Chamber Community Concert Series

AYS strives to be a resource for the community and partners with local Los Angeles-based nonprofits for its Chamber Community Concert Series to bring classical music outside of the concert hall and into community spaces. These FREE concerts represent AYS’ ongoing commitment to community engagement, social equity, and inclusion by showcasing classical and new symphonic works, and fostering positive exchange by sharing diverse and evolving forms of music. Partner organizations have the opportunity to share new and exciting programming with their constituents, bringing students and their families together for a fun and educational celebration of music. Participating AYS musicians also learn citizen musicianship: how classical music intersects with community engagement and bettering one’s community. 


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.  

Invertigo Dance Theatre's Dancing Through Parkinson's

A Place Called Home

December 13, 2021

Students of Invertigo Dance Theatre’s Dancing Through Parkinson’s program enjoy live accompaniment of an AYS strings ensemble during one of their weekly classes.

April 1, 2022

AYS and A Place Called Home (APCH) have partnered for the past two years to bring classical music to the South Central Los Angeles community. By hosting classical music concerts and experiences both in-person and online, AYS and APCH hope to foster an enthusiastic classical music audience in the South Central neighborhood. Our next concert is scheduled for February 2022.


Elemental Music

Inner-City Arts

October 17, 2021

December 5, 2021

March 20, 2022

AYS is excited to be partnering with Santa Monica based nonprofit, Elemental Music, on three free concerts for the 2021/22 season. Our free “Concerts in the Park” series offer exciting AYS ensemble performances including percussion, brass quintet, and string quartets with related educational programming.

May 20, 2022

AYS strings ensemble will play a free, hour-long concert at the Rosenthal Theater on the campus of Inner-City Arts in Spring 2022. Students and families of Inner-City Arts and surrounding community members are invited to enjoy this lovely evening of classical music.

March 2022

American Youth Symphony and ESMoA, an art museum in El Segundo, have collaborated for the past year in producing intimate concert experiences for community members.


Due to the global pandemic, our pilot project in September 2020 matched one musician with one audience member and we once again experienced music together despite the absence of live concerts. Our second concert together was in March 2021 and was live streamed for all to enjoy at home!


Stay tuned for our next concert together in January 2022.


American Youth Symphony concerts offer a rare opportunity for anyone to experience extraordinary live symphonic music at no cost. We partner with many schools and nonprofit organizations to bring first-time audiences to our concerts. Email us at ays@aysymphony.org to learn more about our group ticket program.


American Youth Symphony Brings Free Music to South Central

San Francisco Classical Voice

The Existential Dread (and Joy) of Attending a Real, Live COVID-Era Concert

Vanity Fair

Creating an Audience for Classical Music in South LA

LA This Week, Channel 35

Concert in the Park at Santa Monica's Tongva Park

The Argonaut