Youth Orchestra LA gets a home in Inglewood

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The new Judith and Thomas L. Beckman YOLA Center opens directly onto South La Brea. City planners see it has a new anchor in downtown Inglewood. Photo by Charles White for LA Phil.

The LA Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) is opening a permanent space for classes in September. Famed architect Frank Gehry remodeled an old bank building in Inglewood to be the program’s center. Mayor James T. Butts hopes the program and building will be an anchor for the community, offering intensive after-school music training to high schoolers.