Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Youth Orchestra will play the Super Bowl Halftime Show

By Michael Miller
Updated January 28, 2016 01:00 PM
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Credit: Vern Evans/LA Phil

The Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, led by the LA Philharmonic music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, will join Coldplay during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show.

“This is a wonderful honor and an extraordinary showcase for YOLA, as well as a tribute to youth orchestras worldwide,” said Dudamel. “When we play, it will be for the youth of the world so they can be inspired to create both a better life for themselves and a better future.”

Dudamel, a world renowned conductor, has built YOLA from the ground up, and through the program’s partners, provides, “instruments, intensive music training, and academic support to more than 700 students from undeserved neighborhoods, empowering them to become vital citizens, leaders, and agents of change.”

Since it was established in Fall of 2007, YOLA has grown to serve 700 students, ages 6-18, in South L.A., the Rampart District and East L.A.

Now, the children of the Youth Orchestra will have the opportunity to showcase their talents during the most watched musical event of the year. Last year alone, more than 118.5 million American viewers watched the show, marking the most-watched Halftime Show ever.

In addition to playing alongside the seven time Grammy Award-winning Coldplay, there’s also a rumor Beyoncé could be joining the lineup.

The Super Bowl and Halftime Show will be broadcast worldwide Feb. 7 from Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay area.