Feb. 23 – Year of the Woman Concert at Royce Hall

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23
6 pm Q&A
7 pm Concert
UCLA’s 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 PublicReserve Here
Members, Login to Reserve Here


Learn more about this event in the official press release.

Please note: Parking Structure 5 will be closed for renovations for the next two years.

Please see our updated parking instructions.

 

 

AYS & NCC at Disney Hall, 3/31 Concert

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: $15-46
(25% off for AYS Members)

General Public, Reserve Here

Members, Login to Reserve Here
 
 

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

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

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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. 

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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.

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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

_

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!