2013/14 Season

American Youth Symphony conductor, Alexander Treger

Keeping Score: Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique with Michael Tilson Thomas
Keeping Score with
Michael Tilson Thomas

Timo Andres portraitTimo Andres
composer

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER 2013

Royce Hall
5:30 PM Screening
FILM Keeping Score : Symphonie fantastique

Michael Tilson Thomas guides us with the San Francisco Symphony through Paris in the 1800s, and the story of Berlioz’s groundbreaking symphony.

Love, passion, jealousy, despair. In this dreamlike work, we witness Berlioz’s purportedly opium-fueled obsession with the Irish actress, Harriet Smithson.

Courtesy of the San Francisco Symphony. For more information about Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and the entire San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score series, please visit http://www.keepingscore.org

7 PM Concert
ALEXANDER TREGER conductor
TIMO ANDRES composer
ALLAN STEELE cello

TIMO ANDRES Bathtub Shrine (2009) (West Coast Premiere)
TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

Commissioned by the Yale Symphony Orchestra, Bathtub Shrine showcases fierce music making and camaraderie, in a playful response to the very reverberating acoustics of Yale’s Woolsey Hall.


LACMA

SUNDAYS LIVE AT LACMA

SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER 2013

LACMA Bing Theater
6 PM Concert
RADU PAPONIU assistant conductor / ALEXANDER TREGER conductor

STRAVINSKY Concerto in D
MOZART Symphony No. 40

Join the American Youth Symphony at the Sundays Live, weekly chamber music series at LACMA’s Bing Theater. Doors open at 5:40PM. Seating is open: first come, first serve.

For more information about Sundays Live, click here.

LACMA Lamps
Danny Elfman,
composer

David Newman portrait

David Newman,
guest conductor

THE ELFMAN PROJECT II

SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2013

Royce Hall
4:30 PM Symposium
DAVID NEWMAN guest conductor / JON BURLINGAME moderator
RICHARD KRAFT panelist / JEFF BOND panelist

DANNY ELFMAN Overeager Overture

Presented in partnership with the Film Music Society

5:30 PM Dinner with Panelists

Film music fans and artists gather for continued discussions with panelists, and enjoy a bistro style dinner catered by Barbrix Wine Bar. Dinner guests benefit from premium seating. All proceeds support the American Youth Symphony.

7 PM Concert

ALEXANDER TREGER conductor / DAVID NEWMAN guest conductor / JON BURLINGAME host

PROKOFIEV Lieutenant Kijé Suite
DANNY ELFMAN Alice in Wonderland, Big Fish, Spiderman,
………. film clips from Milk (Universal Studios Licensing LLC) and more

After the success of the Project’s first year, Danny Elfman’s music returns! This multi-year series presents a rare opportunity to discover the famed composer’s brilliant music in concert.

With excerpts performed live to film and premieres of new concert suites, we explore Elfman’s collaborations with Tim Burton and the evolution of an art form since Prokofiev’s 1933 score for the soviet movie, Lieutenant Kijé.

Generously curated by alumnus David Newman, the film music projects of the American Youth Symphony celebrate and preserve the finest contributions of film composers to the iconic movies we love.

Natalie Hoe portrait courtesy of Natalie Hoe
Natalie Hoe,
Principal Clarinet

SACRED HEART: EXPLOSION

SUNDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2014

Royce Hall
7 PM Concert
ALEXANDER TREGER conductor / JEFFERSON FRIEDMAN composer / NATALIE HOE clarinet

JEFFERSON FRIEDMAN Sacred Heart: Explosion (West Coast Premiere)
WEBER Clarinet Concerto No. 2, Op. 74
DVORÁK Symphony No. 8

Jefferson Friedman’s irresistible music was inspired by Sacred Heart: Explosion, a painting by Henry Darger (1892-1973). A visionary artist with no formal training, Darger produced a 15,145 page fantasy novel and hundreds of drawings and paintings, which were all discovered after his death. His work quickly gained pop culture acclaim and is now part of the permanent collections at the American Folk Art Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, among other institutions.

Valentina Lisitsa portrait courtesy of IMG Artists
Valentina Lisitsa,
piano

SPRINGTIME IN PARIS GALA

SUNDAY 9 MARCH 2014

Royce Hall
6 PM Concert
ALEXANDER TREGER conductor / VALENTINA LISITSA piano

ADAM SCHOENBERG Up!
RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
GERSHWIN An American in Paris
RAVEL La Valse

One of the most watched classical musicians in the world, with more than 59 million YouTube views, the sensational Valentina Lisitsa joins the musicians of American Youth Symphony for the Spring fundraising concert and soiree.

We walk with Gershwin as he reveals the textures, the atmosphere and even the homesickness he experiences through his symphonic poem, An American in Paris.

8 PM Fundraising Soiree with the Musicians
Music, magic, and a bistro dinner!

A delightful evening to support the program and bring together AYS musicians and music lovers. Concert and dinner packages

Nigel Armstrong portrait courtesy of DFPhotography
Nigel Armstrong,
violin

THE ALUMNI PROJECT

SUNDAY 13 APRIL 2014

Royce Hall
7 PM Concert
ALEXANDER TREGER conductor / NIGEL ARMSTRONG violin

DEBUSSY An Afternoon of a Faun
CHAUSSON Poème, Op. 25
SAINT-SAËNS Introduction et rondo capriccioso Op. 28
STRAUSS An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64

Alumni return to join forces and perform one of Strauss’s largest non-operatic works: the score calls for 125 players, and depicts the spectacular climb up an Alpine mountain-top, from twilight to dusk.

Soloist Nigel Armstrong, who trained with the American Youth Symphony from 2008 to 2011 while studying at the Colburn Conservatory, won Fourth Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011. He continues his ascent to international fame sharing his many talents in tango, bluegrass and classical music performances around the world.


Thank you

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