LA EVENTS: The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles

The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) proudly presents A Season Ending Concert, featuring a tribute to Whitney Houston, Trayvon Martin, Kendrec McDade and all other similarly situated young men. This event will also feature a performance of a Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber; Meditation from Thais by Jules Massenet, performed by concertmaster Jordan Busa; and Piano Concerto No. 1 in Db by Sergio Prokofiev, performed by pianist Ferre Hodges.

Events details are as follows:

ICYOLA, Sunday, July 8th at 3 pm, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 1st and Grand Streets, Downtown Los Angeles

Tickets are available as follows: Orchestra $40/Terrace $35/Orchestra East & West $30/Terrace East & West $25/Orchestra View & Terrace View $20/ Balcony $15 – 50% of the ticket price is tax deductible.

For tickets, visit or call 1-800-838-3006. To learn more about ICYOLA, visit

Remembering Whitney Houston

My generation is deep in thought as we try to understand why we keep losing some of the greatest icons of our era. The sudden death of Whitney Houston has shook the music industry to its core, and fans across the world have questions and desire answers.

So much can be said about Whitney and in spite of the drama that surrounded the last third of her life, she will always be remembered for having a voice that changed the landscape of pop and R&B music. Whitney was a true singer with a church-trained voice that could bring one to tears. More that that, she was model beautiful at the height of her career. Many of us 80’s babies dreamed we would grow up and become Whitney Houston and marry Michael Jackson. Through our lens they were the living definition of superstardom.

In honor of Whitney, we have compiled our favorite selections from her vast discography and placed them here for your listening pleasure:

Rest in paradise, Whitney. You are already missed.