Citizen Musician Concert, May 12, 2019

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Mother’s Day, Sunday May 12, 2019, 2:00 pm
The York Manor


AYS String Quartet
Anna Vosbigian, Citizen Musician Fellow

Amy BEACH Quartet for Strings (13 min)
Rebecca CLARKE Comodo et amabile (9 min)
Poem (8 min)
Lullaby and Grotesque for viola & cello (6 min)
Kaija SAARIAHO Cloud Trio for violin, viola and cello (16 min)
Julia WOLFE Early that Summer (12 min)
Dig Deep (14 min)
Four Marys (11 min)

This program has been specially selected by our 2018/19 Citizen Musician Fellow, Anna Vosbigian, to complete the “Year of the Woman” season with a selection of works by female composers throughout history.

Anna collaborated with Maestro Izcaray and AYS staff to plan and program this year’s Citizen Musician Concert. This is the second year for this project — inspired and supported by a program Yo-Yo Ma developed at the Civic Orchestra of Chicago — teaching leadership in the use of classical music to transform lives and build community. The aim is to bridge the gap between high art and community art, and in the words of Yo-Yo Ma “transcend technique in order to seek out the truths in our world in a way that gives meaning and sustenance to individuals and communities.”

The Musician Citizen Fellowship is Sponsored By
Peter Mandell and Sarah Coade Mandell

Members: Reserve Now

New Venue:
The York Manor
4908 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042


Anna Vosbigian, 2018/19 Citizen Musician Fellow

Anna Vosbigian graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University with a degree in Music and International Studies. She currently teaches privately and conducts the orchestra and band at New West Charter Middle School. While at Northwestern, she studied with Almita Vamos and Shmuel Ashkenasi and was previously a recipient of the Richard D. Colburn scholarship as a student of Danielle Belen. After graduating, she was part of a piano quintet for Lincoln Center Stage on Holland America Line cruises in Alaska. As a winner of the Young Stars of the Future, she soloed with the South Coast Symphony and has also soloed with Symphony Irvine and the Luzerne Symphony Orchestra. She has been a member of the American Youth Symphony since high school, was concertmaster of the Colburn Chamber Orchestra and has also performed with the Colburn Conservatory Orchestra. With a strong interest in giving back to the community, she enjoys performing at retirement centers and while at Northwestern, volunteered regularly with Music Matters, an organization that brings musicians to the hospital to perform for long-term patients. In addition to classical violin, she has studied Irish fiddling, performs in a post-modern trio and plays viola and piano.

“Being an AYS fellow has been an immensely rewarding experience, as I learned to curate a full concert and journeyed through the history of female composers and their chamber music. This program spans almost a century, showcasing the diverse capabilities of string instruments – from melancholy to fierce to joyful – and displaying the virtuosity of the AYS musicians.” – Anna Vosbigian

2019 Internships – Apply Now!

Internships Summer 2019!

This summer, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission is generously funding three 10-week paid internships through their Summer Arts Internship Program. The program is open to all currently-enrolled undergraduates in LA County (full eligibility details here).

PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERN:

DESCRIPTION

The PR intern with the American Youth Symphony will be a valued member of a small and passionate administrative team that supports our 100 orchestral musicians. You will be writing original copy for the 2019/20 press materials, website, creating and editing the Annual Report, as well as creating and managing the season’s PR and marketing calendar. Your work will be seen by thousands of donors, potential audience members, and music and media contacts. This position is ideal for a classical music buff who is looking to gain experience and contacts in arts administration and have a rewarding and valuable summer.

QUALIFICATIONS

The PR Intern must have very strong written and verbal communication skills, and must be prepared to represent AYS to the public in a professional manner. Ideally, they have an interest in symphonic music and the promotion of orchestral music in Los Angeles. They must be Mac proficient and experienced with the Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with any of the following would be beneficial: Adobe Creative Suite,Photoshop, Audition, Premiere and/or InDesign.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and 2 writing samples (essays, articles, or letters) to apply@aysymphony.org with the subject line “PR Intern”

DEVELOPMENT INTERN:

DESCRIPTION

The Development Intern with the American Youth Symphony will have the opportunity to focus on fundraising strategies for the 2019/20 season by working with our administrative support staff that supports our 100 orchestra musicians. The Intern will help to strategize and implement a membership campaign for the 2019/20 season. In addition, they will be responsible for tracking and planning the cultivation of donors through tracking our 53-year alumni as well as managing the Executive Director’s Major Gifts portfolio. This position is ideal for a classical music enthusiast who is looking to gain experience in communication and fundraising.

QUALIFICATIONS

The Development Intern must be someone with a passion for supporting orchestral music in Los Angeles. The Intern should be friendly and outgoing, and demonstrate initiative, flexibility, and resourcefulness in working effectively on multiple tasks. They should also have excellent verbal communication as well as possess creativity, strong writing and grammatical proofreading skills, and a collaborative approach and commitment to teamwork. Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite is required, experience with fundraising databases such as Salesforce or Tessitura are preferred but not mandatory.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and 2 writing samples (essays, articles, or letters) to apply@aysymphony.org with the subject line “Development Intern Application”

MUSIC LIBRARY INTERN

DESCRIPTION

The Music Library Intern with the American Youth Symphony will have the opportunity to focus thoroughly on the music for the 2019/20 season by working with our administrative support staff on two major projects: writing program notes for up to 25 musical works to be featured in the AYS program books and organizing the AYS music library (sorting, scanning, cataloguing, etc.). Your original program notes will be based on your research and analysis of orchestral works and will provide insightful background on the music, while simultaneously making this history and analysis accessible to novice listeners. This position is ideal for a music history enthusiast who is seeking valuable experience in orchestra management and will serve as an entry into the world of classical music administration.

QUALIFICATIONS

The Music Library Intern must be a skilled and confident writer and researcher with a strong music background (music major preferred), a desire to serve the community, and the ability to take direction and work independently. Must be experienced with the Microsoft Office Suite.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and 2 writing samples (essays, articles, or letters) to apply@aysymphony.org with the subject line “Music Library Intern Application”

The American Youth Symphony Partners with the National Children’s Chorus to Premiere a Commission by Composer Nico Muhly

LED BY AMERICAN YOUTH SYMPHONY MUSIC DIRECTOR CARLOS IZCARAY AND NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CHORUS MUSIC DIRECTOR LUKE MCENDARFER, THIS CONCERT FEATURES TWO GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS, SOPRANO JESSICA RIVERA AND PIANIST GLORIA CHENG

Sunday, March, 31, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall

(Thursday, February 28, 2019, Los Angeles, CA) – The American Youth Symphony (AYS) returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Sounds About Town concert series, partnering with the National Children’s Chorus (NCC). Both prestigious musical institutions, the American Youth Symphony is an elite professional training orchestra made up of college and graduate students from the most prominent music programs in the country, while NCC is one of the nation’s leading treble choruses, with ensembles in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

Led by AYS Music Director, Carlos Izcaray, AYS and NCC will perform The Right of your Senses by Nico Muhly, a world-premiere, co-commissioned by AYS, NCC and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Specially chosen for this project by the LA Phil, NCC, and AYS, Muhly is a sought-after composer and collaborator whose previous commissioners include The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. This exciting new work will feature Grammy winning soprano, Jessica Rivera, whose voice has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “effortless precision and tonal luster.”

Also on the program: Gabriel Faure’s Messe Basse; Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms; and Alexander Scriabin’s Prometheus, Poem of Fire, Symphony No. 5, for which the orchestra and chorus will be joined by Grammy and Emmy winning pianist, Gloria Cheng.

Tickets range from $15-45 (AYS Members get a 25% discount). Reserve tickets now at AYSymphony.org/tickets

Heralded as “the finest youth symphony on earth,” by KUSC’s Jim Svejda, the American Youth Symphony has been fulfilling its mission to inspire the future of classical music for over 50 years. AYS presents exceptional, innovative concerts based on a landmark Fellowship program for young professional musicians in high school through doctoral music programs. Competitively selected, the 100-piece orchestra represents extraordinary talent from all over the world. AYS concerts are shared for free or significantly reduced admission, out of a commitment to creating access and opportunity for everyone to experience the power and inspiration of this beautiful art form. Learn more at: aysymphony.org

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

NICO MUHLY
Nico Muhly is an American contemporary classical music composer and arranger who has worked and recorded with both classical and pop musicians. He is a member of the Icelandic music collective/recording label Bedroom Community. Muhly is a sought-after collaborator whose influences range from American minimalism to the Anglican choral tradition. The recipient of commissions from The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Philadelphia Orchestra and others, he has written more than 80 concert works. In addition to his symphonic and operatic works, he has composed extensively for stage and screen, with credits that include music for the 2013 Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie and scores for the films Kill Your DarlingsMe, Earl And The Dying Girl; and the Academy Award-winning The Reader. He has worked as an arranger and collaborator with a host of musical luminaries, including Joanna Newsom and Sufjan Stevens. Learn more at: nicomuhly.com

JESSICA RIVERA
This Grammy-winning soprano is one of the most creatively inspired vocal artists of our time. The intelligence, dimension and spirituality with which she infuses her performances has garnered Ms. Rivera unique artistic collaborations with many of today’s most celebrated composers, including John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jonathan Leshnoff, and has brought her together with such esteemed conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, Bernard Haitink and Michael Tilson Thomas. Learn more at:  www.jessicarivera.com

GLORIA CHENG
Grammy and Emmy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng has been a recitalist at the Ojai Festival, William Kapell Festival, and Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, and has performed on leading concert series including Carnegie Hall’s Making Music, Cal Performances, San Francisco Performances, and Stanford Lively Artso. 2015 saw the launch of MONTAGE: Great Film Composers and the Piano, an award-winning film featuring works composed for her by Bruce Broughton, Don Davis, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, Randy Newman, and John Williams. Learn more at: www.gloriachengpiano.com

CARLOS IZCARAY
AYS Music Director Carlos Izcaray has an international reputation as seasoned composer, conductor and educator. Izcaray is a strong believer in supporting younger generations, working extensively with the world’s top talents and leading music institutions. In addition to having led prestigious orchestras in Colombia, Argentina, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa and more, Izcaray has distinguished himself as a talented instrumentalist who has been featured as a concert soloist and chamber musician worldwide. Throughout his career, Izcaray has shown special interest and prowess in tackling some of the most complex scores in the symphonic repertoire, while championing a historically informed approach to works from past eras. He also serves as Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, with whom his most recent orchestral composition, Yellowhammer, received rave reviews for its world premiere in February 2018. Learn more at:  www.carlosizcaray.com

NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CHORUS
The National Children’s Chorus, under the leadership of Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer and Associate Artistic Director Dr. Pamela Blackstone, is quickly establishing itself as America’s leading treble chorus, with a set of ensembles based in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Performing locally and abroad, the National Children’s Chorus is one of few youth arts organizations in the world to have its concert series presented by professional music halls. Tracing its lineage back to the 1904 inception of the Paulist Choristers in Chicago, the National Children’s Chorus, co-founded by Luke McEndarfer and Cristina Demiany in 2008, has garnered a superb reputation for musical excellence, and amassed an impressive résumé of experience. Learn more at: nationalchildrenschorus.com

Internationally-Renowned Violinist, Sarah Chang, Joins The American Youth Symphony (AYS) for World-Premiere Performance of a New Work by Celebrated Film Composer, Fil Eisler

Press Release: ANNUAL AYS GALA CONCERT WILL SERVE AS THE INAUGURAL EVENT OF THE KORNGOLD COMMISSION PROJECT, SUPPORTED BY PETER MANDELL AND SARAH COADE MANDELL

AYS Music Director Carlos Izcaray leads works by Clyne and Strauss
Guest conductor Jessica Bejarano Makes AYS Debut

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at UCLA’s Royce Hall
5:00 p.m. Concert
7:00 p.m. Annual Gala Dinner
Concert tickets are FREE

(3/21/19, Los Angeles, CA) – The American Youth Symphony (AYS) welcomes famed violinist Sarah Chang for the world premiere performance of composer Fil Eisler’s new violin concerto. This concert, presented as part of the prestigious orchestra’s 54th annual Gala celebrations, represents the inaugural event of the AYS Korngold Commission Project. The project takes its name and inspiration from Erich Wolfgang Korngold, a prolific composer in the golden age of Hollywood, whose 1945 Violin Concerto is now celebrated as a virtuoso masterwork.

Funded by AYS Board Secretary Peter Mandell and Advisory Council Member Sarah Coade Mandell, the aim of The Korngold Project is to unite great composers of film and media music with top classical soloists to create and premiere new works. Under the skilled baton of AYS Music Director Carlos Izcaray, this concert will do just that, in pairing Sarah Chang, one of the great violinists of our time, with Fil Eisler, a BMI and SXSW award-winner, best known for scoring hit television series Empire and Revenge, and the 2018 hit film Proud Mary.

Also on the program for the 54th Gala Concert is Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, which will be conducted by Jessica Bejarano, who makes her debut with AYS. Bejarano currently serves as as music director and conductor of the San Francisco Civic Symphony, and music director at San Francisco University High School where she conducts the UHS Chamber Orchestra. Recently, PBS NewsHour aired a feature story on Bejarano, and KQED named Jessica 1 of 10 “Bay Brilliant” artists for 2018.

AYS Music Director Carlos Izcaray will conduct This Midnight Hour by Anna Clyne, whose work has been described by the New York Times as “virtuosic,” “inventive,” and “dreamlike;” and, to complete the evening, Richard Strauss’ beloved  Der Rosenkavalier Suite.

This concert will be shared for free with the public as part of the American Youth Symphony’s long-standing commitment to making inspiring classical performances accessible to all. The 5:00pm performance will be followed by the 54th Annual Gala Dinner at 7:30pm – both at UCLA’s historic Royce Hall.

Reserve complimentary concert tickets, or join Sarah Chang, Fil Eisler, and AYS musicians and donors for the Gala Dinner to support the mission and programs of AYS. Dinner guests receive premium concert seating, and will have the opportunity to meet and greet the stars of the evening.

Reserve online at AYSymphony.org/Gala or by phone at 310.470.2332!

Heralded as “the finest youth symphony on earth,” by KUSC’s Jim Svejda, the American Youth Symphony has been fulfilling its mission to inspire the future of classical music for over 50 years. AYS presents exceptional, innovative concerts based on a landmark Fellowship program for young professional musicians in high school through doctoral music programs. Competitively selected, the 100-piece orchestra represents extraordinary talent from all over the world. AYS concerts are shared for free or significantly reduced admission, out of a commitment to creating access and opportunity for everyone to experience the power and inspiration of this beautiful art form. Learn more at: aysymphony.org

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

CARLOS IZCARAY

Music Director Carlos Izcaray has an international reputation as seasoned composer, conductor and educator. Izcaray is a strong believer in supporting younger generations, working extensively with the world’s top talents and leading music institutions. In addition to having led prestigious orchestras in Colombia, Argentina, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa and more, Izcaray has distinguished himself as a talented instrumentalist who has been featured as a concert soloist and chamber musician worldwide. Throughout his career, Izcaray has shown special interest and prowess in tackling some of the most complex scores in the symphonic repertoire, while championing a historically informed approach to works from past eras. He also serves as Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, with whom his most recent orchestral composition, Yellowhammer, received rave reviews for its world premiere in February 2018. Learn more at:  www.carlosizcaray.com

SARAH CHANG

Recognized as one of the foremost violinists of our time, Sarah Chang has performed with the most esteemed orchestras, conductors, and accompanists in an international career spanning more than two decades. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight, Ms. Chang has continued to impress audiences with her technical virtuosity and refined emotional depth.

Highlights from Ms. Chang’s recent and upcoming seasons, have included performances with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony,  National Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and San Diego Symphony. She has also performed at the Hollywood Bowl and at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Aspen Music Festivals, among others. As an accomplished recital and chamber musician, Ms. Chang regularly travels the world, performing with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, Leif  Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2012, Sarah Chang received the Harvard University Leadership Award, and in 2005, Yale University dedicated a chair in Sprague Hall in her name. For the June 2004 Olympic games, she was given the honor of running with the Olympic Torch in New York, and that same month, became the youngest person ever to receive the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame award. Other previous distinctions include the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Gramophone’s “Young Artist of the Year” award, Germany’s “Echo” Schallplattenpreis, “Newcomer of the Year” honors at the International Classical Music Awards in London, and Korea’s “Nan Pa” award.  In 2011, Ms. Chang was named an official Artistic Ambassador by the United States Department of State. Learn more at: http://www.sarahchang.com

FIL EISLER

Fil Eisler is an award-winning composer with projects ranging from big studio action pieces and comedies, to gritty independent films and hit television shows. His inventive scores and signature themes enliven some of TV’s most popular series and notable films. He composes for Fox’s Golden Globe-nominated drama series Empire, as well as Lifetime’s Peabody-winning series UnReal, Bravo’s hit comedy drama series Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce, and Showtime’s Emmy-winning Shameless. Eisler was also both the composer and conductor for ABC’s breakout hit drama Revenge. In 2017 Eisler completed the scores for Netflix’s drama To The Bone and Warner Bros.’ hilarious film reboot of the fan-favorite series, CHIPS. Eisler has composed music for such varied films as Sony’s Proud Mary, Netflix’s sci-fi thriller The Titan, and MGM and New Line Cinemas’ People’s Choice Awards-nominated How To Be Single. Eisler also acted as composer and music director for the Peabody-winning documentary, Newtown.

Eisler, a Czech-born, English-raised composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, has worked with ensembles of all shapes and sizes to help bring his scores to life. Variety described his music as “smoky, elaborate film noir-inspired compositions”, while Beatweek Magazine praised him for making “beautiful music” that “…almost acts as another character further enveloping the audience in its grasp.” Eisler has been nominated and has received numerous awards including the World Soundtrack Awards New Discovery, SXSW Best Soundtrack Award and multiple BMI awards. Learn more at: www.imdb.com/name/nm1135983

JESSICA BEJARANO

Jessica Bejarano currently serves as music director and conductor of the San Francisco Civic Symphony, and as music director at San Francisco University High School. Northern California’s KQED named her one of ten “Bay Brilliant” artists for 2018, and in early 2019, PBS NewsHour Weekend aired a feature story on her as part of their “Chasing the Dream” series.

Ms. Bejarano recently completed a guest conductor post at UC Santa Cruz with the UC Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra, and in January 2018, she was one of twelve female conductors selected from around the world to attend and conduct at the International Women’s Conference in New York City. In 2017, Jessica was a featured guest conductor with the Falcon Symphony Orchestra in Coro, Venezuela. While there, she also worked with the famed El Sistema music education program.

Jessica received her Master of Arts in Conducting from the University of California Davis; Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Wyoming; and Associates of Fine Arts in Music Education from Casper College. She has also attended the International Academy of Advanced Conducting in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the Conductors’ Guild Conducting master course with Maestra Marin Alsop, and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Learn more at: http://jessicabejarano.com/

Top Left: Carlos Izcaray; Top Right: Jessica Bejarano
Bottom Left: Sarah Chang; Bottom Right: Fil Eisler

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2019 Gala

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 5:00 pm
ROYCE HALL
54th Annual Gala Concert

Carlos Izcaray, Music Director
Sarah Chang, Violin
Jessica Bejarano, Guest Conductor
Fil Eisler, Composer

Dmitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Conducted by Jessica Bejarano
Fil Eisler: For J.E. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
–  World Premiere featuring Sarah Chang
Anna Clyne: This Midnight Hour
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite

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.”

Learn more in the Press Release

Ticketing:

Tickets are still available for members
and dinner guests, but have sold-out for the general public.

Members: Login to Reserve Here
Dinner Guests: Reserve a Concert & Gala Dinner Package (starting at $500)
General Audience: Sign up for Stand-By.
We can’t absolutely guarantee seating for Stand-By, but at past events, all Stand-By guests have been seated.


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

Gala Dinner, 7:30 pm

Honoring the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
and the Kaman Foundation

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.

Make a Gala Donation Now to Reserve a Dinner & Concert Package.

If you are unable to attend, you can purchase an on-screen tribute, host an AYS musician at the dinner, or make a gift of any amount to support AYS and celebrate our gala honorees. Donate now!

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Guest Conductor, Jessica Bejarano

Jessica currently serves as music director and conductor of the San Francisco Civic Symphony, and as music director at San Francisco University High School. Northern California’s KQED named her one of ten “Bay Brilliant” artists for 2018, and in early 2019, PBS NewsHour Weekend aired a feature story on her as part of their “Chasing the Dream” series.

She recently completed a guest conductor post with the UC Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra, and in January 2018, she was one of twelve female conductors selected to conduct at the International Women’s Conference in New York City. In 2017, Jessica was a featured guest conductor with the Falcon Symphony Orchestra in Coro, Venezuela. While there, she also worked with the famed El Sistema music education program.

Jessica received her Master of Arts in Conducting from the University of California Davis; Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Wyoming; and Associates of Fine Arts in Music Education from Casper College.

Featuring Comedian Amy Ashton as our Auctioneer!

Amy Ashton

Amy wrote for the late Joan Rivers on E! Fashion Police who says, “Amy Ashton is RARE, talented, funny and beautiful.” She has been on HBO and Comedy Central, and reoccurs on the Talk Show circuit (NBC, FOX, Morning Show, Fox’s Bethenny) as a Comedian/Relationship Expert. She has created and produced several TV shows for the E! network and others, with a Talk Show in development based on her book, How To Score With A Girl, By A Girl: Advice For Men. Performing for Corporate and Fortune 500 Companies she encourages high spirits and keeps things exciting and fun.

“Authentic, Empowering & Hilarious” – Sunday LA Times

“I’ve now turned into the man I always wanted to marry!” – Amy Ashton

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

Online ticketing has closed, but free tickets will be available at the door.


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.

 

 

Ticketing 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

Online ticketing has closed, but free tickets will be available at the door.

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)

This is a SOLD OUT event.
Check back for updates.

Read more in the press release.

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 5:00 pm
Royce Hall

54th Annual Gala Concert

Carlos Izcaray, Music Director
Sarah Chang, Violin
Jessica Bejarano, Guest Conductor
Fil Eisler, Composer

Dmitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Conducted by Jessica Bejarano
Fil Eisler: For J.E. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
World Premiere featuring Sarah Chang
Anna Clyne: This Midnight Hour
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite

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.”

Learn more in the Press Release

Ticketing:

Tickets are still available for members
and dinner guests, but have sold-out for the general public.

Members: Login to Reserve Here
Dinner Guests: Reserve a Concert & Gala Dinner Package (starting at $500)
General Audience: Sign up for Stand-By.
We can’t absolutely guarantee seating for Stand-By, but at past events, all Stand-By guests have been seated.


Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 12, 2:00 pm
The York Manor
Citizen Musician Concert

AYS String Quartet Anna Vosbigian, Citizen Musician Fellow

Amy BEACHQuartet for Strings (13 min)
Rebecca CLARKEComodo et amabile (9 min) Poem (8 min) Lullaby and Grotesque for viola & cello (6 min)
Kaija SAARIAHOCloud Trio for violin, viola and cello (16 min)
Julia WOLFEEarly that Summer (12 min) Dig Deep (14 min) Four Marys (11 min)

Tickets: FREE

Ticketing for our Citizen Musician concert is now open for Members 
Ticketing will open for the General Public on May 1

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This program has been specially selected by our 2018/19 Citizen Musician Fellow, Anna Vosbigian, to complete the “Year of the Woman” season with a selection of works by female composers throughout history.

Anna collaborated with Maestro Izcaray and AYS staff to plan and program this year’s Citizen Musician Concert. This is the second year for this project — inspired and supported by a program Yo-Yo Ma developed at the Civic Orchestra of Chicago — teaching leadership in the use of classical music to transform lives and build community. The aim is to bridge the gap between high art and community art, and in the words of Yo-Yo Ma “transcend technique in order to seek out the truths in our world in a way that gives meaning and sustenance to individuals and communities.”

The Citizen Musician Fellowship is Sponsored by Peter Mandell and Sarah Coade Mandell

New Venue: The York Manor 4908 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

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