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Fashion Meets the Phil at Burbank Philharmonic


Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra’s collaboration with Woodbury University’s School of Fashion Design was “an immediate good fit,” according to Dr. Kathryn Hagen, chair of the fashion department. At the November Fashion Meets the Phil gala concert, a guest artist and four orchestra musicians, members of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), wore gowns specially designed by Woodbury University fashion design seniors. The concert program included works by Gershwin, Bizet, Ravel, Saint-Saens, and Offenbach.

“Woodbury charges us with helping our students to become responsible citizens,” explains Hagen. “So this was a great way for them to see how satisfying it is to use their creativity and energy for a good cause.”

Community outreach has always played a key role in the mission of Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, adds Music Director Steven Kerstein of Local 47. “We support an array of programs, including our Musical Menagerie for young children, our annual Hennings-Fischer Young Artist Competition, and invitations to dress rehearsals for local schools. Fashion Meets the Phil is an extension of this tradition,” Kerstein says.

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