With COVID cases falling in Los Angeles and vaccinations increasing, we were all excited about our return to the Hollywood Bowl with full capacity in the summer of 2021 and the LA Philharmonic's opening in the Fall of 2021. In person COPW programs have been scheduled for 2022, and I am looking forward to the upcoming philharmonic year, in person again, with so much optimism.
I believe we all benefited over the past 2 years by innovating, by finding new ways of thinking and operating, and by unleashing the tremendous creative power we all carry. Collectively we are looking at the world through a new lens—one where nothing is taken for granted, where there is a craving for collaboration, and belonging. We are emerging with a renewed purpose.
Inez Lopez, President COPW
Opening the Concert Hall to Disadvantaged Children is a cornerstone of COPW's mission.
It’s not about the orchestra. It’s not about the hall. It’s not about the games and activities. It’s about the kids, showing youngsters who are among the most vulnerable in our community that beauty still exists and the mystery of classical music is not so mysterious after all.
For more than eight years, the Committee of Professional Women (COPW), an Affiliate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic has donated tickets to youngsters residing in group homes to attend a performance of the LA Phil. These half-day events are presented eight times a year at Walt Disney Concert Hall and are a part of the LA Phil’s Symphonies for Youth concerts sponsored by Toyota. The concerts are dedicated to and designed for youngsters ages five to eleven.
COPW received a Gold Book Award from the League of American Orchestras for this program in 2008. Since that time, the number of tickets donated has increased 50 percent and in 2013 the program was expanded to include residents of domestic violence shelters. Mothers and their children are now able to attend a concert together—
many for the very first time—to experience beautiful music in a safe and welcoming environment.