2018 Gala

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   /  Reserve Now

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

Edna Weiss

Following the Q&A and Concert, join AYS friends and orchestra members for our annual Gala Dinner at 7:30 pm! Celebrate the continuing success of the American Youth Symphony, while honoring the centennial birthday of loyal AYS supporter and life-long philanthropist 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!

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

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

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