What happens when 25 Oscar-, Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning composers pool their talents to create a single work? A Symphony of Hope. This ambitious musical fundraising project was orchestrated — pun intended — to help people in Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. A beautiful, almost mystical orchestral suite that is, essentially, the ultimate movie score, Symphony of Hope begins with a simple but profound original Haitian melody. After this searing, haunting choral-vocal introduction, each composer contributed an additional eight to 32 bars of music, passing it along, in a sort of musical storytelling, to the next guy — symbolic, notes the website, of "the way that one lending hand passes on to another lending hand, until eventually a beautiful outcome is derived." This week, Lucas Richman conducts the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra and Choir in the world premiere of Symphony of Hope, with opening performances by composers Mark Isham (The Times of Harvey Milk, The Secret Life of Bees
) and Lucy Schwartz (The Twilight Saga, The Postman
). The free concert is preceded by a fundraising dinner and silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Haiti Project. California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Fri., Aug. 3, 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner & silent auction, 8 p.m. concert; free ($75 cocktails, $250 dinner). (323) 687-2159, haitisymphony.com.
Fri., Aug. 3, 8 p.m., 2012