Street Symphony: Showing Up for Underserved Communities

December 9, 2014 10:45 PM

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I recently had the opportunity to interview Vijay Gupta, the artistic director and founder of Street Symphony, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating live, free, on-site musical experiences of the highest artistic quality for people experiencing incarceration and homelessness in Los Angeles County. Street Symphony ensembles perform at LA County Jails and homeless shelters in downtown Los Angeles, as well as at public events for the community-at-large with the goal to raise awareness for issues of mental health, incarceration, and homelessness.

Julie Ingram: What gave you the idea to start Street Symphony? Vijay Gupta: My colleague, Mitch Newman at the LA Phil, had done a concert series in Long Beach at a mental health association called The Village, an organization with a leading restorative justice type model to homelessness. Just amazin...

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