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What's it like to hear the L.A. Phil play your music in Disney Hall? Ask these composers, ages 16 to 18

What's it like to hear the L.A. Phil play your music in Disney Hall? Ask these composers, ages 16 to 18

Conductor Christopher Rountree stands illuminated by a spotlight on the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage. He takes a soothing breath and encourages the 2,100 middle school students seated before him to help perform John Cage’s seminal composition, “4’33”,” which requires the audience and musicians to participate in silence for four minutes and 33 seconds.

For this young audience, Rountree asks for just a minute of silence — in order to hear the music that resides within.

“Try not to perform coughing, try to perform listening,” he says after an initial attempt goes awry. “This is an incredibly difficult piece to perform. OK, everybody with their full attention on...

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