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Season 2 - EP6

Weezer with the LA Phil & YOLA

The LA rock band gives a special performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Runtime - 13 mins

  • Performance
  • Gallery
  • Interview

About the episode

The LA-based icons collaborate with members of the LA Phil and YOLA on performances of songs from "OK Human" and "Weezer" (The Blue Album). Plus, singer Rivers Cuomo catches up with an old friend—the LA Phil’s Akiko Tarumoto.

  • Weezer poses for the camera.

  • Weezer’s Rivers sings from the piano.

  • Brian Bell from Weezer in action

  • Weezer’s bass player Scott Shriner adds to the vocals.

  • LA Phil string players behind Weezer’s drummer, Patrick Wilson

  • The LA Phil’s violinist Jin-Shan Dai makes a note in his part.

  • David Cook up the organ loft behind the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage

  • Behind the scenes for the session

  • Production essentials

  • Nathan Cole, First Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

  • Weezer’s Brian Bell on B3 in the background, while Rivers Cuomo strums guitar

  • Social distancing on the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage

  • Members of the LA Phil in position behind Weezer

  • Musicians at full tilt, with Rob Mathes conducting

Alumni reunite and rock out at Walt Disney Concert Hall

YOLA and Weezer Make History

Four YOLA alumni—Fabiola Marinero (violin), Yuriko Imada (violin), Samantha Rosas (viola), and Zenaida Aparicio (cello)—joined members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Weezer for an historic Sound/Stage performance capture this spring.

As veterans of the YOLA program, they are no strangers to the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage or performing alongside world-renowned musicians. For them, what was most impactful about the day was reuniting with their friends on stage for the first time in more than a year….

“Playing music with my friends made me remember why I loved performing and playing music. Getting to share this moment with some of my closest friends made the whole experience more memorable.”

—Yuriko Imada

“You could the feel how happy everyone was to see each other. The last time I played in the Hall was actually during my high school graduation and now I am graduating from undergrad. It felt like a full circle moment!”

—Samantha Rosas

“I was both thrilled and terrified to work with other musicians again after being quarantined for what felt like an eternity. I had so much fun working in person again and it made me feel hopeful about the current situation; it was really nice to see how we are slowly adapting and trying to make things work.”

—Fabiola Marinero

We thank Yuriko, Samantha, Fabiola, and Zenaida—four exceptionally talented artists among the thousands of dedicated musicians who have studied music in YOLA throughout its 15-year history.

  • Credits

    An LA Phil Media Production LA Phil Media is supported by the David C. Bohnett Discovery and Innovation Fund

    Gustavo Dudamel Music & Artistic Director

    Directed by George Elizondo and Vincent Adam Paul

    FEATURING Weezer

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC Members of YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles)

    Orchestra arranged and conducted by Rob Mathes


    SOUND DESIGN Audio Engineers: Fred Vogler and Sergey Parfenov Mixed by Paul Hager

    IATSE LOCAL 33 Kevin Brown, Master Carpenter Andy Kassan, Master Electrician Donald Quick, Property Master Michael Sheppard, Master Audio-Visual/Union Steward Kevin Wapner, Assistant Audio-Visual The stage crew is represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada, Local 33

    POST-PRODUCTION Editor: Jeff Merritt and Rick Kent

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