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Midnight Mission Quartet Concert

  This afternoon, Vijay Gupta and the Chrome Quartet filled the air with beautiful music for an appreciative room at Midnight Mission.  Starting off the concert with a fresh rendition of Bach’s “Prelude” from the E Major Partita, Vijay instantly focused the energy in the room:   Street Symphony founder Vijay Gupta performs Bach for the audience   After the dazzling four-minute piece, Vijay took a few questions and explained some of the finer points of playing a stringed instrument:     After this Q&A, the Chrome Quartet took over the stage, first with a quick movement from Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and a set of pop tunes of Taylor Swift, Cold Play, Maroon 5, The Beatles and Katy Perry:   Chrome Quartet violinists Lindsay Deutsch, Luanne Homzy and violist Zachary Dellinger   After this, cellist Tao Ni took center stage and stunned the audience with a movement from Zoltán Kodály’s Cassado Suite:   Chrome Quartet cellist Tao Ni     Following the solo cello, Chrome’s two violinists Luanne Homzy and Lindsay Deutsch whipped up an estival storm and wowed the crowd with the Presto of Vivaldi’s “Summer,” the toastiest of his Four Seasons:   Feeling the heat of Vivaldi between violinists Luanne Homzy and Lindsay Deutsch   Finishing up the concert was an arrangement by Homzy of Lady Gaga’s “Applause.”  Without doubt, the applause for the group gave even Lady Gaga a run for her money, with cheers and a standing ovation.  

Midnight Mission Jazz Concert

    On this sunny afternoon in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, around eighty-five of us enjoyed a jazz concert at the Midnight Mission.  The tunes coaxed out of the instruments knew few bounds, wafting through the building and into the nearby courtyard as many in the audience hummed, sang, and smiled throughout the generous set lasting more than an hour.

Peter Gabriel meets Kinshasa

Today, a group of translators and sixteen members of the Kinshasa Symphony wound their way up the Pacific Coast to rehearse and record “In Your Eyes” with Peter Gabriel, culminating in a benefit to raise funds to bring the entire group (almost 200 musicians strong!) back to the U.S.