18/19 Concerts

 The Year of the Woman

What is the year of the woman?

Inspired by the global movement for recognition of female artists, creators, and leaders, AYS has dedicated the 2018/19 season to celebrating the tremendous talent and vision of female composers and soloists at the top of their game. From Grammy and Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer, Jennifer Higdon, to global sensation violinist, Sarah Chang, every woman featured is a titan in the field. AYS is honored that they are part of this year’s program, and proud to be on the industry’s leading edge in the conversation around female representation and diversity in classical music.

Jump to: Opening Night, 9/22/18; Laemmle’s Live, 10/14/18; LACMA Sundays Live, 10/28/18; Raiders of the Los Ark In Concert, 11/11/18; The Year of the Woman, 2/23/19; Sounds About Town, 3/31/19; 54th Annual Gala, 4/27/19; Citizen Musician Concert, Summer 2019; Family Music Festival, 7/13/19

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 7:00 pm

Royce Hall

Opening Night Concert

Carlos Izcaray, Conductor  /  Sérgio Coelho, Clarinet

Joan Tower: Tambor

John Corigliano: Clarinet Concerto

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3

The American Youth Symphony kicks off its “Year of the Woman” with Tambor from Grammy-winning composer Joan Tower! Led by Music Director Carlos Izcaray, the concert also features Rachmaninoff’s groundbreaking third symphony, and a showcase performance from 2018 Concerto Competition winner, Sérgio Coelho, of John Corigliano’s Clarinet Concerto.

Tickets: Free

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Please note: Parking Structure 5 will be closed for renovations for the next year. Please see our updated parking instructions. For more concert planning information, read our “know before you go” guide. We look forward to welcoming you!

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 11:00 am

Monica Film center

Laemmle Live Presents

AYS Woodwind Quintet

Eugene Bozza: Scherzo for Woodwind Quintet, Op.48

Charles Lefebvre: Suite for Woodwind Quintet, Op. 57

Jean Françaix: Woodwind Quintet No. 1

Malcolm Arnold: Three Shanties for Woodwind Quintet

Paquito D’rivera: Aires Tropicales, Contradanza

Enjoy the debut performance of the AYS Woodwind Quintet at the LAEMMLE LIVE performing arts series at the Monica Film Center in Santa Monica.

Tickets: Free

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Sunday, October 28, 2018, 6:00 pm

LACMA’s Bing Theater

Sundays LIVE

Beethoven: String Quartet in D major, Op. 18, No. 3

Ravel: String Quartet in F Major

The AYS Principals String Quartet returns to LACMA’s Sundays LIVE concert series! Programmed by Concertmaster Gallia Kastner (David Frisina Chair, Concertmaster LAPO 1943-78) this charming classical program can be enjoyed live and in-person, or at your leisure on KUSC.org!

Tickets: Free

No Reservation Necessary

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 4:00 pm

Royce Hall

Raiders of the Lost Ark In Concert

© 1981 Lucasfilm Ltd.  All Rights Reserved. Presentation licensed by Bantha Music c/o Walt Disney Music Company. © All rights reserved.

Carlos Izcaray, Conductor

John Williams: Raiders of the Lost Ark Original Score

Take your friends and family on a wild ride with AYS and Indiana Jones! Maestro Izcaray will lead the orchestra in a live-to-film performance of John Williams’ iconic original score for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Experience this classic adventure in an exciting new way, as the entire movie is projected above the 100-piece AYS orchestra, performing those unforgettable themes in their full symphonic glory!

Tickets: $15 for General Audiences, Free for AYS Members

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 Hollywood Project Dinner, 7:00 pm

Celebrate and support AYS at an Indiana Jones themed dinner you won’t soon forget! Join with Maestro Izcaray and the AYS Board of Directors in honoring Randy Spendlove, Paramount’s President, Film & TV Music, who has helped shape the landscape of film music for over 20 years. Concert and Dinner Packages start at $350.


But you can still donate to support AYS and honor Randy Spendlove

Please note: Parking Structure 5 will be closed for renovations for the next year. Please see our updated parking instructions. For more concert planning information, read our “know before you go” guide. We look forward to welcoming you!

Saturday, february 23, 2019, 7:00 pm

Royce Hall

AYS Celebrates the Year of the Woman

Carlos Izcaray, Conductor  /  Susan Botti, Soprano, Composer   /   Ted Atkatz, Percussion

Lera Auerbach: Icarus

Susan Botti: EchoTempo, for Soprano, Percussion and Orchestra

Jennifer Higdon: Concerto for Orchestra

Celebrate works by three inspired composers representing the best and brightest in the field today: Lera Auerbach, also an acclaimed concert pianist, poet, and visual artist; Susan Botti, joining the orchestra as a soloist for her much-lauded EchoTempo; and Jennifer Higdon, winner of two Grammys and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Presented in Partnership with the Feminist Majority Foundation and Ms. magazine.

Tickets: FREE

Online ticketing has closed, but free tickets will be available at the door.

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

Sunday, March 31, 2019, 7:30 pm

walt disney concert hall

LA Phil Presents: Sounds About Town

With AYS & National Children’s Chorus

Carlos Izcaray, AYS Conductor  /  Luke McEndarfer, NCC Conductor

Jessica Rivera, Soprano  /  Gloria Cheng, Piano

Gabriel Fauré: Messe Basse

Nico Muhly: World Premiere, Co-Commissioned by the LA Phil, AYS and NCC

Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms

Alexander Scriabin: Symphony No. 5, “Prometheus, Poem of Fire

We return to LA Phil’s Sounds About Town Series in collaboration with the National Children’s Chorus (NCC), to present a world premiere commission from Nico Muhly. Continuing the theme of the season, this concert features two extraordinary female soloists, Soprano Jessica Rivera, hailed as “vocally luminous” by the New York Times, and Grammy and Emmy winning pianist Gloria Cheng, described as “breathtaking” by the Washington Post.

Tickets: $15-45 (25% off for AYS Members)


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Saturday, April 27, 2019, 5:00 pm

Royce Hall

54th Annual Gala Concert

Carlos Izcaray, Music Director  /  Sarah Chang, Violin

Dmitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture

Fil Eisler: World Premiere Violin Concerto, featuring Sarah Chang

Anna Clyne: This Midnight Hour

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

Sarah Chang, widely regarded as one of the great violinists of our time, joins AYS for the inaugural Korngold Commission, a project developed and sponsored by Peter Mandell and Sarah Coade Mandell, pairing world-class solo artists with critically acclaimed film composers. The composer in this case is Fil Eisler, a BMI and SXSW award-winner, best known for scoring hit television series Empire and Revenge. Along with crowd-pleasing offerings from Shostakovich and Strauss, the program also features This Midnight Hour by Anna Clyne, whose work has been described by the New York Times as “virtuosic,” “inventive,” and “dreamlike.”

Tickets: FREE

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 Gala Dinner, 7:30 pm

After the concert, AYS friends, orchestra members, and guest artists celebrate the continuing success of the American Youth Symphony at the 54th Annual Gala Dinner, our biggest fundraising event of the season. Join AYS in supporting the future of classical music at a sumptuous dinner under the stars! Concert & Dinner packages start at $500.

Make a Gala Donation Now to Reserve a Dinner & Concert Package.

If you are unable to attend, you can purchase an on-screen tribute, host an AYS musician at the dinner, or make a gift of any amount to support AYS and celebrate our gala honorees. Donate now!

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

Summer 2019


Citizen Musician Concert

The Annual AYS Citizen Musician concert provides a special opportunity for professional development and community engagement. The 2018/19 Citizen Musician Fellow will steward this project from start to finish, working with Maestro Izcaray to select a program fitting the season’s theme, celebrating the vast contributions of female artists in classical music. Inspired and supported by a program Yo-Yo Ma developed at the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Citizen Musician program aims to bridge the gap between high art and community art, exploring the power of classical music to transform lives and connect us more deeply to those around us. As a gesture of thanks for all they make possible, AYS Members receive reservation priority for this unique and intimate event.

Tickets: FREE

Reserve at AYSymphony.org/tickets


Starting 4/3/19 for AYS Members, 5/1/19 for General Public

Check for programming announcements in January 2019!

The Citizen Musician Fellowship is Sponsored by Peter Mandell and Sarah Coade Mandell

Saturday, July 13, 2019

A Place Called Home

Family Music Festival


AYS is partnering with South LA community center, A Place Called Home, to bring classical music to new places and first-time audiences. The festival will feature small AYS ensembles performing classical and contemporary chamber music, along with fun acoustic arrangements of popular songs, and original works by our orchestra members themselves. This day of music will also include performances by local instrumental musicians outside of AYS, coming from a variety of musical backgrounds. Arts & crafts and an instrument petting zoo make this a can’t-miss event for families and kids who want to learn more about classical music!


No Reservations Necessary