Press Release: American Youth Symphony Presents Fall Concert

Press Release: American Youth Symphony Presents Fall Concert

Program Includes:

Igor Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst
Carlos Izcaray, Bloom, World Premiere
Benjamin Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

Sunday, November 1, 2020

4:00 p.m. PST, 7:00 p.m. EST  

FREE with online registration

Live stream on the AYS YouTube Channel

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(October 1, 2020, Los Angeles, CA) – American Youth Symphony (AYS) is presenting an artistically ambitious virtual Fall Concert on Sunday, November 1st at 4:00 p.m. PST, 7:00 p.m. EST. The program will feature the world premiere performance Bloom, composed by Music Director Carlos Izcaray, as well as Igor Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst and Benjamin Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge.

Maestro Izcaray will remotely lead AYS wind and brass ensembles for Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, and will also remotely lead the production of his new work, Bloom, which will be performed by percussionists Jeremy Davis,Jonathan Wisner, and keyboardist Wan Rosalind Wong on electronics.

Following safety protocols guidelines, Izaray will lead nineteen AYS string players at Royce Hall to play Benjamin Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst. Royce Hall has traditionally been home for AYS concerts throughout the orchestra’s 56 seasons, and AYS is elated to be able to return to the grand concert hall.

During the concert, Carlos Izcaray and Jessie Montgomery will provide commentary on the development of their two pieces, Bloom and Starburst.

“American Youth Symphony’s virtual Fall Concert is a celebration of hope and perseverance in many ways,” said Izcaray. “Despite the challenges presented by this pandemic period, we have found ways to safely come together, remotely and in person at our home, Royce Hall, so we can continue to share the joy of music-making during this time of continued isolation.”

AYS is excited to continue to showcase the exceptional talent of its orchestra musicians, especially during the pandemic period. AYS musicians represent the best players from top universities in Southern California. The AYS Fall Concert is the first opportunity for AYS musicians to finally unite in person and play as an ensemble, after practicing alone at home for many months during quarantine.

Online registration is required before the virtual concert.

Concert dinner packages and AYS Snack Packs are available for purchase.
Visit the AYS website, for more information.

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What: AYS Virtual Fall Concert


American Youth Symphony
Carlos Izcaray, Music Director
Jeremy Davis, Principal Percussion
Jonathan Wisner, Timpani
Wan Rosalind Wong, Keyboardist
Nineteen-piece string ensemble
Twenty three-piece wind and brass ensemble

When: Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. PST, 7:00 p.m. EST



Igor STRAVINSKY: Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Jessie MONTGOMERY: Starburst
Benjamin BRITTEN: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

About the Artists:

Carlos Izcaray is one of the leading conductors of his generation, as well as an emerging composer. He is Music Director for AYS and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. He is now in his fourth season with AYS. Izcaray shows special interest and prowess in undertaking the most complex works in the classical canon, while also championing innovative programming and celebrating new voices. Praised by international press, Izcaray has won top prizes at prestigious festivals and competitions the world over, appearing with numerous ensembles across five continents.

About American Youth Symphony
Founded in 1964 by renowned conductor Mehli Mehta, the American Youth Symphony inspires the future of classical music by training the next generation of professional musicians and building new audiences for orchestral music. AYS presents ambitious seasons that feature thoughtful programming of exceptionally high quality, covering a breadth of symphonic music, including beloved classics, film scores, chamber works, and contemporary pieces. AYS is committed to reflecting the diversity of Los Angeles in its programming, representing artists and composers of all genders, generations, and ethnicities. AYS is also committed to equity within the orchestra, by holding blind, free auditions, and by paying musicians instead of charging tuition. AYS concerts are presented for free or low cost, at world-class concert halls and local community venues alike, with the goal of welcoming anyone who is interested to enjoy this beautiful art form.

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