Centered in practices of relationship, renewal, re-entry, and recovery, Street Symphony presents musical programs in Skid Row built on sustained relationships and partnerships with Skid Row organizations and community individuals.
Music for Change
The Messiah Project
Since 2015, Street Symphony has partnered with The Midnight Mission to host its annual “Messiah Project,” a celebration of the resilience and stories of the Skid Row community. Centered around Handel’s beloved Messiah, The Messiah Project reflects and honors the history of the Messiah as a work of resilience. Handel’s Messiah was written in 1741, and performances during the composer’s life were dedicated to social causes, such as providing relief for incarcerated debtors and orphaned children. Using Handel’s work as the frame for a 90-minute concert event, Street Symphony’s Messiah Project is a modern adaptation of the classic work: presented in the gymnasium of TMM, Messiah Project features professional musicians from the LA Philharmonic and Master Chorale, students from the Colburn School and University of Southern California, and community musicians from Skid Row ensembles.
Presented Annually since 2019, Street Symphony has partnered with The Midnight Mission to host its “Block Party”, an open air music festival presented in the heart of Skid Row. “Block Party” features a festival line-up of professional Los Angeles based ensembles, as well as Skid Row community artists, and features a diverse range of musical traditions, from Mariachi, Reggae, Rock and Roll, Afro-Cuban, Traditional West African Drumming, Jazz, and Classical. In addition to the musical performances, “Block Party” includes a lunch service for around 2000 individuals, and hosts Skid Row community provider and arts agency pop ups.