Spring 2018 Concerts

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Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2pm
Royce Hall

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

Tickets: Free 

Presenting selections from works by Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives and Aaron Copland, with guiding narration from Resident Conductor Juan Felipe Molano, in the educational tradition of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts. Shared as part of the “Bernstein at 100” centennial celebration.

Activities provided by the Amazing Kid Company!

Please note: Parking Structure 5 will be closed for renovations for the next two years. Please see our updated parking instructions.



Saturday, February 17, 2018, 7pm
Royce Hall

Juan Felipe Molano, resident conductor

Bernstein: Divertimento (15 minutes)
Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo (19 minutes)
Ives: Three Places in New England (19 minutes)
Bernstein: West Side Story Symphonic Dances (24 minutes)

Tickets: Free

AYS celebrates the 100th birthday of a legendary conductor, composer and musician with a Bernstein Centennial concert. This exciting program will showcase works by American composers Aaron Copland, Charles Ives and none other than “Lennie” himself!

Please note: Parking Structure 5 will be closed for renovations for the next two years. Please see our updated parking instructions.

We are trying something new with this concert, and invite your feedback! AYS Members will be able to reserve assigned seats in the Members’ section through the Members Page; while all other guests will reserve general admission/open seating tickets, and choose their seats (outside the Members’ Section) when they arrive at the venue. Please direct any questions or concerns to Director of Community Engagement, Alice Dutton.

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 7:30pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Carlos Izcaray: conductor  /  Vladimir Feltsman: piano

Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine (4 minutes)
Adams: Tromba lontana (4 minutes)
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 (15 minutes)
Higdon: Blue Cathedral (10 minutes)
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 (16 minutes)

Tickets: $15-45 (Members get a 15% discount – see Members’ Page for details)

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As part of the LA Phil’s Sounds About Town concert series, AYS performs an eclectic array of works by John Adams, Jennifer Higdon and Maurice Ravel.

World renowned Vladimir Feltsman, whose playing has been lauded for its “thunderous power” by the New York Times, joins the orchestra for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Saturday, April 21, 2018
4:30 pm Q&A
5:00 pm Concert
7:30 pm Gala Dinner
Royce Hall

Q&A – 4:30 pm

Panelist: Joanna Demers

The concert is preceded by a Q&A at 4:30 pm, exploring the use of music to uplift the human spirit and effect change. Panelists include  Joanna Demers, Chair of the Musicology department at USC’s Thornton School of Music, who writes both scholarly and creative works examining philosophical themes in music.

Concert  – 5:00 pm

Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Robert Desiderio & Judith Light, narrators

Izcaray: Strike Fugaz, original composition, world-premiere
Revueltas: Sensemayá (7 minutes)
Copland: Lincoln Portrait (15 minutes)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” (48 minutes)

Tickets: Free   

Ticketing for this event has closed, but walk-up tickets will be available at the door, starting at 4:00 pm.

This year’s gala concert features repertoire celebrating the triumph of the human spirit in a first-time collaboration with Human Rights Watch, with works by Revueltas and Beethoven, along with Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, narrated by actors Robert Desiderio and Judith Light.

We are also thrilled to present the world premiere of Strike Fugaz, an original composition by Music Director Carlos Izcaray. 

Gala Dinner 7:30pm

Join AYS friends and orchestra members for our annual Gala Dinner, celebrating the continuing success of the American Youth Symphony, and honoring the centennial birthday of Edna Weiss. Held on a beautiful Spring night under the stars, AYS invites you to share in our biggest fundraising event of the year, to help provide extraordinary free concerts as a gift to this community!

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

Reserve for Dinner & Concert online, by phone at 310-470-2332,
Or by mail (with this downloadable invitation):
5150 Wilshire Boulevard, Ste 506
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The 2018 Gala is Sponsored by:
The Flora L. Thornton Foundation, the Kaman Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts

Please note: Parking Structure 5 will be closed for renovations for the next two years. Please see our updated parking instructions.

Member’s Priority
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 3pm

Ann & Jerry Moss Theater
At the Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School


HARRY PARTCH: Studies on Ancient Greek Scales
“MOONDOG” LOUIS HARDIN: String Quartet in C Major, Mvt. 2 Romance
VIVALDI: L’estro Armonico, Op. 3, Concertos No. 1, 3, 6, and 11
VIVALDI: Concerto No. 1 “Spring” from The Four Seasons 

Tickets: Free

Reservations Now Open for Members
General Reservations Open on 4.28.18

We end the 2017/18 season with a very special chamber performance to thank our donors for all they do in support of AYS!

Our inaugural Musician Citizen Fellow, Spencer Baldwin, selected music for this unique event around the theme of “Home,” with each composer having a deep connection to the issue of homelessness.

Musical maverick Harry Partch dropped out of USC in 1922 and spent decades building his own instruments and composing in microtonal scales, while traveling the country as a transient worker. “Moondog” Louis Hardin, whose fans included Philip Glass and former-NY Philharmonic conductor Artur Rodziński, performed on the streets of New York City from the 1940s-70s, wearing a cloak and horned helmet, known to locals as “the Viking of 6th Avenue.”  Antonio Vivialdi, a Catholic priest as well as a composer, served from 1703-1740 as a music instructor at the Ospedale della Pieta, a Venetian orphanage known across Europe for presenting extraordinary musical performances. Together, these inspiring works prove that great art can come from unlikely places, and that music can sustain and uplift us during dark and challenging times. The concert will be interspersed with spoken word poetry, written and performed by AYS bassist Mark Gutierrez.

As part of this uplifting event and the Citizen Musician Initiative, AYS orchestra members will be volunteering with organizations providing support and services to our local homeless population.

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