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L.A. Philharmonic's Youth Orchestra Los Angeles strikes chord in city
L.A. Philharmonic's Youth Orchestra Los Angeles strikes chord in city

Vivian Trejo practices the French horn above a row of bodegas on a broken street. She opens her score sheet. A boy hollers in the alley, a plane skims the haze beyond her window. She presses her lips to a silver mouthpiece, blows through coiled steel and imagines, depending on the music, walking in a field or wandering through a war. "Music lets you escape," said, Vivian, 13, who lives with her Guatemalan-born parents in a small apartment west of downtown L.A. "I was scared I wasn't meant to be with this instrument. I failed at many things. In dance, I couldn't get my position right. In theater, I was the shy one, scared of the stage. But in the orchestra you can...

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