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YOLA and a musical experiment in Fukushima, Japan
YOLA and a musical experiment in Fukushima, Japan

YOLA has touched down in Soma. And it is not, as might have been expected, the far side of the moon.  When 15 student musicians in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles arrived here Thursday, the expectation was to find this coastal Japanese city, which suffered some of the worst damage from the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and tsunami, a desolate place. The Los Angeles students had come to spend two days working with children in El Sistema Japan, a music education program that was set up in the wake of the catastrophe to help children cope with loss and trauma. Both it and YOLA, which Gustavo Dudamel founded in L.A. in 2007, are patterned after the...

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