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SAT APR 30, 2022

3:30 PM Gala Benefit Reception

5:00 PM Concert

7:00 PM Musician Benefit Reception

UCLA's Royce Hall


John ADAMS: Short Ride on a Fast Machine (4’40”)


Alexander MANSOUR: Zephyr (8-10’)


Gustav MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 (70’)


American Youth Symphony


Carlos Izcaray, Conductor


Celebrate the close of a landmark season and the impressive talent of AYS musicians at our 57th Annual Gala! Opening the concert is John Adams’ exuberant Short Ride on a Fast Machine, setting the tone for the festive night. Next the orchestra will perform the World Premiere of Zephyr, by AYS Creative Fellow and talented rising composer, Alexander Mansour. The concert will conclude with an audience favorite, Mahler’s 5th symphony.

Program Book


The AYS Annual Gala is a very important benefit event in support of our extraordinary musicians and the training opportunities AYS provides to the next generation of orchestral musicians.  This year’s gala benefit events are in an exciting new format!  Join us before the concert for wine, specialty cocktails, and plentiful hors d’oeuvres on the beautiful Royce Hall terrace.  Then, head into the concert hall and enjoy the wonderful program from the best seats in the house!  Finally, join us on the terrace once more for dessert and coffee with orchestra musicians. You may select your level of gala support on our ticketing page.


To ensure everyone has access to quality music concerts, tickets are pay-what-you-can. If you can, please consider giving $15 per ticket, or whatever value you place on AYS concerts. Your generosity makes it possible for us to support AYS musicians and present more incredible performances at low-cost to the community. Please make your donation when reserving your tickets online.

All tickets must be reserved in advance. At this time, we encourage all guests to use email and “touchless” ticketing options, to support the health and safety of all.


Note: Reservations, seating assignments, and public health policies are subject to change. AYS must follow guidelines set by venues and public health agencies. We will announce online and via email any changes, and do everything we can to provide an enjoyable, safe, live concert.


AYS is following guidelines from public health agencies and with our performance venues with regard to vaccination status and other precautions. Per UCLA’s Royce Hall, all audience members must show proof of full vaccination or have a negative PCR or Antigen COVID test, as well as wearing masks indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status. PCR tests can be no older than 48 hours upon arrival while Antigen tests can be no older than 24 hours. No over the counter test results are allowed.


Go to our Royce Hall Know Before You Go page to read more about entrance requirements, directions, and parking information.