2017/18 Auditions – Open Now

2017/18 auditions application OPEN 6/1/2017

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Questions? Email Director of Orchestra Operations, Isabel Thiroux

Learn about this season’s Fellowship opportunities.

Strings
Associate Concertmaster
Asst Concertmaster
Principal Second Violin
Asst Principal Second Violin
Principal Viola
Asst Principal Viola
Principal Cello
All String Sections Open

Percussion
Principal Percussion
Section Percussion

Winds
Principal Flute
Principal Oboe
Principal Clarinet
Principal Bassoon
Brass
Principal Horn
Principal Trumpet
Second Trombone
Bass Trombone

Piano

Auditions will be held for all instruments. Openings subject to change, check website for updates.

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Reserve now for Spring Concerts!

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Jump to:  Gala Concert 4/22/17   |   Members Priority 5/14/17

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

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GALA Concert  6pm

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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

This concert is now sold-out for the general public, but we’re still holding great seats for our members! Members: Reserve Here
Non Members: Learn More About Membership

Walk-up tickets will be available at the door on the evening of the concert. You may line up for walk-up tickets as early as 5:15pm in front of Royce Hall.

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.

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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

Reserve Dinner & Concert Packages Now

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Mother’s Day
*Sunday, May 14, 2017, 3pm
*Ann & Jerry Moss Theater at the
Herb Alpert Education Village at New Roads School

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Members Priority

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

Tickets: Free
Reservations Now Open for Members
General Reservations Open: 4.26.17

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. Celabrate Mother’s day with an afternoon of music from the American Youth Symphony!

*The date, time, and location of this event have been updated from our original schedule

2016/17 Full Concert Schedule

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Sunday, October 16, 2016, 5pm
Royce Hall

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TITAN

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Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Coleman Itzkoff,
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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. 

Ticketing for this concert is now closed.

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

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Sundays LIVE

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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.

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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

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Back to the Future – LIVE to Picture!

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David Newman, conductor
Jon Burlingame, host

Alan Silvestri: Back to the Future score

Ticketing for this concert is now closed.

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.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017, 11am
Royce Hall

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Family Concert

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BIZET: Carmen Overture
BRITTEN: Four Sea Interludes (selection)
With video from Disney’s FANTASIA:
STRAVINSKY: Firebird, Danse Infernal and
PONCHIELLI: Dance of the Hours
Featuring a selection from the 4:30pm concert:
FURUKAWA: The Last Guardian Suite (to video)

Tickets: Free

Ticketing for this concert is now closed.

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!

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

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Game Changer

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Juan Felipe Molano, resident conductor
Emily Reese, host

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

Ticketing for this concert is now closed.

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!

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

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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

Ticketing for this concert is now closed.

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

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GALA Concert  6pm

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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

Ticketing for this concert is now closed.

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.

Rachel Crop

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

Ticketing for this event is now closed.

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Mother’s Day
*Sunday, May 14, 2017, 3pm
*Ann & Jerry Moss Theater at the
Herb Alpert Education Village at New Roads School

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Members Priority

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Juan Felipe Molano, Resident conductor
Dancers from ArtsistPlus

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

Tickets: Free
Ticketing for this event is now closed

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. Celabrate Mother’s day with an afternoon of music from the American Youth Symphony!

Directions to the Moss Theater

*The date, time, and location of this event have been updated from our original schedule

2016/17 Hollywood Project: Back to the Future!

Back to the Future – LIVE to Picture!

David Newman, conductor
Jon Burlingame, host
Alan Silvestri, composer

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

7pm Q&A, 7:30 Concert

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 composer Alan Silvestri and Back to the Future screenwriter/producer Bob Gale, moderated by film music journalist and historian Jon Burlingame.

5pm Fundraiser Dinner:

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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The AYS Hollywood Project is supported by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and BMI, and presented in partnership with the Film Music Society.

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Music Director & Resident Conductor

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In May of 2016, the American Youth Symphony was thrilled to announce the appointment of Maestro Carlos Izcaray as Music Director; only the third conductor to hold that title in the organization’s distinguished 52-year history.

Maestro Izcaray, Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, was selected from a vast field of highly qualified candidates from around the world, by a search committee that included such luminaries as Composer and Conductor David Newman; Los Angeles Philharmonic COO, Chad Smith; NY Philharmonic VP of Artistic Planning, Edward Yim; and Dean of the USC Thornton School of Music, Robert Cutietta; as well as a host of AYS Board Members, alumni, and industry leaders.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Carlos Izcaray become our new Music Director.  AYS musicians and audiences will greatly benefit from his artistry, enthusiasm, and experience. We all look forward to the future of this exciting partnership.” – Kevin Dretzka, Chairman of the Board of AYS

Considered one of the leading conductors of his generation, Maestro Izcaray has toured extensively throughout the US and Europe as a guest conductor, and has worked tirelessly to support the next generation of musicians by partnering with the world’s top talents and leading music education institutions, including El Sistema in his native Venezuela, Cambridge University Music Society, London Schools Symphony Orchestra, and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. Throughout his career, Izcaray has shown special interest and prowess in tackling some of the most complex scores in the symphonic repertoire, while also championing the historically informed approach to works from past eras.

“I’m incredibly honored and excited to become the next Music Director of the American Youth Symphony, an ensemble with a deep history and a bright future in the great city of Los Angeles. AYS is without a doubt one of a handful of elite training orchestras in the United States, hence I cherish the opportunity to contribute in the development of the next generation of top professional musicians.” – Carlos Izcaray

Born into an artistic family in Caracas, Maestro Izcaray was enrolled in Venezuela’s public system of youth orchestras at age three, and began studying conducting with his father when he was a teenager. He is an alumnus of the Interlochen Arts Academy, New World School of the Arts, and Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He was named a distinguished fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, and won top prizes at the Aspen Music Festival, and Toscanini International Conducting Competition, in 2007 and 2008.

In addition to his work on the podium, Maestro Izcaray is also a celebrated cellist, accomplished composer, and avid human rights activist. His musical tastes range from Mozart and Shostakovich to Miles Davis and Radiohead, and he has even been known to share his musical talents outside of the concert hall as a Deep House DJ. He is a dual citizen of Spain and Venezuela, and is currently based in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife Yolanda, and their three children Sofia, Alicia and Sebastian. He is now looking forward to coming to LA on a regular basis, and beginning what he believes is the start of a great relationship with this amazingly vibrant city.

“We are eager to introduce our community to Maestro Izcaray’s inspiring approach to both musical pedagogy and programming. Maestro Izcaray is one of the greatest examples in this art form of conductors who skillfully embrace its rich history and traditions in equal measure with an innovative embrace of its future.” – Varina Bleil, Executive Director of AYS

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LA Phil – Orchestra Member Portraits
Photo by Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging

AYS has also hired a Resident Conductor, Maestro Juan Felipe Molano. Maestro Molano was appointed conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s YOLA in 2014, and previously held that position with the Colombian Youth Philharmonic and Batuta Colombian System of Youth Orchestras (El Sistema – Colombia). He served as Music Director of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra for five years, conducting an eclectic symphonic repertoire, operas and contemporary works, and collaborating with artists such as Placido Domingo, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Joseph De Pasquale, and Ryu Goto, among many others. He has also conducted top orchestras throughout Europe, the United States, Asia, and South and Central America, including Los Angeles Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Symphony and Youth Orchestra of Americas. He has a deep passion for education; he has worked as a university professor for the last 15 years in Colombia, Mexico and now the US, and is committed to inspiring orchestras and enriching audiences from the podium. Maestro Molano lives in Los Angeles with his wife Cristina, and daughters Isabella and Valeria.

Maestros Izcaray and Molano are looking forward to working together to uphold the exemplary educational and performance tradition of the American Youth Symphony.

AYS was founded in 1964 by Maestro Mehli Mehta, who held the podium until he retired in 1998, at age 90. He then passed the baton to Maestro Alexander Treger, who led the orchestra through its 50th Anniversary Season in 2014/15.

Heralded by KUSC’s Jim Svejda as “the finest youth symphony on earth,” the mission of AYS is to inspire the future of classical music. The orchestra provides paid fellowships to 100 musicians in high school through doctoral music programs who represent extraordinary talent from all over the world; and presents concerts for free as a gift to the community – part of a long-standing commitment to eliminating all barriers to experiencing the remarkable beauty, power and inspiration of classical masterworks.

Maestro Izcaray and AYS Musicians - Photo by Philip Holahan

Venue Information

Royce Hall
LACMA’s Bing Theater
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Ann & Jerry Moss Theater

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UCLA Royce Hall

Parking:

From Sunset Boulevard, turn South onto Royce Drive, cross Charles E. Young Drive North, and follow the signs for Royce Hall to Parking Structure 5. The walk from the Parking Structure 5 to Royce Hall takes approximately 10 minutes. If you need assistance, please inform the parking attendant when you arrive, and they can request a wheelchair for you. Parking on campus is $12. Handicapped parking is $6.  Parking in Lot 5 is cash only.

Map:

Public Transit:

Metro LA:

From Downtown/Hollywood/Beverly Hills: Metro Orange Line 2 to Hilgard and Wyton
(0.3 mile walk to Royce Hall)

From Pacoima/Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks: Metro Red Line 761 to Hilgard and Westholme
(0.4 mile walk to Royce Hall)

Big Blue Bus:

From Venice/Santa Monica via Main Street and Santa Monica Blvd: Route 1

From Santa Monica via Wilshire Blvd: Route 2

From LAX/Marina Del Rey/ Santa Monica/Brentwood via Lincoln Blvd and Montana Ave: Route 3

From Santa Monica/West LA/Westwood via Ocean Park Blvd, National Blvd, and Westwood Blvd: Route 8 

From Palms/West LA, via Westwood Blvd: Route 12

On weekends, each of these lines ends at the Ackerman Loop. (0.3 mile walk to Royce Hall)

 Culver City Bus:

From LAX/Culver City/Palms via Sepulveda Blvd: Route 6. Line ends at the Ackerman Loop.
(0.3 mile walk to Royce Hall)

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Bing Theater

Parking:

Parking for LACMA is located at the Pritzker Parking Garage on Sixth Street, just east of Fairfax Avenue, and on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard at Spaulding Avenue. The $12 charge may be prepaid at a pay station located in each parking lot. Parking is free after 7 pm entry.

Map & Directions:

 

Museum Map:

LACMA-Map

 

Public Transit:

Metro 20 & 720 on Wilshire and 217, 218, and 780 on Fairfax all stop within half a block of LACMA. See the Metro website for bus and subway maps or call 323-GoMetro (323 466-3876).

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Walt Disney Concert Hall

Parking:

Parking is available directly beneath Walt Disney Concert Hall. Enter on Second Street or Lower Grand Avenue. Regular parking costs $9 beginning at 4:30 p.m. for evening concerts; two hours before weekday matinees; and all day on weekends. Both the Second Street and Lower Grand entrances will be open 6am to midnight, Monday through Friday, and 7am to midnight on Saturday and Sunday.

Valet parking is available for $23 at the Hope Street entrance, beginning at 5:00 p.m. for evening concerts, two hours before weekday matinees and all day on weekends. The Hope Street valet and Founders parking entrance will open three hours before each concert.

Accessible parking spaces for vehicles displaying valid, state-issued disability parking placards or license plates are reserved near the elevators on each level.

For questions or problems regarding Music Center parking, please contact Classic Parking at 213.972.3476.

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Map and Directions:

 

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

Parking:
There is a (free) parking lot at the New Roads School, accessible from Olympic Boulevard, available for the first 100 cars. Once the lot fills, street parking is available on Nebraska Avenue.

Support AYS

AYS Believes…

  • Access to excellent musical training should be based solely on merit, not financial means
  • Exceptional quality orchestral performances should be accessible to all members of the community
  • Classical music is not only alive and vibrant, but is relevant to all audiences

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Send a check to:
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If you would like to purchase an ad in one of our program books, please mail in the 2016-17 Ad Form, or call our office with your ad specifications, and we will be happy to process your order by phone. You are also welcome to fax your order to (310) 470-2772.

Make a Gift in Tribute

If you would like to make a gift to honor someone, we will send a card to your honoree (or their family) and include your tribute in the next program book. If you choose to make a gift in tribute, please include the name of your honoree, the address to which we should send the card, and any brief message you wish to include in the comment section of the order form.

If you need assistance, please call us, or e-mail Delaney Wessel. We would be happy to assist you! For a list of donor benefits, click here.

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2015/16 Concerts

Sunday, September 27, 2015, 4pm
Royce Hall

Star Trek Into Darkness LIVE to Picture

David Newman, conductor
Michael Giacchino, composer
Jon Burlingame, host

We open our season with an AYS first—an entire score played live to picture! Immerse yourself in the intensity of Academy Award® winning composer Michael Giacchino’s exhilarating score for J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster hit Star Trek Into Darkness. World-renowned conductor and film composer David Newman leads the orchestra and audience in this exciting cinematic adventure!

Composer, Michael Giacchino, and host, Jon Burlingame, reporter for The Film Music Society and film-music history professor at the University of Southern California, will hold a pre-concert Q&A with the audience (starting at 4 pm). 

This is not your typical night at the symphony—cheers, boos (for the villains, that is) and costumes are all encouraged! This event presents a chance to throw on that Starfleet uniform and capture some priceless photos!

FREE to AYS Members
(Members reserve through the Members’ Page)

General Public Tickets: $15 in advance | $20 at the door

Sunday, October 25, 2015
LACMA’s Bing Theater

Strauss: Sextet for Strings from Capriccio
Dvorák: String Quintet in E-flat Major

Philip Marten, violin
Chiai Tajima, violin
Laura Jesson, viola
Sequoyah Sugiyama, viola
Coleman Itzkoff, cello
Iona Batchelder, cello 

AYS returns to LACMA’s Sundays LIVE to feature principal AYS string players. This joyful chamber music concert showcases the caliber of AYS musicians with beloved works by Richard Strauss and Antonín Dvorák.

THIS IS NOT A TICKETED EVENT

Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7pm
Royce Hall

Emmanuel Villaume, conductor
Andrew von Oeyen, piano

Ravel: Menuet antique
Lazarof: Poema
Gershwin: 2nd Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major
Debussy: La mer

Distinguished French Maestro Emmanuel Villaume leads AYS in a “sea” of French and American music. The orchestra will perform Debussy’s La mer, which has become one of his most admired works, as well as Ravel’s Minuet antique and Henri Lazarof’s Poema. Critically acclaimed concert pianist Andrew von Oeyon joins the orchestra for Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G and Gershwin’s sensational Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra.

Free Concert

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 11am
Royce Hall

Juan Felipe Molano, Conductor

Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Op. 34
Rimsky–Korsakov: Scheherazade op. 35, Mvt. II The Tale of Prince Kalendar
Peck: Playing With Style

Rimsky Korsakov: The Flight of the Bumblebee
Offenbach: Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld 

Children and families are invited to discover the world of classical music! We’re partnering with First 5 LA to present a concert and activities for kids of all ages—the perfect way to share classical music and create a lasting legacy for the next generation.

Free Concert

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 7pm
Royce Hall

Robert McDuffie, conductor and soloist
Marc Williams, resident conductor

Glass: The American Four Seasons
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Famed violinist Robert McDuffie joins AYS to play and conduct Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 2 – The American Four Seasons, a work written specially for McDuffie, inspired by Vivaldi’s Baroque Classic.

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade will unleash excitement as this passionate musical adaptation of the classic Arabian folk tale reverberates through Royce Hall.

Free Concert 

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall

David Alan Miller, conductor
Luke McEndarfer, chorus conductor
Coleman Itzkoff, cello
National Children’s Chorus

Tan Dun: Heaven Earth Mankind

Feel the power of Tan Dun’s highly-acclaimed work as award-winning conductor David Alan Miller leads AYS and the National Children’s Chorus in the West Coast premiere of Heaven Earth Mankind. Don’t miss this spectacular concert at the majestic Walt Disney Concert Hall as Coleman Itzkoff, AYS Principal Cellist, guest solos in a piece premiered by Yo-Yo Ma to commemorate China’s reunification with Hong Kong in 1997.

Tickets $15 – $43; Members receive a 15% discount!

SOLD OUT 

Friday, April 1, 2016
7:30pm Concert
8:30pm Gala Dinner
Royce Hall

James Conlon, conductor

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 1
STRAUSS: Also Sprach Zarathustra

We are thrilled to welcome the beloved Music Director of the Los Angeles Opera, James Conlon, to conduct the 2016 Gala concert! Conlon, who has been the LA Opera’s conductor since 2006, recently celebrated his 11th season as Music Director of the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.

“There is only one competition in life, and that is the race with time to realize your potential in only one lifetime.” – James Conlon

Free Concert

8:30 pm Gala Dinner

AYS friends and fans of the evening’s honorees: Maestro Conlon, Philanthropist Marilyn Ziering, and Composer Walter Arlen; 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 AYS’ biggest fundraiser of the year and help gift these extraordinary concerts to your community!

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 7pm
Ann & Jerry Moss Theater at the Herb Albert Educational Village at New Roads School

Yehuda Gilad, conductor
Simone Porter, violin

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D

We conclude our season with a Members Priority concert as part of Sarah & Peter Mandell’s “Hardly Strictly Classical” series.

International rising star and AYS alumna, Simone Porter, delights us with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D, preceded by Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony.

 

News & Press

2016/17 SEASON

Press Release: 2017 Members Priority Concert Features Appalachian Spring
Press Release:
2017 AYS Gala Features Concerto Competition Winner Rachel Ostler
Press Release:
AYS Joins Forces with Electric Guitar Icon Steve Vai (Read en Español)

Music Respawn! Jason Graves & Austin Wintory In A Game Changer Concert
Press Relase: American Youth Symphony to Perform Free Concert Featuring Songs from Notable PlayStation Games

Press Release: Historic Million Dollar Gift from Peter Mandell and Sarah Coade Mandell

BMI: Back to the Future with American Youth Symphony
Film Music Society: Back to the Future Live-to-Picture
LAist: You’re Going Back to the Future
Daily Bruin: 
Youth Symphony to Perform Live ‘Back to the Future’ Score at Royce Hall
Press Release: Back to the Future Concert

Press Release: Season Opening Concert
Press Release: Announcing the 2016/17 Season

2015/16 SEASON

AYS Musicians Perform at Gala Honoring John Williams:
Variety: 
John Williams Honored by Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford at AFI Gala 
Billboard: 
Steven Spielberg, George Lucas & Kobe Bryant Laud Composer John Williams At Emotional AFI Toast
LA Times: ‘E.T.,’ ‘Jaws,’ ‘Star Wars’ composer John Williams honored at American Film Institute
Deadline: John Williams’ AFI Gala Had The Ultimate Hollywood Soundtrack
The Wrap: 11 Things We Learned at AFI Tribute to John Williams
June 10, 2016
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Press Release:
American Youth Symphony Names New Music Director and Resident Conductor
En Español:
La American Youth Symphony Nombra Nuevo Director Musical Y Director Residente.

Press Release: AYS Receives NEA Grant for “Vivaldi to Video Games” Concert

David Newman Honored by BMI:
Hollywood Reporter | April 12, 2016
Broadway World | April 28, 2016
Film Music Society | May 13, 2016
Yahoo News | May 12, 2016

AYS and National Children’s Chorus Rise to Heaven Earth Mankind
Rick Schultz, LA Times | March 15, 2016

K-Mozart Arts Reports: Heaven Earth Mankind
Nick Tyler interviews David Alan Miller and Coleman Itzkoff

Press Release: AYS and Nation Children’s Chorus in LA Premiere

Press Release: Famed Violinist Joins AYS to Perform a Work Written for him by Philip Glass

Press Release: Free Family Music Adventure Concert

Press Release: AYS Guest Conductors Spring 2016

AYS Launches 51st Season with Michael Giacchino’s Exhilarating Score
for Star Trek Into Darkness Played Live to Picture

American Youth Symphony Beams Up!
Paula Parisi, Max the Trax | August 28, 2015

Star Trek Into Darkness Gets Symphonic
Daily Concepts Blog | September 9, 2015

2014/15 SEASON

April 2015: KUSC reporter Tim Grieving sat down with AYS Executive Director, Varina Bleil, and Principal Timpanist, Steven Logan, to discuss the orchestra’s unique blend of professionalism and youthfulness.
Check it out! 

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Donation In Memory of Henri Lazarof Allows American Youth Symphony To Name Music Director Chair
Beverly Hills Courier | May 2014

Press Release: AYS VITALITY Concert with Sarah Chang

Press Release: AYS 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala

Press Release: AYS and Valentina Lisitsa at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Press Release: Music Director Alexander Treger to conclude AYS Tenure at the end of the 2014-15 Season

2013/14 SEASON
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AYS Receives Major Gift to Name Music Director Chair
Press Release | May 1, 2014

AYS delivers an ebullient finish to the 49th season
Examiner.com | April 15, 2014

Young Guns
Out West Arts | April 27, 2014

Interview with Nigel Armstrong
Violinist.com | April 10, 2014

Springtime in Paris with Valentina Lisitsa
Culture Spot LA

The Elfman Project II
Broadway World | November 1, 2013

Concerto for Piano and YouTube
New York Times | Oct 11, 2013

American Youth Symphony fine-tunes new pieces for season opening
The Daily Bruin | October 3, 2013

New Season opens October 6 at Royce Hall
Press Release

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American Youth Symphony Explores the work of Composer Danny Elfman
The Hollywood Reporter | May 1, 2012

David Newman and AYS embark on a three-year exploration of Danny Elfman’s music
Film Score Monthly | May 2012

American Youth Symphony Salutes Danny Elfman
Film Music Society | April 18, 2012

Record Numbers Pack Royce Hall for Symposium and Concert
Film Music Society | May 9, 2012

American Youth Symphony Presents Danny Elfman Project
Broadcast Music, Inc. | April 17, 2012

10 Questions with David Newman
Broadcast Music, Inc | April 27, 2012


PAST SEASONS

Daníel Bjarnason wins Iceland’s Composer of the Year for “The isle is full of noises” — a work co-commissioned by AYS and the LACC
Press Release | February 26, 2013

Concert features American Youth Symphony, renowned pianist
The Daily Bruin | November 16, 2012

Co-Concertmaster Mayumi Kanagawa makes an impressive debut at Disney Hall
LA Times | April 24, 2012

Disney Hall Concert Review: What happens when the musical cream rises to the top
San Gabriel Valley Tribune | March 5, 2012

AYS co-commissions a new work by Danìel Bjarnason
Glendale News-Press | March 2, 2012 AYS

LA Phil Presents: AYS and LACC
Press Release

AWARDED TOP SCORE

AYS receives the highest score of all 2011/12 LA County Arts Commission Grant applicants.
LA Times | July 5, 2011

THE GOLDSMITH PROJECT GRAND FINALE

David Newman conducts the final concert of the Goldsmith Project
Film Score Monthly | March 17, 2011

Every piece performed during the concert, fron the hair-raising Twilight Zone: The Movie overture to the indelible action cue “Roxie Loses” from Basic Instinct… showcased Goldsmith’s brilliance as well as the utmost importance of having film music performed live.”

Cheering crowds fill Royce Hall to celebrate Goldsmith’s lasting legacy
Marilee Bradford reviews the climax of the Goldsmith Project.
Film Music Society | March 16, 2011

David Newman discusses The Goldsmith Project
Jerry Goldsmith Online | March 8, 2011

It’s amazing what you can accomplish with terrific players and a large amount of rehearsal. You really hear the music for what it is.”

Concert Videos

2015/16 Season

November 17, 2015 | Royce Hall

Emmanuel Villaume, conductor
Andrew von Oeyen, piano

Ravel: Menuet antique
Lazarof: Poema
Gershwin: Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major
Debussy: La mer

Videography by Visionmixer Productions

Check out our Pre-Concert Podcast with Andrew von Oeyen

AYS Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

VITALITY Concert with Sarah Chang
May 22, 2015
Ann & Jerry Moss Theater
At the Herb Alpert Educational Village
At New Roads School

David Newman, conductor
Sarah Chang, violin

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Video Installation by Jake Michaels
Concert Videography by Visionmixer Productions

Celebration Concert, April 26, 2015 | Royce Hall

Alexander Treger, conductor
Glenn Dicterow, violin
Karen Dreyfus, viola

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”

Videography by Visionmixer Production

Check out our Pre-Concert Podcast with Glenn Dicterow and Karen Dreyfus

Legacy Concert, February 8, 2015 | Royce Hall

Alexander Treger, conductor
Michael Sachs, trumpet

Berlioz: Le Corsaire Overture
Eino Tamberg: Concerto for Trumpet No. 1
Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony

Videography by Visionmixer Production

Check out our Pre-Concert Podcast with Michael Sachs

Imagination Concert, November 23, 2014 | Royce Hall

Part 2: The Elfman Project III

David Newman, conductor

Videography by Visionmixer Production

Passion Concert, October 12, 2014 | Royce Hall

Alexander Treger, conductor

Henri Lazarof Cello Concerto No. 4
Allan Steele, cello

Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Videography by Visionmixer Production

Celebrating 50 years

From the Archives

John Williams conducts as AYS plays the theme from E.T.