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Grammy, Academy Award, Emmy Winning Performers Notable LAUSD Alumni in Benefit Concert for the Arts

Thursday, April 12, 7:30 pm at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 
 (Top Row L-R: Sheila E. & Pete Escovedo, Siedah Garrett and Judith Hill)
(Bottom Row L-R: Patricia Arquette, David Arquette and Lupita Infante)
Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles Unified School District (LA Unified) “We Are One!” Benefit Concert presented in association with The Music Center will feature performances by GRAMMY nominated drummer Sheila E.; GRAMMY winner, Latin jazz sextet’s Pete Escovedo; two-time GRAMMY winner Siedah Garrett; and GRAMMY winner Judith Hill and from Mexican music royalty, Lupita Infante. GRAMMY Awards Music Director Larry Batiste has assembled a fifteen-member All-Star Band who have performed with Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand, Jennifer Lopez, Kenny G, and other top artists.
The “We Are One!” Benefit Concert will be held at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, 90012 on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM. VIP Reception @ 6:00 PM.
In addition to showcasing LA Unified’s most talent student artists, acclaimed LA Unified alumni will join the festivities as hosts to advocate for arts education include; three-time Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette and her award-winning brother David Arquette, Actress Ally Walker (Colony & Ghosted), actor Richard Lawson and other surprise guest hosts/performers are scheduled to appear.
Los Angeles is one of the most vibrant, artistic and creative centers in the world. LA Unified’s Arts Education Branch (AEB) is committed to ensure that every school in the district provides arts classes, arts instruction, and arts experiences for every student in the district.
“I am honored to participate in such a high-profile event will benefit LA’s youth”, said percussionist Sheila E, widely known for her musical collaborations with Prince. “It is our responsibility as a community to ensure that students have access to the arts. This is why we musicians are participating.”
The benefit concert’s theme, We Are One! represents the goal for all of Los Angeles’ city entities; LA Unified, City/ County/State Governments, Arts, Businesses and Cultural sectors to come together as one unit and work together to support the next generations of LA Unified student artists.
“The LA Unified Arts Education Branch is seeking to utilize all of the arts ecosystem through its far-reaching arts programming,” said Rory Pullens, Senior Executive Director of the Arts. “We are looking to raise awareness of the importance of arts education for students, how the arts provide them with the necessary skills for successful futures. The Benefit Concert will celebrate the value of the arts and the huge positive impact it has on students and our economy.”
Through this Benefit Concert, the Arts Education Branch will raise additional funding to expand its arts efforts and forge closer partnerships with companies and individuals committed to the arts, arts education, and future generations of artists. Nickelodeon, HBO, and Warner Brothers have already signed on as sponsors and funding/resource partners.
LA Unified is proud of its successes, and those to come. Its students and alumni are routinely chosen to perform in local, national, and international venues. Alumni are Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy-award winners such as Carol Burnett, America Ferrera, Forest Whitaker, Leonardo DiCaprio, but more importantly, contributing artists to the cultural landscape that makes a difference in the world. The Benefit Concert evening at The Music Center will add to that legacy.
The Box Office is open. Tickets range from $50 – $600. To Purchase Tickets, go to: or call 213-972-8550. Early bird ticket purchasers through March 23 receive a 50% discount using promotional code LAUSDWAO!
About the Los Angeles Unified School District (LA Unified):
Second largest in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LA Unified) enrolls nearly 650,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, at over 900 schools that offer a variety of specialized and comprehensive educational programs. The boundaries spread over 720 square miles in six local districts that include the metropolitan city of Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities and several unincorporated sections of Southern California.
About the LA Unified Arts Education Branch:
Part of the Los Angeles Unified School District and its rigorous Division of Instruction, the Arts Education Branch partners with local and national arts, entertainment and philanthropic communities to collaboratively support the growth of a robust arts culture. Nearly 650,000 K-12 students receive a comprehensive and challenging visual and performing arts curriculum. The Arts Education Branch sponsors school, family, and community arts-related programs and staff professional development for cutting-edge arts education design and implementation. It believes that all LA Unified students, from every culture and socioeconomic level, deserve quality arts learning in dance, music, theatre, visual and media arts as part of the core curriculum.
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