Our Own Luay Yousif


A Musical Tapestry of and for San Diego is a two-year audience engagement initiative that departs from the San Diego Symphony’s traditional approach to community engagement by inviting residents of historically underserved neighborhoods to participate in the creation and performance of art. People of all ages and backgrounds contributed music, stories and dance.

These contributions were made via various forms of media technology at community sites and festivals including camcorders and cell phone videos. Individuals were encouraged to submit their recordings directly onto our website. Over 320 submissions were then considered for inclusion in an original orchestral piece and 18 submissions were chosen. The final work is a multi-media piece that will be performed for the public free of charge. Performances of the new work are planned for an audience of at least 5,000 people, including 2,000 at Copley Symphony Hall in July 2014.

July 9th, 2014, our own Luay Yousif, the head of the Chaldean Choirs of the Chaldean Catholic Dioceses of St. Peter the Apostle, performed live with his violin. There are three more live performances throughout San Diego that are free of charge for anyone who is interested in attending.