Opening Night, Saturday 9/22

 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.

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Inspired by the global movement for recognition of female artists, creators, and leaders, AYS and Maestro Izcaray have chosen to dedicate the 2018/19 season to celebrating the tremendous talent and vision of female composers and soloists at the top of their game. From Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Jennifer Higdon, to global sensation violinist, Sarah Chang, every woman featured is a titan in the field!

The opening night concert begins with Tambor by Joan Tower, widely considered one of the most prominent living American composers. For over 50 years, Tower has worked as a creator, performer, and educator, paving the way for generations of women. AYS is proud to be on the industry’s leading edge in the conversation surrounding female representation and diversity in classical music, and thrilled to open the 2018/19 “Year of the Woman” with this much-celebrated, show-stopping work.

Led by Music Director, Carlos Izcaray, the concert also features a showcase performance from 2018 AYS Concerto Competition winner, Sérgio Coelho, of John Corigliano’s Clarinet Concerto. Rachmaninoff’s groundbreaking third symphony will round out an extraordinary evening of music, celebrating great masters and rising talent.

Now in his third season as Music Director of AYS, Maestro Carlos Izcaray is one of the leading conductors of his generation. Praised by international press, Izcaray has won top prizes at prestigious festivals and competitions the world over, appearing with numerous ensembles across five continents. Also the Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Izcaray shows special interest and prowess in undertaking the most complex works in the classical cannon, while also championing innovative programming and celebrating new and under-represented voices.


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!