News & Press

2019/20 Season


American Youth Symphony Brings Free Music to South Central                                             Peter Feher, San Francisco Classical Voice | March 3, 2021

Putting Women in the Program: The American Youth Symphony’s Pledge                             Laurie Niles, Violinist.com | February 5, 2021

A Concerto Is a Conversation | Op-Doc featuring Kris Bowers                                                 New York Times | November 24, 2020

El Segundo News                                                                                                                    El Segundo Media | October 23, 2020

The Existential Dread (and Joy) of Attending a Real, Live COVID-Era Concert                        Joel Stein, Vanity Fair | October 1, 2020

American Youth Symphony Director Carlos Izcaray on Leading his Orchestra Virtually     Madeline Brand, KCRW Press Play | May 6, 2020

Creating an Audience for Classical Music in South LA                                                             LA This Week, Channel 35| March 3, 2020 

Meet American Youth Symphony                                                                                    Maureen Kingsley, El Segundo Scene | February 3, 2020

Past Seasons' Press:

American Youth Symphony Honors James Horner                                                                                                                                  James Horner Film Music Association | December 6, 2019

Concert Review: ‘Apollo 13’ Revisited with Live to Picture Performance
Tim Greiving, Variety | November 25, 2019

5 Questions to Carlos Izcaray
Natalie Calma, I Care if You Listen | November 19, 2019

Previewing the American Youth Symphony’s Nature-Inspired Season
KUSC Arts Live | October 11, 2019

Meet the Woman Breaking Barriers as a Trailblazing Symphony Conductor
Maestra Jessica Bejarano guest conducts AYS in this Today Show feature | May 19, 2019

Political upheaval in Venezuela informs Carlos Izcaray’s career as a music director and conductor 
Madeleine Brand, KCRW | April 24, 2019

Youth Symphony Conductor Carlos Izcaray Makes a New-Music Pledge: 50% Female Composers
Tim Grieving, LA Times | March 20, 2019

SoCal classical music listings, March 24-31
Matt Cooper, LA Times | March 22, 2019

The Ms. Q&A: Carlos Izcaray’s Year of the Women is Only the Beginning
Carmen Rios, Ms. Magazine | February 18, 2019

New Trend in Concert Halls: Original Music by Movie Composers — No Film Required
Jon Burlingame, Variety | March 22, 2019

Rewriting the Score: Advancing Women’s Representation in Classical Music
Tara Aesquivel, Ms. Magazine | February 20, 2019

BMI Co-Sponsors Hollywood Project to Bring “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to American Youth Symphony
BMI News | November 21, 2018

The week ahead in SoCal classical music, Nov. 11-18
Matt Cooper, LA Times | November 9, 2018

Concert to Honor Human Rights at Royce Hall
La Opinion, April 20, 2018

From Locked Up to Speaking Out – Carlos Izcaray Tells His Story
KUSC Out and About, April 20, 2018

Most Interesting Things to Do This Weekend
Los Angeles Magazine, April 18, 2018

Interview with Maestro Izcaray and AYS Musicians
Telemundo, March 23, 2018

Human Rights Task Force Hosts American Youth Symphony
Harvard Westlake Chronicle, March 19, 2018, Kendall Dees

Pianist Vladimir Feltmsan to join American Youth Symphony for a Concert of Modern Works
Beverly Hills Courier, March 16, 2018, pg 12.

Secret LA Issue, Entertainment
LA Magazine, March 2018

I Saw BØRNS Perform in a Tunnel and I Lived to Write About It
Her Campus, October 31, 2017, Erin Caracristi

BØRNS Electrifying Symphony Performance
Culture Collide, October 2017, Gillian Driscoll

Jason Graves & Austin Wintory In A Game Changer Concert
Music Respawn, February 2017

Back to the Future with American Youth Symphony
BMI, October 2016

Back to the Future Live-to-Picture
Film Music Society, October 2016

You’re Going Back to the Future
LAist, October 2016

Youth Symphony to Perform Live ‘Back to the Future’ Score at Royce Hall
Daily Bruin, October 2016

AYS Musicians Perform at Gala Honoring John Williams, June 2016 – Variety: John Williams Honored by Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford at AFI Gala / Billboard: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas & Kobe Bryant Laud Composer John Williams At Emotional AFI Toast / LA Times: ‘E.T.,’ ‘Jaws,’ ‘Star Wars’ composer John Williams honored at American Film Institute / Deadline: John Williams’ AFI Gala Had The Ultimate Hollywood Soundtrack / The Wrap: 11 Things We Learned at AFI Tribute to John Williams

David Newman Honored by BMI: Hollywood Reporter, April 12, 2016 /  Broadway World, April 28, 2016 / Film Music Society, May 13, 2016 / Yahoo News, May 12, 2016

AYS and National Children’s Chorus Rise to Heaven Earth Mankind
Rick Schultz, LA Times | March 15, 2016

Nick Tyler interviews David Alan Miller and Coleman Itzkoff
K-Mozart Arts Reports: Heaven Earth Mankind

AYS Launches 51st Season with Michael Giacchino’s Exhilarating Score
for Star Trek Into Darkness Played Live to Picture

American Youth Symphony Beams Up!
Paula Parisi, Max the Trax | August 28, 2015

Star Trek Into Darkness Gets Symphonic
Daily Concepts Blog | September 9, 2015

April 2015: KUSC reporter Tim Grieving sat down with AYS Executive Director, Varina Bleil, and Principal Timpanist, Steven Logan, to discuss the orchestra’s unique blend of professionalism and youthfulness

Donation In Memory of Henri Lazarof Allows American Youth Symphony To Name Music Director Chair
Beverly Hills Courier | May 2014

AYS delivers an ebullient finish to the 49th season
Examiner.com | April 15, 2014

Young Guns
Out West Arts | April 27, 2014

Interview with Nigel Armstrong
Violinist.com | April 10, 2014

Springtime in Paris with Valentina Lisitsa
Culture Spot LA

The Elfman Project II
Broadway World | November 1, 2013

Concerto for Piano and YouTube
New York Times | Oct 11, 2013

American Youth Symphony fine-tunes new pieces for season opening
The Daily Bruin | October 3, 2013

AYS delivers an ebullient finish to the 49th season
Examiner.com | April 15, 2014

Young Guns
Out West Arts | April 27, 2014

Interview with Nigel Armstrong
Violinist.com | April 10, 2014

Springtime in Paris with Valentina Lisitsa
Culture Spot LA

The Elfman Project II
Broadway World | November 1, 2013

Concerto for Piano and YouTube
New York Times | Oct 11, 2013

American Youth Symphony fine-tunes new pieces for season opening
The Daily Bruin | October 3, 2013

Concert features American Youth Symphony, renowned pianist
The Daily Bruin | November 16, 2012

Co-Concertmaster Mayumi Kanagawa makes an impressive debut at Disney Hall
LA Times | April 24, 2012

Disney Hall Concert Review: What happens when the musical cream rises to the top
San Gabriel Valley Tribune | March 5, 2012

AYS co-commissions a new work by Danìel Bjarnason
Glendale News-Press | March 2, 2012 AYS

AYS receives the highest score of all 2011/12 LA County Arts Commission Grant applicants.
LA Times | July 5, 2011

David Newman conducts the final concert of the Goldsmith Project
Film Score Monthly | March 17, 2011

Cheering crowds fill Royce Hall to celebrate Goldsmith’s lasting legacy
Marilee Bradford reviews the climax of the Goldsmith Project.
Film Music Society | March 16, 2011

David Newman discusses The Goldsmith Project
Jerry Goldsmith Online | March 8, 2011

Past Seasons’ Announcements:

2019/20 Season

Press Release: American Youth Symphony’s Virtual Gala to Feature World Premiere Performance of Music Director Carlos Izcaray’s new work, Geometric Unity

Press Release: American Youth Symphony to Perform US PREMIERE of Richard Danielpour’s Ricordanza

Press Release: AYS & A Place Called Home Celebrate Classical Music in South Central Los Angeles

Press Release: Sounds About Town 2020

Press Release: Apollo 13 in Concert

Press Release: Opening Night Concert, October 20

2018/19 Season
Press Release: 54th Annual Gala Featuring Sarah Chang
Press Release: AYS Partners with the National Children’s Chorus to Premiere a Commission by Composer Nico Muhly A Celebration of Human Rights
Press Release: Year of the Woman Concert
Press Release: AYS Announces New Executive Director
Press Release: Opening Night Concert, September 22

2017/18 Season
Press Release: AYS Inaugural Citizen Musician Concert, May 12, 2018
Press Release: 2018 Gala Concert – Freedom: A Celebration of Human Rights
Press Release: Sounds About Town: AYS and Vladimir Feltsman
Press Release: AYS Celebrates Leonard Bernstein with Two Free Concerts on Feb. 17 
Press Release: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial In Concert
Press Release: Season Opening Concert to Honor John Liebes
Press Release: AYS Announces 53rd Season
Press Release: AYS Receives NEA funding for a Concert in Partnership with Human Rights Watch
Press Release: New AYS Fellowships

2016/17 Season
Press Release: 2017 Members Priority Concert Features Appalachian Spring
Press Release: 2017 AYS Gala Features Concerto Competition Winner Rachel Ostler
Press Release: AYS Joins Forces with Electric Guitar Icon Steve Vai (Read en Español)
Press Release: American Youth Symphony to Perform Free Concert Featuring Songs from Notable PlayStation Games
Press Release: Historic Million Dollar Gift from Peter Mandell and Sarah Coade Mandell
Press Release: Back to the Future Concert
Press Release: Season Opening Concert
Press Release: Announcing the 2016/17 Season

2015/16 Season
Press Release: American Youth Symphony Names New Music Director and Resident Conductor
Press Release: AYS and Nation Children’s Chorus in LA Premiere
Press Release: Famed Violinist Joins AYS to Perform a Work Written for him by Philip Glass
Press Release: Free Family Music Adventure Concert
Press Release: AYS Guest Conductors Spring 2016

2014/15 Season
Press Release: AYS VITALITY Concert with Sarah Chang
Press Release: AYS 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala
Press Release: AYS and Valentina Lisitsa at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Press Release: Music Director Alexander Treger to conclude AYS Tenure at the end of the 2014-15 Season

2013/14 Season
Press Release: AYS Receives Major Gift to Name Music Director Chair 
Press Release: New Season opens October 6 at Royce Hall

2012/13 Season
Press Release: Daníel Bjarnason wins Iceland’s Composer of the Year for “The isle is full of noises”