Downtown Los Angeles is home to rich cultural offerings like the Los Angeles Philharmonic — and to thousands of mentally ill and homeless people just a few blocks away on Skid Row. Those two worlds came together briefly in the basement of a mental health center. Reporter: Krissy Clark
It’s hard to say what’s more amazing about Robert Vijay Gupta.
Is it the talent we’ve come to appreciate since the violinist joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic four years ago at the age of 19?
Or is it his charitable giving?
Gupta, who happens to be a pal of mine and a great friend to my buddy Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, the Juilliard-trained musician who landed on skid row several years ago, has been giving free concerts for homeless veterans and people suffering from mental illness. And now he’s about to record his first solo CD at Disney Hall, with proceeds supporting his nonprofit Street Symphony, which introduces live classical music to those who can’t pay concert hall prices.
Gupta plans to play early and romantic European music and an Indian raga he’s written himself. If you’d like to learn more about his mission or support his CD project, check out this link.