News & Press

2018/19 Season

Youth Symphony Conductor Carlos Izcaray Makes a New-Music Pledge: 50% Female Composers

Tim Grieving, LA Times | March 20, 2019

SoCal classical music listings, March 24-31
Matt Cooper, LA Times | March 22, 2019

The Ms. Q&A: Carlos Izcaray’s Year of the Women is Only the Beginning

Carmen Rios, Ms. Magazine | February 18, 2019

New Trend in Concert Halls: Original Music by Movie Composers — No Film Required
Jon Burlingame, Variety | March 22, 2019

Rewriting the Score: Advancing Women’s Representation in Classical Music

Tara Aesquivel, Ms. Magazine | February 20, 2019

Press Release: The American Youth Symphony Partners with the National Children’s Chorus to Premiere a Commission by Composer Nico Muhly

Press Release: Year of the Woman Concert

BMI Co-Sponsors Hollywood Project to Bring “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to American Youth Symphony
BMI News | November 21, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal classical music, Nov. 11-18
Matt Cooper, LA Times | November 9, 2018

Press Release: AYS Announces New Executive Director

Press Release: Opening Night Concert, September 22

2017/18 SEASON

Press Release: AYS Inaugural Citizen Musician Concert, May 12, 2018

Strings Magazine: Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers [AYS Advisory Council Member] Reminisces on a Childhood Spent in the Rich Los Angeles Music Scene
May 2018

La Opinion: Concert to Honor Human Rights at Royce Hall
April 20, 2018

KUSC Out and About: From Locked Up to Speaking Out – Carlos Izcaray Tells His Story
April 20, 2018

Los Angeles Magazine: Most Interesting Things to Do This Weekend
April 18, 2018

Telemundo: Interview with Maestro Izcaray and AYS Musicians
March 23, 2018

Press Release: 2018 Gala Concert – Freedom: A Celebration of Human Rights

Harvard Westlake Chronicle: Human Rights Task Force Hosts American Youth Symphony
March 19, 2018, Kendall Dees

Beverly Hills Courier: Pianist Vladimir Feltmsan to join American Youth Symphony for a Concert of Modern Works
March 16, 2018, pg 12.

LA Magazine: Secret LA Issue, Entertainment
March 2018

Press Release: Sounds About Town: AYS and Vladimir Feltsman
Press Release: AYS Celebrates Leonard Bernstein with Two Free Concerts on Feb. 17 

Her Campus: I Saw BØRNS Perform in a Tunnel and I Lived to Write About It
October 31, 2017, Erin Caracristi

Culture Collide: BØRNS Electrifying Symphony Performance
October 2017, Gillian Driscoll

Press Release: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial In Concert
Press Release: Season Opening Concert to Honor John Liebes
Press Release: AYS Announces 53rd Season
Press Release: AYS Receives NEA funding for a Concert in Partnership with Human Rights Watch
Press Release: New AYS Fellowships

2016/17 SEASON

Press Release: 2017 Members Priority Concert Features Appalachian Spring
Press Release:
2017 AYS Gala Features Concerto Competition Winner Rachel Ostler
Press Release:
AYS Joins Forces with Electric Guitar Icon Steve Vai (Read en Español)

Music Respawn! Jason Graves & Austin Wintory In A Game Changer Concert
Press Relase: American Youth Symphony to Perform Free Concert Featuring Songs from Notable PlayStation Games

Press Release: Historic Million Dollar Gift from Peter Mandell and Sarah Coade Mandell

BMI: Back to the Future with American Youth Symphony
Film Music Society: Back to the Future Live-to-Picture
LAist: You’re Going Back to the Future
Daily Bruin: 
Youth Symphony to Perform Live ‘Back to the Future’ Score at Royce Hall
Press Release: Back to the Future Concert

Press Release: Season Opening Concert
Press Release: Announcing the 2016/17 Season

2015/16 SEASON

AYS Musicians Perform at Gala Honoring John Williams:
John Williams Honored by Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford at AFI Gala 
Steven Spielberg, George Lucas & Kobe Bryant Laud Composer John Williams At Emotional AFI Toast
LA Times: ‘E.T.,’ ‘Jaws,’ ‘Star Wars’ composer John Williams honored at American Film Institute
Deadline: John Williams’ AFI Gala Had The Ultimate Hollywood Soundtrack
The Wrap: 11 Things We Learned at AFI Tribute to John Williams
June 10, 2016
Press Release:
American Youth Symphony Names New Music Director and Resident Conductor
En Español:
La American Youth Symphony Nombra Nuevo Director Musical Y Director Residente.

Press Release: AYS Receives NEA Grant for “Vivaldi to Video Games” Concert

David Newman Honored by BMI:
Hollywood Reporter | April 12, 2016
Broadway World | April 28, 2016
Film Music Society | May 13, 2016
Yahoo News | May 12, 2016

AYS and National Children’s Chorus Rise to Heaven Earth Mankind
Rick Schultz, LA Times | March 15, 2016

K-Mozart Arts Reports: Heaven Earth Mankind
Nick Tyler interviews David Alan Miller and Coleman Itzkoff

Press Release: AYS and Nation Children’s Chorus in LA Premiere

Press Release: Famed Violinist Joins AYS to Perform a Work Written for him by Philip Glass

Press Release: Free Family Music Adventure Concert

Press Release: AYS Guest Conductors Spring 2016

AYS Launches 51st Season with Michael Giacchino’s Exhilarating Score
for Star Trek Into Darkness Played Live to Picture

American Youth Symphony Beams Up!
Paula Parisi, Max the Trax | August 28, 2015

Star Trek Into Darkness Gets Symphonic
Daily Concepts Blog | September 9, 2015

2014/15 SEASON

April 2015: KUSC reporter Tim Grieving sat down with AYS Executive Director, Varina Bleil, and Principal Timpanist, Steven Logan, to discuss the orchestra’s unique blend of professionalism and youthfulness.
Check it out! 


Donation In Memory of Henri Lazarof Allows American Youth Symphony To Name Music Director Chair
Beverly Hills Courier | May 2014

Press Release: AYS VITALITY Concert with Sarah Chang

Press Release: AYS 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala

Press Release: AYS and Valentina Lisitsa at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Press Release: Music Director Alexander Treger to conclude AYS Tenure at the end of the 2014-15 Season


2013/14 SEASON
Valentina circle

AYS Receives Major Gift to Name Music Director Chair
Press Release | May 1, 2014

AYS delivers an ebullient finish to the 49th season | April 15, 2014

Young Guns
Out West Arts | April 27, 2014

Interview with Nigel Armstrong | April 10, 2014

Springtime in Paris with Valentina Lisitsa
Culture Spot LA

The Elfman Project II
Broadway World | November 1, 2013

Concerto for Piano and YouTube
New York Times | Oct 11, 2013

American Youth Symphony fine-tunes new pieces for season opening
The Daily Bruin | October 3, 2013

New Season opens October 6 at Royce Hall
Press Release


American Youth Symphony Explores the work of Composer Danny Elfman
The Hollywood Reporter | May 1, 2012

David Newman and AYS embark on a three-year exploration of Danny Elfman’s music
Film Score Monthly | May 2012

American Youth Symphony Salutes Danny Elfman
Film Music Society | April 18, 2012

Record Numbers Pack Royce Hall for Symposium and Concert
Film Music Society | May 9, 2012

American Youth Symphony Presents Danny Elfman Project
Broadcast Music, Inc. | April 17, 2012

10 Questions with David Newman
Broadcast Music, Inc | April 27, 2012


Daníel Bjarnason wins Iceland’s Composer of the Year for “The isle is full of noises” — a work co-commissioned by AYS and the LACC
Press Release | February 26, 2013

Concert features American Youth Symphony, renowned pianist
The Daily Bruin | November 16, 2012

Co-Concertmaster Mayumi Kanagawa makes an impressive debut at Disney Hall
LA Times | April 24, 2012

Disney Hall Concert Review: What happens when the musical cream rises to the top
San Gabriel Valley Tribune | March 5, 2012

AYS co-commissions a new work by Danìel Bjarnason
Glendale News-Press | March 2, 2012 AYS

LA Phil Presents: AYS and LACC
Press Release


AYS receives the highest score of all 2011/12 LA County Arts Commission Grant applicants.
LA Times | July 5, 2011


David Newman conducts the final concert of the Goldsmith Project
Film Score Monthly | March 17, 2011

Every piece performed during the concert, fron the hair-raising Twilight Zone: The Movie overture to the indelible action cue “Roxie Loses” from Basic Instinct… showcased Goldsmith’s brilliance as well as the utmost importance of having film music performed live.”

Cheering crowds fill Royce Hall to celebrate Goldsmith’s lasting legacy
Marilee Bradford reviews the climax of the Goldsmith Project.
Film Music Society | March 16, 2011

David Newman discusses The Goldsmith Project
Jerry Goldsmith Online | March 8, 2011

It’s amazing what you can accomplish with terrific players and a large amount of rehearsal. You really hear the music for what it is.”