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November 19, 2017 | UCLA’s Royce Hall

4pm Q&A, 4:30pm Concert

Carlos Izcaray, conductor  /  Jon Burlingame, host

John WilliamsE.T. The Extra-Terrestrial score (First half: 66minutes, second half: 51 minutes)

Tickets: $15 (free for Members)
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Be sure to ‘phone home’ and tell your friends and family: AYS is performing John Williams’ legendary score for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial live-to-picture! Led by Music Director Carlos Izcaray, AYS invites you to experience this iconic film in a new, unique way. Join music and film enthusiasts at 4 pm for a Q&A with industry leaders moderated by Jon Burlingame, with the concert and film beginning at 4:30 pm.

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7pm Dinner Party

After the concert, support AYS at an ET themed dinner party, where you can celebrate with Maestro Izcaray and film music industry luminaries — the ideal end to a thrilling evening of music and cinema.

Meal provided by Contemporary Catering with wines from Cobblestone Vineyards.

Dinner & Concert packages start at just $350! Reserve by phone at 310-470-2332, or online.

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

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 6pm
LACMA’s Bing Theater

AYS Principals Chamber Ensemble

Mozart: String Quartet in D Major, K499 (26 minutes)
Montgomery: Strum (6 minutes)
Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in C minor (30 minutes)

Free Concert     No Reservations Necessary

AYS returns to LACMA’s Sundays LIVE to feature a program selected by AYS concertmaster Gallia Kastner. This performance will also be broadcast live on KUSC as part of their Sundays Live series.

Seating will be first-come, first-served.

The house will open for AYS members at 5:30, and the general public at 5:45. Members: line up early in front of the AYS Member sign in front of the Bing Theater for your choice of the best seating.

Kensington Presents: AYS + BØRNS
Friday, October 27, 2017, 7pm
The Viaduct, Downtown LA

BØRNS, vocalist
AYS Chamber Ensemble

A unique and exciting pairing of the euphoric pop music of BØRNS with the untouchable quality of classical music from an exceptionally talented chamber ensemble of AYS musicians, this unlikely concert at the Viaduct sold-out (550 tickets) within 30 minutes of going on sale. The performance will open with an instrumental set performed by AYS, leading into a set of BØRNS chart-topping hits reimagined for chamber orchestra, with BØRNS himself providing his original vocals. Then BØRNS and his band will take the stage to present music from his upcoming album.

A very limited number of seats gave been held for the AYS community. Reserve by calling the AYS office at 310-470-2332.

This event is the inaugural project of the AYS Vanguard (young professionals council) in partnership with Kensington Presents (called “LA’s cool-kid backyard concert series”).

The Vanguard Council meet four times a year over drinks to brainstorm outside-the-box events and strategize about how to keep AYS at the forefront of orchestral innovation. There are no dues and no age limits. If you think you might be interested in joining the Vanguard council, email Director of Community Engagement Alice Dutton for more information. 

2017/18 Concert Schedule

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Sunday, September 24, 2017, 5pm
Royce Hall

Carlos Izcarayconductor  /  Aubree Oliversonviolin

Strauss: Don Juan (17 minutes)
Bruch: Violin Concerto in G minor (24 minutes)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 12 (40 minutes)

Tickets: Free

Ticketing for this concert has closed, but Walk-Up tickets are always available. Learn more about Walk-Up procedures here.

To begin our 53rd season, Music Director Carlos Izcaray leads a concert sponsored by the family of John Liebes. Featuring beloved works by Richard Strauss and Dmitri Shostakovich; with twenty year old Concerto Competition winner Aubree Oliverson on Bruch’s virtuosic Violin Concerto in G minor.

Want more of the story? Check out the program notes, written by AYS Programs & Administration Associate (previously 2017 Programs Intern) Mario Acosta.

Please note: Parking Structure 5 will be closed for renovations for the next two years. 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 22, 2017, 6pm
LACMA’s Bing Theater

AYS Principals Chamber Ensemble

Mozart: String Quartet in D Major, K499 (26 minutes)
Montgomery: Strum (6 minutes)
Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in C minor (30 minutes)

Free Concert   /   No Reservations Necessary

AYS returns to LACMA’s Sundays LIVE to feature a program selected by AYS concertmaster Gallia Kastner. This performance will also be broadcast live on KUSC as part of their Sundays Live series.

Seating will be first-come, first-served

 

Kensington Presents: AYS + BØRNS
Friday, October 27, 2017, 7pm
The Viaduct, Downtown LA

BØRNS, vocalist  /  AYS Chamber Ensemble

A unique and exciting pairing of the euphoric pop music of BØRNS with the untouchable quality of classical music from an exceptionally talented chamber ensemble of AYS musicians, this unlikely concert at the Viaduct sold-out (550 tickets) within 30 minutes of going on sale. The performance will open with an instrumental set performed by AYS, leading into a set of BØRNS chart-topping hits reimagined for chamber orchestra, with BØRNS himself providing his original vocals. Then BØRNS and his band will take the stage to present music from his upcoming album.

This sold-out event is the inaugural project of the AYS Vanguard (young professionals council) in partnership with Kensington Presents. Interested in joining the Vanguard council? Email: Alice.Dutton@AYSymphony.org

Sunday, November 19, 2017
4:00 pm Q&A  |  4:30 pm Concert
7:00 pm Dinner Party
Royce Hall

4pm Q&A, 4:30pm Concert

Carlos Izcaray, conductor  /  Jon Burlingame, host

John Williams: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial score (First half: 66minutes, second half: 51 minutes)

Tickets: $15 (free for Members)
Reserve Now

Be sure to ‘phone home’ and tell your friends and family: AYS is performing John Williams’ legendary score for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial live-to-picture! Led by Music Director Carlos Izcaray, AYS invites you to experience this iconic film in a new, unique way. Join music and film enthusiasts at 4 pm for a Q&A with industry leaders moderated by Jon Burlingame, with the concert and film beginning at 4:30 pm.

™ & © Universal Studios

7pm Dinner Party

After the concert, support AYS at an ET themed dinner party, where you can celebrate with Maestro Izcaray and film music industry luminaries — the ideal end to a thrilling evening of music and cinema.

Meal provided by Contemporary Catering with wines from Cobblestone Vineyards.

Dinner & Concert packages start at just $350! Reserve by phone at 310-470-2332, or online.

Please note: Parking Structure 5 will be closed for renovations for the next two years. 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 17, 2018, 2pm
Royce Hall


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

Tickets: Free   /   Reservations open 12.13.17

AYS invites children and families to our annual Family Music Adventure. Kids of all ages can enjoy our fun-filled, educational performance and be inspired by the awesome power of classical music!

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  /  Reservations open 12.13.17

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.

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: $15-46 (Members get a 15% discount)

Reservations open 12.13.17

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
4:30pm Q&A  |  5pm Concert
7:30pm Gala Dinner
Royce Hall

Carlos Izcaray: conductor

Izcaray: Original Composition
Revueltas: Homenaje a Federico García Lorca (11 minutes)
Copland: Lincoln Portrait (15 minutes)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” (48 minutes)

Tickets: Free   /  Reservations open 12.13.17

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, Copland and Beethoven. We are also thrilled to present the world premiere of an original composition by Music Director Carlos Izcaray. Concert preceded by Q&A with music historians and human rights advocates, exploring the use of music as a tool for social change.

Gala Dinner 7:30pm

Join AYS friends and orchestra members for our annual Gala Dinner, celebrating the continuing success of the American Youth Symphony. 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

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

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Tickets: Free

Reservations Open for Members on 12.13.17
General Reservations Open on 4.28.18

We end this season with an exciting chamber concert to thank our donors for all they do in support of AYS! Our inaugural Musician Citizen Fellow will program this performance to musically explore the power of classical music to transform lives and build community. Check for updates in Spring 2018!

Directions to the Moss Theater

Pre-Concert Info

Directions and Parking

Maps and parking information for all of our concert venues can be found here. Please note that UCLA’s Parking Structure 5 will be closed until the 2019/20 season, and we are now recommending parking in Structure 2.

Tickets

We strongly recommend reserving tickets in advance! However, if a concert has sold out, or you missed the cut-off to make a reservation, we always have seats available for standby patrons at all of our Royce Hall concerts. For concerts at other venues, please call the office at 310-470-2332 to inquire about standby options.

If you have reserved already, your tickets will either be emailed, mailed, or held at will call, depending on what you selected when you made your reservation. If you don’t remember, check your original confirmation email.

Emailed tickets can be scanned from your smart phone, or printed and presented at the door. Either way, please have them ready when you arrive. The tickets can be found attached to your original confirmation email, as a pdf document, and will look like this. If you can’t find your confirmation email, call the office at 310-470-2332 and we will be happy to resend it.

Will Call tickets are held in one of two locations: the Member Table and the General Will Call Table, both of which are set up in front of the entrance to Royce Hall. If you are a donor of $60 a year or more (or the guest of a donor or solo artist) come to the Member Table, otherwise, go to the Will Call Table. Look for signs and banners to point you in the right direction.

Walk-Up Tickets: If you want to attend a concert that has “sold-out,” or if advance reservations have closed, don’t worry! We always have tickets available for walk-up patrons at or Royce Hall concerts, and nobody has ever been turned away. You may begin lining up for walk-up tickets 45 minutes before the concert begins. The line starts in front of Royce Hall and stretches into the courtyard. Five minutes before the the performance begins, unclaimed seats are released to the walk up line.
Everybody finds a seat, every time.

Attire

The style choices of our audience are as diverse as the people themselves! We want you to be comfortable, and whether that means wearing a suit, or a party dress, or jeans and a t-shirt, you’ll fit right in. Keep in mind that some people get cold in the concert hall, so you may want to bring a sweater or jacket.

Children

We always have one family concert each year, but children and families are welcome at all our concerts! We only ask that if your child starts to get too loud or fidgety, you take a little break in the lobby (where you can hear and watch the concerts on the lobby screens), so that everyone is able to enjoy the music.

Late Seating

For the sake of our musicians and your fellow concert attendees, we do not allow seating while music is being performed. Patrons who arrive after the music has begun will be able to watch and listen to the concert from the Royce Hall lobby screens until there is a break to allow seating. Please note that in the event of a late arrival, you may be unable to sit in your original seat.

Cell Phones

We look forward to seeing photos of your night out with AYS on social media (#AYSymphony) to be taken before the concert begins, during intermission, or curtain call, etc. But we ask that you keep your phones put away during the music, for the sake of your fellow audience members, who would prefer to avoid the distraction of nearby screens.

Concert Behavior

We ask all audience members to please refrain from talking, or making noise of any kind while music is being performed, with any conversation between pieces kept quiet and brief. If you’re new to classical music, you may notice that some pieces are broken up into “movements” with short pauses in between them. These days, the popular custom is to refrain from applauding between movements, because it breaks the mood. However, prior to the 19th century, spontaneous applause was expected and encouraged (read more about the history of classical music and applause here) and it’s a subject that has been hotly debated for generations. At AYS, we believe that the music belongs to you, our audience, and we’re not interested in enforcing old rules about applauding. We say: do what feels right to you.

Post-Concert Receptions

Most of our Royce Hall performances are followed by a post-concert reception in the West Lobby. These are private events for donors, orchestra members, and their guests. If you would like to join the party, you can become a member for as little as $60 a year (and also benefit from premium seats, discounts on paid concerts, and other exclusive events). Learn more about membership.

Any other questions?

Please feel free to email Director of Community Engagement, Alice Dutton. She will be happy to help you!

2017/18 Auditions

2017/18 auditions applications OPEN for Piano ONly

AUDITION SLIDER

Audition Information | Audition Repertoire | Audition FAQ

Apply Online

UPDATE: September 5, 2017

With the exception of upcoming auditions for Tuba and Piano, all other 2017/18 auditions are now complete.
Applications remain open for piano only.

Results from the auditions last week will be emailed by the end of the day Friday, September 8.

Questions? Email Director of Orchestra Operations, Isabel Thiroux

Learn about this season’s Fellowship opportunities.

 

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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

LA Phil - Orchestra Member Portraits Photo by Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging
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 – Updated Parking Instructions for UCLA

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

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UCLA Royce Hall

Parking:

Starting in September 2017, Lot 5 will be under construction, and will be closed for approximately 2 years. Royce Hall patrons will now be directed to park in Lot 2. Parking for guests with disabilities will be in Dickson Court.
Donors at the $500 level or above: contact Alice Dutton for VIP parking instructions.

Parking in Structure 2 is $12 cash only.
Approaching from Sunset: Turn South onto Hilgard then turn right onto Westholme toward the UCLA campus, take the first left into the North entrance of Parking Structure 2.
Approaching from Westwood: Turn North on Hilgard, turn left onto Manning toward the UCLA campus, take the first right into the South entrance of Parking Structure 2.

Parking for guests with Disabled Placards: Dickson Court is $7 cash only.
From Hilgard, turn west onto Wyton toward the UCLA campus, turn left onto Charles E Young Drive East and proceed to Dickson Court. Handicap accessible parking is available adjacent to Dickson Court North and South.

All parking areas will be staffed by UCLA parking attendants to assist our guests with directions and other information. Way-finding signage will also be placed along the pathway to Royce Hall.

Shuttle and wheelchair service will also be available to Royce Hall patrons who need extra assistance. Please allow extra time if you would like to avail yourself of these services.

Shuttle service is also available from the Luskin Conference Center/Plateia Restaurant, with a dinner reservation. Please reserve the Luskin shuttle in advance by calling the Central Ticket Office at 310-825-2101 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) after making your reservation with Plateia. Reservations are required for the shuttle service.

See detailed campus map of parking structures

Map:

 

 

Public Transit Info:

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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The Ann & Jerry Moss Theater at the Herb Alpert Education Village at New Roads School

Parking:

A limited number of free parking spaces are available in the New Roads School parking lot, accessible from Olympic Boulevard. Additionally, street parking is available on Nebraska Avenue (immediately northwest of New Roads School).

Map:

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

You can donate…

By Mail

Send a check to:
5150 Wilshire Boulevard, Ste 506
Los Angeles, CA 90036

By Phone

(310) 470-2332

Online

Please fill out the secure online donation form.

Make a Gift of Stock

For instructions, click here.

Purchase a Program Book Ad

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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Advisory Council

The AYS Advisory Council serves as an invaluable resource for the AYS Board of Directors, staff, and talented musicians of the AYS orchestra. We are deeply honored to count these esteemed industry professionals as advisors and know their impact on the future of AYS will be as profound as the effect they have each had on the industry as a whole.

News & Press

2017/18 SEASON

Press Release: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial In Concert
Press Release: Season Opening Concert to Honor John Liebes
Press Release: AYS Announces 53rd Season
Press Release: AYS Receives NEA funding for a Concert in Partnership with Human Rights Watch
Press Release: New AYS Fellowships

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.
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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.