Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

About 1,000 Southland high school students Friday paid tribute to Prince in downtown Los Angeles, with a hastily arranged performance of “Purple Rain” being added to a previously planned chorale performance.

The students were already scheduled to perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall for the culmination of the 27th annual Los Angeles Master Chorale High School Choir Festival. The program was expected to include a program of works by Handel, Copeland and others.

But given Prince’s death on Thursday at age 57, LAMC Artistic Director Grant Gershon and guest conductor Tesfa Wondemagegnehu decided to add a tribute to the iconic artist to the program.

According to the Chorale, Gershon hastily pulled together the required musical materials, and students began rehearsals at 9 a.m.

The rousing performance, featuring students from 31 Southland high schools, was held at 1 p.m.

Organizers said the choir festival is one of the region’s longest- running music education programs, and includes students from nearly every Southland school district.

— Staff and wire reports

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