Co-created by Richard Yongjae O'Neill, the Korean broadcaster MBC TV and SEN Media in 2012, Hello?! Orchestra is a multicultural youth orchestra project formed to raise issues of tolerance and diversity and share the powerful benefits of music education. Started in 2012 the orchestra began with 24 children from Ansan, South Korea and has grown to include more than 50 children whom perform regularly. The film tracks an international group of children, many who face difficulties because of their multicultural heritage in Korea. Their stories and O’Neill’s are shared as director Lee Cheol-ha slowly unravels the altruistic conductor’s struggle to uplift their lives through music while surfacing his own strained relationship with his father. O’Neill firmly believes that through the power of music, this youth orchestra will overcome these setbacks, just as music “saved” O’Neill.
Presented in partnership with the Santa Monica College Music Department.
Screening at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center
East Wing Music Hall (across the plaza from The Broad Stage) MEET THE ARTIST Emmy® Award winner, two-time GRAMMY® nominee and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill is this season’s Artist-In-Residence at The Broad Stage. He has appeared as soloist with the London, Los Angeles and Seoul Philharmonics, BBC, KBS and Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, and the Wurttemburg, Vienna and Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestras. A recording artist with UNIVERSAL/Deutsche Grammophon, he has made nine solo albums selling over 200,000 copies. He is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Camerata Pacifica and the Ehnes Quartet. The first violist to receive the Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, he was honored with a Proclamation from the New York City Council. As he tours the world this year, O’Neill will premier John Harbison’s Viola Sonata written for him and Molly Morkowski as well as celebrate his fifteen-year anniversary of concerts in Korea with a special appearance of the Ehnes Quartet at Seoul Arts Center.
Don't miss Richard O'Neill in person for our final show of the season, Richard O'Neill and Friends, on May 26. Learn more HERE.