AYS 56th Annual Gala

Thursday, June 3, 2021 

5:00pm Pacific | 8:00pm Eastern 

FREE! Streamed on the AYS YouTube Channel 

Commemorate the innovation of the 20/21 season and the perseverance of AYS musicians by joining us for AYS’ 56th Annual Gala celebration. Maestro Carlos Izcaray and 31 AYS musicians bring you a full program, featuring music from Aaron Copland; Anna Clyne; Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de St. Georges; and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 

The concert will be filmed at UCLA’s Royce Hall by Hollywood videographer Philip Holahan, who will capture a captivating cinematic experience for you to enjoy at home. 

This concert broadcast will be free for all to enjoy on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 5pm Pacific until Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 11:59pm. 

The AYS Annual Gala is our most important fundraising event each year.  We hope you have enjoyed the innovative online content we have produced this season!  Now, we ask you to help us get back to the concert hall this Fall.  Show your support with a generous donation and register for the exciting events below!

    • AYS Alumni Trivia Night – Thursday, May 27 at 5:00pm PT
    • Alumni Interview with Geneva Lewis – Tuesday, June 1 at 5:00pm PT

Learn more and register for the events below!


Aaron COPLAND: Three Latin-American Sketches

Anna CLYNE: Within Her Arms

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de ST. GEORGES: Symphony No. 1

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART: Serenata Notturna

56th Annual Gala Program Book

56th Annual Gala Tribute Book

Alumni Trivia Night

Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 5:00pm Pacific 


FREE! On Zoom. Registration required.

Bring your favorite drink and trivia savvy brain for a night of fun! Hosted by Sheltered Trivia, you will have the opportunity to network with other musicians while testing your knowledge in a mixed bag of trivia questions. All current and former AYS orchestra members are invited!

Alumni Interview with Geneva Lewis

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 5:00pm Pacific 

FREE! Live on Zoom. Registration required.

Open to everyone!

Connect with two successful AYS musicians during this 45-minute Alumni Interview. AYS Orchestra Management Fellow and first violinist, Hannah Chou interviews alumna, Geneva Lewis (2013-2016) to hear an inside scoop on her recent achievements and performance engagements. Since leaving AYS, Geneva was hailed by conductor Nicolas McGegan as “a name to watch,” is the recipient of a 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and winner of the Grand Prize at the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition.

Submit questions for Geneva prior to the event on this form!

CANCELLED - Cocktail Crafting Class with Maxine Banks

Friday, May 28, 2021 at 5:00pm Pacific

Cocktail Class Only: $10 per household

Full Cocktail Package: $110, all ingredients + hors d’oeuvres + support AYS

Hosted on Zoom. Registration required. 

Learn how to make the perfect cocktail for the 56th Annual Gala with chef extraordinaire, Maxine Banks, as she leads an hour-long mixology class from New York City. Whether you are new to cocktail crafting or an experienced mixologist, this will be a fun night you don’t want to miss!