2016/17 Full Concert Schedule


Sunday, October 16, 2016, 5pm
Royce Hall




Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Coleman Itzkoff,

Schreker: Vorspiel zu einem Drama
Bloch: Schelomo; Hebraic Rhapsody
Mahler: Symphony No.1, D major “Titan

Join AYS for the inaugural concert of our new Music Director, Carlos Izcaray! Featuring the work of titans Franz Schreker, Ernest Bloch, and Gustav Mahler, we pair the seasoned experience of Maestro Izcaray with the prodigious talent of concerto competition winner Coleman Itzkoff, heralded as “virtuosic” by the LA Times. 

Advance ticketing is now closed, but there will be a limited number of free walk-up tickets available at the door. You can line up for walk-up tickets in front of Royce Hall, starting at 4:15pm on Sunday.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016, 6pm
LACMA’s Bing Theater


Sundays LIVE


AYS Principals Chamber Ensemble

Haydn: Quartet Op. 76 #5
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Free Concert   /   No Reservations Necessary

AYS returns to LACMA’s Sundays LIVE to feature principal AYS musicians. This joyful chamber music concert showcases the caliber of AYS musicians with beloved works by Haydn and Brahms.

Seating will be first-come, first-served

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Saturday, November 12, 2016
5 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Q&A
7:30 pm Concert
10:30pm Dance Party
Royce Hall


Back to the Future – LIVE to Picture!


David Newman, conductor
Jon Burlingame, host

Alan Silvestri: Back to the Future score

Tickets: $15  for the General Public and FREE for members
Advance tickets are now SOLD OUT, but a limited number of 
Walk-up tickets will be available at the door

Great Scott! AYS is going back to the future, with Maestro David Newman leading the orchestra through Alan Silvestri’s propulsive score for this time-travel blockbuster. Come join us for a thrilling live-to-screen performance, and experience this classic film in a whole new way! Concert preceded by a Q&A with Alan Silvestri himself, moderated by film music journalist and historian Jon Burlingame.

Support AYS at a Back to the Future themed fête, where you can rub elbows with Composer Alan Silvestri, Maestro David Newman, and other industry luminaries. The ideal way to set the mood for a thrilling evening of music and cinema!
Dinner packages start at just $350!
Dinner is SOLD OUT

10:30pm After Party:

Party like it’s 1985 at our “Enchantment Under the Sea” after party, featuring live DJ, stocked bar, and all-American fare including LA’s famous Pink’s Hotdogs.
After-party admission is included with all $45 tickets, or can be added on for $30 here.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017, 11am
Royce Hall


Family Concert


Juan Felipe Molano, Resident ConductorAmazing-Kid-Company-logo

Tickets: Free   /   Reservations open 1.11.17

Children and families are invited to discover the world of classical music at our annual family concert! We’re partnering with the Amazing Kid Company to present a fun, interactive performance, and activities for kids of all ages—the perfect way to share classical music with the next generation!



Sunday, February 12, 2017
4:00pm Q&A
4:30pm Concert
Royce Hall


Game Changer


Juan Felipe Molano, resident conductor

Britten: Four Sea Interludes
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite
Takeshi Furukawa: The Last Guardian Suite
Jason Graves: The Order: 1886 Suite
Austin Wintory: Journey Suite

Tickets: Free   /   Reservations open 1.11.17

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and supported by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Resident Conductor Juan Felipe Molano and our musicians will work alongside highly respected composers of some of the most successful titles in the video game industry. Composers join us for a Q&A and concert pairing critically acclaimed game scores with masterworks that inspired them to enter the field. Gamers and classical music-lovers unite for this rare and exciting blending of contemporary and classical culture!



Saturday, March 11, 2017, 2pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall




Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Steve Vai, electric guitar

Esa-Pekka Salonen: Gambit
Steve Vai: Original Compositions for Electric Guitar and Orchestra
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Tickets: $15-46 – Reservations open 1.11.17

What happens when you join what Jim Svejda of KUSC hails as “one of the finest youth symphonies on earth” with one of Guitar World’s “Greatest Guitarist of All Time?” See for yourself when AYS partners with three-time Grammy Award winner and former Frank Zappa bandmate Steve Vai to deliver a concert you won’t soon forget, pairing Stravinksy’s iconic Rite of Spring with works by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Vai himself!

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Saturday, April 22, 2017
6pm Concert
7:30pm Gala Dinner
Royce Hall


GALA Concert  6pm


Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Rachel Ostler, violin

Mozart: Overture from The Marriage of Figaro
Korngold: Violin Concerto, Op. 35, D major
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

Tickets: Free   /   Reservations open 1.11.17

We commemorate our annual gala with a joyous celebration of classic masterworks and rising talent. Concerto Competition winner Rachel Ostler joins the orchestra for Korngold’s virtuosic Violin Concerto, in an evening also featuring the spirited Overture from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, and Rachmaninoff’s beloved Symphonic Dances.

GALA Dinner 7:30pm

AYS friends, fans and orchestra members 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 our biggest fundraiser of the year and help gift these extraordinary concerts to your community!

Individual Dinner & Concert Packages start at $500. Tables for ten start at $5,000

Reservations open 1.11.17

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Saturday, May 20, 2017, 2pm
LACMA’s Bing Theater


Members Priority


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Rameau: Overture to Zaïs, and Dardanus Suite
Copland: Appalachian Spring

Tickets: Free
Reservations Open for Members: 1.11.17
General Reservations Open: 5.03.17

We end this season with a concert to thank our donors for all they do in support of AYS. In a concert unlike anything we have done before, a chamber ensemble of AYS musicians will play the full ballet version of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, in collaboration with a local modern ballet troupe. This performance also includes works by visionary French baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau.