2021/22 Season

Relive the magic of live music with American Youth Symphony


Saturday, SEPT 25, 2021
7:00 PM
UCLA’s Royce Hall

Return to Royce Hall to hear the live AYS orchestra play an unforgettable program.


AYS will welcome you back with Alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones Concertantes, Carlos Izcaray’s Geometric Unity, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4



Saturday, NOV 6, 2021
4:00 PM Concert | 7:00 PM Dinner
UCLA’s Royce Hall

AYS’ annual Hollywood Project concert returns to Royce Hall with a live-to-picture performance of DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon, featuring composer John Powell’s Oscar®-nominated score, and Mason Bates’ Philharmonia Fantastique, a 20-minute animated film that flies through the instruments of the orchestra to explore the age-old connection of creativity and technology. 


AYS members receive free tickets, and are $18 for general admission. Click the button below for more information and to reserve your tickets.


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Sunday, MAR 6, 2022
7:30 PM
Walt Disney Concert Hall

LA Phil and AYS present Sounds About Town at the grand Walt Disney Concert Hall. Titled Intersections, the program features a collection of sound experiences that highlights the breadth and vibrancy across the world of orchestral composition from composers such as Jean Sibelius, Unsuk Chin, and AYS’ Music Director Carlos Izcaray to name a few. AYS welcomes captivating Grammy-nominated violinist, Tessa Lark, to perform the Pulitzer Prize-winning violin concerto by

Jennifer Higdon.

Tickets for the concert start at $16. Click the button below for more concert and ticket information.


Saturday, APR 30, 2022


3:30 PM Pre-Concert Reception
5:00 PM Concert
7:00 PM Post-Concert Reception


UCLA’s Royce Hall

Celebrate AYS’ 57th year with this fabulous concert! Opening the concert is John Adams’ Short Ride on a Fast Machine, setting the tone for a festive evening. The orchestra is honored to present the World Premiere of Zephyr, by AYS Creative Fellow and rising composer, Alexander Mansour. The Gala program concludes with an audience favorite, Gustav Mahler’s 5th Symphony.

Tickets for the concert are pay-what-you-can and will be available to reserve soon. 

Fundraising events are now available to book with your concert ticket!

Chamber Community Concerts

Join AYS in the community at our free chamber
community concert series!

Sunday, OCT 17, 2021 12:30pm

Concert in the Park with Elemental Music

Join AYS’ percussion ensemble for a music-filled afternoon in Santa Monica’s Douglas Park. This family-friendly concert will also include an instrument petting zoo 30 minutes before and after the concert provided by Elemental Music. 

Sunday, DEC 5, 2021 11:30am

Concert in the Park with Elemental Music

Celebrate the holiday season with AYS’ Brass Quintet and Elemental Music at Santa Monica’s Tongva Park. 

Friday, MAY 20, 2022

AYS Ensemble at Inner-City Arts

Join  AYS’ strings ensemble at the Rosenthal Theater for a lovely evening of classical music. This family-friendly, free, hour-long concert will introduce audience members to the orchestra’s strings instruments and some of classical music’s greatest pieces! 

May 22, 2022 12:30pm

Concert in the Park with Elemental Music

Join us for the final concert in our series, featuring string players from both AYS and Elemental Music! Stay tuned for more concert information!

Spring 2022

AYS Ensemble at A Place Called Home

Spring 2022


Other community partners for the 2021/22 season include, Invertigo Dance Theatre’s Dancing Through Parkinson’s program, LACMA’s Sundays Live, Laemmle Live, and the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music.  Learn more about our community programs here.


These community concerts are made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as generous sponsorship from Irwin & Helgard Field and Mary Levin Cutler.

Photography Credits:

Header Image (from R to L): Alexander Mansour, Alexander Tu, Sierra Schmeltzer, Jeremy Davis, Sarah Bunch, Anne Ranzani, Moses Aubrey, photo by: Sea Sloat.

Opening Night Image: Anne Ranzani, photo by Sea Sloat

HollyWood Project Concert Image: © 2021 DWA LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Sounds About Town Image: Sarah Bunch, photo by Sea Sloat.

57th Annual Gala Image: Alexander Mansour, photo by Sea Sloat. 

Woodwind Ensemble Image: Photo taken at A Place Called Home, photo by Mandy Brockhaus.

Strings Ensemble Image: Photo taken at St James Episcopal Church, photo by Mandy Brockhaus.

Rooftop Image: Alexander Mansour, photo taken at ESMoA, photo by Mark Knight.