Power to the People
- By Cynthia Lum
- Photo Courtesy of LA Phil
Music has always played a vital role in social movements. Whether it’s by giving a platform to the disenfranchised or by showing us that we’re not alone in our suffering, music and art can encourage a more humanitarian view of the world and one another. Power to the People! is a month-long festival celebrating the role artists play in advancing social change and humanitarian causes. Musicians of every genre ranging from rappers to gospel singers help us to see the world as it could be. They bring injustices to light and inspire people to act. The kick-off performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on March 5th features Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil, Herbie Hancock and his band and a collaboration between both groups to highlight music of inspiration, including Hancock’s tributes to Dr. Angela Davis, “Ostinato (Suite for Angela) and Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream.”
“The extraordinary artists in this festival, each with their own unique vision of how art can change society for the better, serve as a powerful reminder that, no matter the challenges that face us, there is always hope for the future” –Gustavo Dudamel.
In addition to traditional concerts, the Power to the People festival includes free and low-cost humanities activities taking place at Walt Disney Concert Hall and venues across the city.
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