YOLA Harmony Project Goes Live at Super Bowl 50

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Student youth orchestra performs with Coldplay during the big game’s halftime show

Classical music gained some major cool points on Super Bowl Sunday when members of Harmony Project’s Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) led by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel performed during the halftime show with Coldplay.

Their instruments brightly painted in colorful psychedelic patterns, the young players, all aged 17 and under, danced out on stage with Chris Martin at the start of the show. They performed standing, jumping, feet flying, creating an energetic wall behind the band as they performed Coldplay’s hits “Viva La Vida,” “Paradise,” “Adventure of a Lifetime” and “Fix You.” By the end of the set, the orchestra cast aside their instruments and took to simply singing and cheering along, faces beaming all the while.

Watch the video here, courtesy of NFL Network:

Says Harmony Project: “This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we will never forget. Special thanks to our partners at LA Phil and EXPO Center, and to all of our donors who make Harmony Project possible!”

Inspired by Venezuela’s revolutionary El Sistema music education program, YOLA serves as a partnership of the LA Phil, Harmony Project, and the EXPO Center, a City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks facility. The LA Phil and community partners provide free instruments, intensive music training, and academic support to students from underserved neighborhoods, empowering them to become vital citizens, leaders, and agents of change.

For more information about this incredible program (and a link to donate!), please visit laphil.com/yola.

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