LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — It is many professional musicians or singers’ dream to perform at the Super Bowl. On Sunday, a local youth orchestra is getting that chance of a lifetime to shine before more than 100 million people around the world.
The Youth Orchestra Los Angeles or YOLA will be performing with Coldplay at Super Bowl 50.
CBS2/KCAL was there as the young musicians met Coldplay’s lead singer, Chris Martin, for the first time.
“We heard about you guys and YOLA, and we thought it would a great way to start this halftime with loads of cool young musicians from California,” Martin told members of the orchestra. Many of whom are from Los Angeles’ most under-privileged communities.
The person conducting the youth orchestra is Gustavo Dudamel, the maestro of the L.A. Philharmonic and Walt Disney Concert Hall.
He said it is incredible to be performing at the big game. “The Super Bowl is the event of the year. For them to participate, this is historic,” said the Venezuela native. “This is life-changing. It’s changing their life. And at the same time, the children that will be watching, they will dream more.”
For the president and CEO of the L.A. Philharmonic Deborah Borda, her work with YOLA has been a labor of love. And as YOLA’s 10th anniversary approaches, she said it’s gratifying to know the eyes of the world will be on the talented young musicians.
“It’s about how music turns you and makes you into a great human being, a great citizen because the orchestra is a perfect metaphor for working together. A hundred people having to work together to achieve something, And they do,” Borda said.
The kids have been up in Santa Clara all week for final rehearsals. Until showtime, the young musicians of YOLA will practice and practice some more.
After the big game, there will be a party on Monday to welcome the young musicians home.