Ticketing Open for Spring 2019

 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: 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, 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
General Public, Reserve Here
Members, Login to Reserve Here

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)
General Public, Reserve Here
Members, Login to Reserve Here
 

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
General Public, Reserve Here
Members, Login to Reserve Here

 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.

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

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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!

TICKETS: FREE
No Reservations Necessary

Support AYS

We are so thankful that you are part of our community, and this holiday season, we ask you to make a gift that lets us know what AYS means to you.

Show your support with a one-time gift, or, if you haven’t yet, consider joining AYS as a member!

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Thank you for your support!

We wish you a happy holiday season!


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 fill out the 2018/19 Ad Reservation Form and email to Ads@AYSymphony.org, or mail to out office address (above). You can also call our office with your ad specifications at 310-470-2332, and we will be happy to process your order by phone. 

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 Mia McNeil. We would be happy to assist you! For a list of donor benefits, click here.

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Live at LACMA, Sunday 10/28, 6:00 pm

Sundays LIVE at LACMA
October 28th, LACMA’s Bing Theater, 6:00 pm

AYS Principals String Quartet

Gallia Kastner, First Violin
Evan Johanson, Second Violin
Johanna Nowik, Viola
Sunrise Kim, Cello

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! The evening’s program was selected by Concertmaster Gallia Kastner (David Frisina Chair, Concertmaster LAPO 1943-78), as part of her Concertmaster Fellowship, with the guidance of Music Director Carlos Izcaray.

Join us in person, listen live online, or enjoy the concert at your leisure on KUSC.org!

Seating opens for AYS members at 5:15pm,
and for the general public at 5:45 pm. 

No Reservations Necessary 
Seating is First-Come, First Served

Directions and Parking Instructions for LACMA

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.

Tickets: Free
Reserve Online Now (Members, Login to Reserve Here)
Or call 310-470-2332, 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday
Learn More:

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:

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!

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
Reserve Online Now 
(Members, Login to Reserve Here)
Or call 310-470-2332, 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday

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
Reserve at through Laemmle Live

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
Reservations Now Open!
Members, Login and Reserve Here or Call 310-470-2332
General Public, Reserve Here or Call 310-825-2101

 

 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.

DINNER IS NOW SOLD OUT
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
General Public, Reserve Here
Members, Login to Reserve Here

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)
General Public, Reserve Here
Members, Login to Reserve Here

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
General Public, Reserve Here
Members, Login to Reserve Here

 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.

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

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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!

TICKETS: FREE
No Reservations Necessary

Meet our Summer Interns

As part of the LA County Arts Commission’s Summer Internship Program, AYS is joined by two local students this summer, Marisa Fuse and Jackson Spargur. We’re thrilled to have them with us, and excited to introduce them to you!

Public Relations Intern, Marisa Fuse

Hometown: Tempe, Arizona  |  Age: 19
School: University of Southern California
Major: International Relations; Law, History, and Culture

How did you become interested in classical music?
I have been playing the flute for nine years and took music history classes in high school. But I  have always loved how classical music has the power to move you both physically and emotionally. Though I do not play classically at USC, I am still actively involved in music through the Trojan Marching Band. 

What are you most excited to work on with AYS this summer?
I was very excited to be involved with an organization that gives back to the community through music. I was able to attend the Musician Citizen concert in May and loved how active AYS was in talking about issues that affect Angelenos. 

Name a favorite piece of classical music, and a favorite piece of non-classical music:
My favorite classical piece is “Jupiter” from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”. It was the last classical piece I played in high school and happened to be one of my favorites. In terms of non-classical pieces, is “the Imitation Game Suite” by Alexandre Desplat from the Imitation Game. It’s such an emotional piece that is captivating from start to finish.

Besides working at AYS, what are you doing for fun this Summer?
I am a part of the Trojan Marching Band, so I will be doing different gigs and shows on the weekends. It is great way to get to know other musicians with other majors and interests, while still having the unifying factor of music. 


Programs Intern, Jackson Spargur

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA  |  Age: 22
School: Bard Conservatory of Music
Major: Music Composition

How did you become interested in classical music?
When I was five I started taking violin lessons, but I think my interest in that must have come from my parents playing classical music in the house.

What are you most excited to work on with AYS this summer?
I was really excited to see my composition teacher on one of the concert programs, so I’m looking forward to writing about her music.

Name a favorite piece of classical music, and a favorite piece of non-classical music:
The Blind Leaving The Blind by Chris Thile, and Only Skin by Joanna Newsom

Besides working at AYS, what are you doing for fun this Summer?
I’m recording a cover album with a high school friend, we’re doing Hiatus Kaiyote, Vulfpeck, and Corinne Bailey Rae.


LACAC

Our thanks to the LA County Arts Commission for the great opportunities this program provides for both local students and arts organizations!

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

 Read our schedule en Español

Jump to: 5/12

 

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)

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.

Walk-up tickets in the obstructed view section will be available for $5 at the door!

To reserve by phone: AYS Members, Call 310-470-2332
General Public, Call the UCLA Box Office at 310-825-2101

™ & © Universal Studios

7pm Dinner Party

After the concert, support AYS at an E.T.-themed dinner party, where you can celebrate with Maestro Izcaray and film music industry luminaries, honoring AYS Board Members David Newman and Steven Linder, pioneers of the live-to-film concert movement.

Meal provided by Contemporary Catering with wines from Cobblestone Vineyards.

Concert/Film + Dinner 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 

Presenting selections from works by Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives and Aaron Copland, with guiding narration from Resident Conductor Juan Felipe Molano, in the educational tradition of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts. Shared as part of the “Bernstein at 100” centennial celebration.

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

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.

We are trying something new with this concert, and invite your feedback! AYS Members will be able to reserve assigned seats in the Members’ section through the Members Page; while all other guests will reserve general admission/open seating tickets, and choose their seats (outside the Members’ Section) when they arrive at the venue. Please direct any questions or concerns to Director of Community Engagement, Alice Dutton.

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: $15-45 (Members get a 15% discount – see Members’ Page for details)

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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
4:30 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 

Ticketing for this event has closed, but walk-up tickets will be available at the door, starting at 4:00 pm.

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

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

Individual Dinner & Concert Packages start at $500. Tables for ten start at $5,000.

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

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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STEPHEN SCHWARTZ: Beautiful City from Godspell, featuring Urban Voices
HARRY PARTCH:
 Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales
“MOONDOG” LOUIS HARDIN: String Quartet in C Major, Mvt. 2 Romance
VIVALDI AND MARK GUTIERREZ: 58,000
VIVALDI: L’estro Armonico, Op. 3, Concertos No. 1, 3, 6, and 11
VIVALDI: Concerto No. 1 “Spring” from The Four Seasons 

Tickets: Free
Walk-Up Tickets Available at the Door, Starting at 2:15pm

We end the 2017/18 season with a very special chamber performance to thank our donors for all they do in support of AYS!

Our inaugural Musician Citizen Fellow, Spencer Baldwin, selected music for this unique event around the theme of “Home.” Each work featured on the program holds a deep connection to the issue of homelessness, including a newly added opening song, Beautiful City, presented in collaboration with Urban Voices Project, a choir made up of current and former residents of Skid Row.

Of the other composers featured, musical maverick Harry Partch dropped out of USC in 1922 and spent decades building his own instruments and composing in microtonal scales, while traveling the country as a transient worker. “Moondog” Louis Hardin, whose fans included Philip Glass and former-NY Philharmonic conductor Artur Rodziński, performed on the streets of New York City from the 1940s-70s, wearing a cloak and horned helmet, known to locals as “the Viking of 6th Avenue.”  Antonio Vivialdi, a Catholic priest as well as a composer, served from 1703-1740 as a music instructor at the Ospedale della Pieta, a Venetian orphanage known across Europe for presenting extraordinary musical performances. Together, these inspiring works prove that great art can come from unlikely places, and that music can sustain and uplift us during dark and challenging times.

Inspired by the theme of this event, AYS Bassist Mark Gutierrez has composed and will perform an original work of rhythmic poetry, set to a classical/hip-hop fusion of selections from the overture for Vivaldi’s 1733 opera Montezuma, arranged for string quartet and percussion. This work takes its name from the record number of people currently living without homes in the streets and shelters of LA County.

As part of this uplifting event and the Citizen Musician Initiative, AYS orchestra members will be volunteering with organizations providing support and services to our local homeless population.

Learn more in the press release.

This event is supported by Peter Mandell and Sarah Coade Mandell
Presented as part of their Hardly Strictly Classical Concert Series

Directions to the Moss Theater
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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!

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:

As of September 2017, Lot 5 is under construction, and will remain 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 $8 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. 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.

For early arrival and easier egress post show, parking is also available in Parking Structure #4 on Westwood Plaza – off of Sunset Blvd. Parking fee is $12 per vehicle- cash only at the kiosk or use pay-by-plate machines for credit card payments. *Parking Structure #4 requires the use of Janss Steps.

Rideshare / Guest drop off is located at the flagpole at Dickson Court (10745 Dickson Court, LA, CA 90095) Some rideshare companies use the 340 Royce Drive address, this address will take you to the back of Royce Hall and to the lower lot. If you get dropped off here, please head south and up the stairs to the front of Royce Hall.

For more information from UCLA, please click here. The Interactive Campus Map is also helpful.

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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).

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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

2018/19 Season

Press Release: AYS Announces New Executive Director

Press Release: Opening Night Concert, September 22

2017/18 SEASON

Press Release: AYS Inaugural Citizen Musician Concert, May 12, 2018

Strings Magazine: Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers [AYS Advisory Council Member] Reminisces on a Childhood Spent in the Rich Los Angeles Music Scene
May 2018

La Opinion: Concert to Honor Human Rights at Royce Hall
April 20, 2018

KUSC Out and About: From Locked Up to Speaking Out – Carlos Izcaray Tells His Story
April 20, 2018

Los Angeles Magazine: Most Interesting Things to Do This Weekend
April 18, 2018

Telemundo: Interview with Maestro Izcaray and AYS Musicians
March 23, 2018

Press Release: 2018 Gala Concert – Freedom: A Celebration of Human Rights

Harvard Westlake Chronicle: Human Rights Task Force Hosts American Youth Symphony
March 19, 2018, Kendall Dees

Beverly Hills Courier: Pianist Vladimir Feltmsan to join American Youth Symphony for a Concert of Modern Works
March 16, 2018, pg 12.

LA Magazine: Secret LA Issue, Entertainment
March 2018

Press Release: Sounds About Town: AYS and Vladimir Feltsman
Press Release: AYS Celebrates Leonard Bernstein with Two Free Concerts on Feb. 17 

Her Campus: I Saw BØRNS Perform in a Tunnel and I Lived to Write About It
October 31, 2017, Erin Caracristi

Culture Collide: BØRNS Electrifying Symphony Performance
October 2017, Gillian Driscoll

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.
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.