Performing arts organizations have, by necessity, cancelled or postponed performances and even entire seasons. Schools have had to go predominantly on-line with their teaching. But what would an orchestra do if one of their main priorities is to give student musicians a chance to play and perform with professionals? That’s precisely the challenge that Carlo Ponti, Music and Artistic Director of Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra, has faced during the pandemic.
Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra (LAV) has a mission statement that reads: “LAV’s mission is to serve as a catalyst in supporting music education through collaborative partnerships with the community, schools, agencies, and other arts organizations, and by allocating 100% of net income from performances to support and develop the study of music.”