At 4:30 a.m. Friday morning, more than 40 members of Youth Orchestra of Salinas (YOSAL) will board a bus with a dozen chaperones and music director Juan Felipe Molano to attend a special gathering of orchestras in Santa Barbara. They were invited to participate in a joint workshop and concert that will include 100 elementary school musicians from the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles at HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles) and 70 students from the iCan Music Program in Santa Barbara.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for these California-based El Sistema-inspired programs to learn from one another and to …

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