contrast to the predominant learning outlet during his heyday, when, as he quipped, “musicians spent years alone in a room, like snipers, though to a much more considerably benign effect.” While lone practice is still part of the path to proficiency, budding musicians in the YMF have their peers to play off of.
McNab, arguably the greatest trumpeter to ever live, and contributor to over 2,000 TV and film scores, had more lavishly insightful praise for the YMF during his acceptance speech, stating, “the only guarantee you have in music is to love music, and the YMF gives [the youth of today] that extra opportunity they need.”
Undoubtedly, the YMF serves a multifarious function with regard to opportunity in that it not only accepts musically prodigious pupils via auditions, but also serves several elementary and middle schools throughout Los Angeles County, using the power of music to foster critical thinking skills in potentially at-risk students.
The results bloom in the eyes of the youngsters affected by the Foundation, with a love of music engendered or reinforced, and a purpose to be positively pursued to the fullest extent, either recreationally or professionally, for years to come.
YMF Contact Info: 244 S. San Pedro St., 5th Floor, Ste 506. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 617-7707, YMF.org
For upcoming events open to the public (including a Debut Orchestra Concert on Feb. 27, April 17; and a Chamber Music Series Concert on May 10) visit ymf.org/events.html for more details.
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