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 THE SOUL
For many women experiencing homelessness and seeking community, Skid Row can be a particularly hostile environment, and Downtown Women’s Center is the only provider organization focused on serving women in Skid Row. Every fourth Friday of the month, Street Symphony musicians and Downtown Women’s Center residents share meditative musical offerings to convene vulnerable spaces of community and conversation.
MUSIC WITH A MISSION
Monthly Performance event dedicated to The Midnight Mission (TMM) participants occurring every 4th Thursday of the month after lunch services. Performances are also open to the public, and all participants receive opportunities to connect with TMM programming and resources. Events range from classical music performances by members of the LA Philharmonic and LA Master Chorale, LA based jazz, mariachi, rock, reggae ensembles, and events highlighting collaborations with Skid Row community artists.
DRUMMING IN THE PARKS
Drumming events build community connections. Cultural exchange drives individuals to feel a sense of belonging and a connection with themselves. Public, accessible events like these Rhythm at the Refresh are the roots for building relationships, establishing comrade that flourishes with community growth. Vibrations are the catalyst which brings people together.
The rhythms of the drum are the heartbeat and universal language we speak to become one.
– Raymond Lewis, Ase Ashe Drummers
California Institution for Women (CIW)
MiDNIGHT STRINGS WORKSHOP
Women’s Voices WORKSHOP
We are delighted to announce our public concert series: the Crossroads Concerts! Meeting at the intersection of community storytelling and world-class artistic performances, these experiences aim to nourish, transform, and create a new world through music. Please join us for our upcoming events!
UPCOMING CROSSROADS CONCERT
SUNDAY | OCTOBER 1, 2023 | 6:00 PM
@ The Rosenthal Theatre of Inner City Arts
Darshan Trio (Dominic Cheli, piano; Vijay Gupta, violin; Yoshika Masuda, cello) will interweave stories and performances from artists in Los Angeles Poverty Department – members the Skid Row community – performing stories, testimony and music centered around themes of resilience. Darshan means “view, sight, vision: a beholding of a sacred object, as well as the sacred within. Another way of seeing, and being seen.”
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.