Sun, Sept 27, 2015, 4pm
Star Trek Into Darkness LIVE to Picture
David Newman, conductor
Michael Giacchino, composer
Jon Burlingame, host
We open our season with an AYS first—an entire score played live to picture! Immerse yourself in the intensity of Academy Award® winning composer Michael Giacchino’s exhilarating score for J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster hit Star Trek Into Darkness. World-renowned conductor and film composer David Newman leads the orchestra and audience in this exciting cinematic adventure!
Composer, Michael Giacchino, and host, Jon Burlingame, reporter for The Film Music Society and film-music history professor at the University of Southern California, will hold a pre-concert Q&A with the audience (starting at 4 pm).
This is not your typical night at the symphony—cheers, boos (for the villains, that is) and costumes are all encouraged! This event presents a chance to throw on that Starfleet uniform and capture some priceless photos!
FREE to AYS Members
General Public Tickets: $15 in advance | $20 at the door
Sun, Oct 25, 2015
LACMA’s Bing Theater
Philip Marten, violin
Chiai Tajima, violin
Laura Jesson, viola
Sequoyah Sugiyama, viola
Coleman Itzkoff, cello
Iona Batchelder, cello
Strauss: Sextet for Strings from Capriccio
Dvorák: String Quintet in E-flat Major
AYS returns to LACMA’s Sundays LIVE to feature principal AYS string players. This joyful chamber music concert showcases the caliber of AYS musicians with beloved works by Richard Strauss and Antonín Dvorák.
THIS IS NOT A TICKETED EVENT
Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tues, Nov 17, 2015, 7pm
Emmanuel Villaume, conductor
Andrew von Oeyen, piano
Ravel: Menuet antique
Gershwin: 2nd Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major
Debussy: La mer
Distinguished French Maestro Emmanuel Villaume leads AYS in a “sea” of French and American music. The orchestra will perform Debussy’s La mer, which has become one of his most admired works, as well as Ravel’s Minuet antique and Henri Lazarof’s Poema. Critically acclaimed concert pianist Andrew von Oeyon joins the orchestra for Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G and Gershwin’s sensational Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra.
Sat, Feb 20, 2016, 11:00 am
Juan Felipe Molano, Conductor
Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Op. 34
Rimsky–Korsakov: Scheherazade op. 35, Mvt. II The Tale of Prince Kalendar
Peck: Playing With Style
Rimsky Korsakov: The Flight of the Bumblebee
Offenbach: Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld
Children and families are invited to discover the world of classical music! We’re partnering with First 5 LA to present a concert and activities for kids of all ages—the perfect way to share classical music and create a lasting legacy for the next generation.
Sat, Feb 20, 2016, 7:00 pm
Robert McDuffie, conductor and soloist
Marc Williams, guest conductor
Glass: The American Four Seasons
Famed violinist Robert McDuffie joins AYS to play and conduct Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 2 – The American Four Seasons, a work written specially for McDuffie, inspired by Vivaldi’s Baroque Classic. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade will unleash excitement as this passionate musical adaptation of the classic Arabian folk tale reverberates through Royce Hall.
Sun, Mar 13, 2016, 2:00 pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall
David Alan Miller, conductor
Luke McEndarfer, chorus conductor
Coleman Itzkoff, cello
National Children’s Chorus
Tan Dun: Heaven Earth Mankind
Feel the power of Tan Dun’s highly-acclaimed work as award-winning conductor David Alan Miller leads AYS and the National Children’s Chorus in the West Coast premiere of Heaven Earth Mankind. Don’t miss this spectacular concert at the majestic Walt Disney Concert Hall as Coleman Itzkoff, AYS Principal Cellist, guest solos in a piece premiered by Yo-Yo Ma to commemorate China’s reunification with Hong Kong in 1997.
Fri, Apr 1, 2016
7:30 pm Concert; 8:30pm Gala Dinner
James Conlon, conductor
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 1
STRAUSS: Also Sprach Zarathustra
We are thrilled to welcome the beloved Music Director of the Los Angeles Opera, James Conlon, to conduct the 2016 Gala concert! Conlon, who has been the LA Opera’s conductor since 2006, recently celebrated his 11th season as Music Director of the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.
“There is only one competition in life, and that is the race with time to realize your potential in only one lifetime.” – James Conlon
8:30 pm Gala Dinner
AYS friends and fans of the evening’s honorees: Maestro Conlon, Philanthropist Marilyn Ziering, and Composer Walter Arlen; join together on a beautiful, spring evening under the stars in support of the continued success of the American Youth Symphony.
We invite you to share in AYS’ biggest fundraiser of the year and help gift these extraordinary concerts to your community!
Sat, May 7, 2016, 7:00 pm
Ann & Jerry Moss Theater at the Herb Albert Educational Village at New Roads School
Yehuda Gilad, conductor
Simone Porter, violin
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D
We conclude our season with a Members Priority concert as part of Sarah & Peter Mandell’s “Hardly Strictly Classical” series.
International rising star and AYS alumna, Simone Porter, delights us with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D, preceded by Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony