2015/16 Concerts

Sunday, September 27, 2015, 4pm
Royce Hall

Star Trek Into Darkness LIVE to Picture

David Newman, conductor
Michael Giacchino, composer
Jon Burlingame, host

We open our season with an AYS first—an entire score played live to picture! Immerse yourself in the intensity of Academy Award® winning composer Michael Giacchino’s exhilarating score for J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster hit Star Trek Into Darkness. World-renowned conductor and film composer David Newman leads the orchestra and audience in this exciting cinematic adventure!

Composer, Michael Giacchino, and host, Jon Burlingame, reporter for The Film Music Society and film-music history professor at the University of Southern California, will hold a pre-concert Q&A with the audience (starting at 4 pm). 

This is not your typical night at the symphony—cheers, boos (for the villains, that is) and costumes are all encouraged! This event presents a chance to throw on that Starfleet uniform and capture some priceless photos!

FREE to AYS Members
(Members reserve through the Members’ Page)

General Public Tickets: $15 in advance | $20 at the door

Sunday, October 25, 2015
LACMA’s Bing Theater

Strauss: Sextet for Strings from Capriccio
Dvorák: String Quintet in E-flat Major

Philip Marten, violin
Chiai Tajima, violin
Laura Jesson, viola
Sequoyah Sugiyama, viola
Coleman Itzkoff, cello
Iona Batchelder, cello 

AYS returns to LACMA’s Sundays LIVE to feature principal AYS string players. This joyful chamber music concert showcases the caliber of AYS musicians with beloved works by Richard Strauss and Antonín Dvorák.

THIS IS NOT A TICKETED EVENT

Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Directions to LACMA

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7pm
Royce Hall

Emmanuel Villaume, conductor
Andrew von Oeyen, piano

Ravel: Menuet antique
Lazarof: Poema
Gershwin: 2nd Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major
Debussy: La mer

Distinguished French Maestro Emmanuel Villaume leads AYS in a “sea” of French and American music. The orchestra will perform Debussy’s La mer, which has become one of his most admired works, as well as Ravel’s Minuet antique and Henri Lazarof’s Poema. Critically acclaimed concert pianist Andrew von Oeyon joins the orchestra for Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G and Gershwin’s sensational Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra.

Free Concert

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 11am
Royce Hall

Juan Felipe Molano, Conductor

Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Op. 34
Rimsky–Korsakov: Scheherazade op. 35, Mvt. II The Tale of Prince Kalendar
Peck: Playing With Style

Rimsky Korsakov: The Flight of the Bumblebee
Offenbach: Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld 

Children and families are invited to discover the world of classical music! We’re partnering with First 5 LA to present a concert and activities for kids of all ages—the perfect way to share classical music and create a lasting legacy for the next generation.

Free Concert

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 7pm
Royce Hall

Robert McDuffie, conductor and soloist
Marc Williams, resident conductor

Glass: The American Four Seasons
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Famed violinist Robert McDuffie joins AYS to play and conduct Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 2 – The American Four Seasons, a work written specially for McDuffie, inspired by Vivaldi’s Baroque Classic.

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade will unleash excitement as this passionate musical adaptation of the classic Arabian folk tale reverberates through Royce Hall.

Free Concert 

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall

David Alan Miller, conductor
Luke McEndarfer, chorus conductor
Coleman Itzkoff, cello
National Children’s Chorus

Tan Dun: Heaven Earth Mankind

Feel the power of Tan Dun’s highly-acclaimed work as award-winning conductor David Alan Miller leads AYS and the National Children’s Chorus in the West Coast premiere of Heaven Earth Mankind. Don’t miss this spectacular concert at the majestic Walt Disney Concert Hall as Coleman Itzkoff, AYS Principal Cellist, guest solos in a piece premiered by Yo-Yo Ma to commemorate China’s reunification with Hong Kong in 1997.

Tickets $15 – $43; Members receive a 15% discount!

SOLD OUT 

Friday, April 1, 2016
7:30pm Concert
8:30pm Gala Dinner
Royce Hall

James Conlon, conductor

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 1
STRAUSS: Also Sprach Zarathustra

We are thrilled to welcome the beloved Music Director of the Los Angeles Opera, James Conlon, to conduct the 2016 Gala concert! Conlon, who has been the LA Opera’s conductor since 2006, recently celebrated his 11th season as Music Director of the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.

“There is only one competition in life, and that is the race with time to realize your potential in only one lifetime.” – James Conlon

Free Concert

8:30 pm Gala Dinner

AYS friends and fans of the evening’s honorees: Maestro Conlon, Philanthropist Marilyn Ziering, and Composer Walter Arlen; join together on a beautiful, spring evening under the stars in support of the continued success of the American Youth Symphony.

We invite you to share in AYS’ biggest fundraiser of the year and help gift these extraordinary concerts to your community!

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 7pm
Ann & Jerry Moss Theater at the Herb Albert Educational Village at New Roads School

Yehuda Gilad, conductor
Simone Porter, violin

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D

We conclude our season with a Members Priority concert as part of Sarah & Peter Mandell’s “Hardly Strictly Classical” series.

International rising star and AYS alumna, Simone Porter, delights us with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D, preceded by Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony.