Take Two for August 19, 2013

Among the tacos and Mariachis, tiny youth orchestra blossoms in Boyle Heights

Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra

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Atziri Rodriguez plays the piccolo in the Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra.

Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra

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Jen Simone, a violin coach with the youth orchestra, waits for students to unpack their instruments before rehearsals.

Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra

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Mayte Castro packs her instrument for rehearsal. She is the first-chair violinist for the youth orchestra.

Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra

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Musicians in the Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra practice singing before taking out their instruments at rehearsal.

Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra

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Micah Layne (left) and Solomon Katz direct the Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra during the singing portion of the rehearsal. The program is taught using the Kodaly method, which encourages singing during childhood.

Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra

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Mayte's mother checks her bag to make sure everything is there before setting off for rehearsal.

Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra

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Music instructor Solomon Katz tunes the oboe for a student at the Boys and Girls Club during the group's last rehearsal before their summer concert.

Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra

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Parents of the students occupy themselves with knitting and their phones during a three-hour rehearsal of the Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra.

Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra

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Mayte Castro packs her instrument for rehearsal. She is the first-chair violinist for the youth orchestra.


Boyle Heights is home to historic Hollenbeck Park and LA's first tortilla factory, but it's probably best known for its famous Mariachi Plaza, where bands gather in elegant charro suits. Now, KPCC's Mary Plummer reports there's a new group of musicians in town.

 


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