Season Archive: 2016/17


Sun, Oct 16, 2016, 5:00 pm
Royce Hall

Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Coleman Itzkoff, cello

Schreker: Vorspiel zu einem Drama
Bloch: Schelomo; Hebraic Rhapsody
Mahler: Symphony No.1, D major “Titan

Join AYS for the inaugural concert of our new Music Director, Carlos Izcaray! Featuring the work of titans Franz Schreker, Ernest Bloch, and Gustav Mahler, we pair the seasoned experience of Maestro Izcaray with the prodigious talent of concerto competition winner Coleman Itzkoff, heralded as “virtuosic” by the LA Times.  


Sun, Oct 30, 2016, 6:00pm
LACMA’s Bing Theater
Sunday’s Live

AYS Principals Chamber Ensemble

Haydn: Quartet Op. 76 #5
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Free Concert   /   No Reservations Necessary

AYS returns to LACMA’s Sundays LIVE to feature principal AYS musicians. This joyful chamber music concert showcases the caliber of AYS musicians with beloved works by Haydn and Brahms.


Sat, Nov 12, 2016
5:00 pm Dinner;
7:00 pm Q&A;
7:30 pm Concert;
10:30 pm Dance Party
Royce Hall

Back to the Future
LIVE to Picture!


David Newman, conductor
Jon Burlingame, host

Alan Silvestri: Back to the Future score

Great Scott! AYS is going back to the future, with Maestro David Newman leading the orchestra through Alan Silvestri’s propulsive score for this time-travel blockbuster. Come join us for a thrilling live-to-screen performance, and experience this classic film in a whole new way! Concert preceded by a Q&A with Alan Silvestri himself, moderated by film music journalist and historian Jon Burlingame.

Support AYS at a Back to the Future themed fête, where you can rub elbows with Composer Alan Silvestri, Maestro David Newman, and other industry luminaries. The ideal way to set the mood for a thrilling evening of music and cinema!
Dinner packages start at just $350!

10:30pm After Party:

Party like it’s 1985 at our “Enchantment Under the Sea” after party, featuring live DJ, stocked bar, and all-American fare including LA’s famous Pink’s Hotdogs.


Sun, Feb 12, 2017, 11:00 am
Royce Hall
Family Concert

Juan Felipe Molano, Resident Conductor

BIZET: Carmen Overture
BRITTEN: Four Sea Interludes (selection)
With video from Disney’s FANTASIA:
STRAVINSKY: Firebird, Danse Infernal and
PONCHIELLI: Dance of the Hours
Featuring a selection from the 4:30pm concert:
FURUKAWA: The Last Guardian Suite (to video)

Tickets: Free

Children and families are invited to discover the world of classical music at our annual family concert! We’re partnering with the Amazing Kid Company to present a fun, interactive performance, and activities for kids of all ages—the perfect way to share classical music with the next generation!


Sun, Feb 12, 2017
4:00pm Q&A
4:30pm Concert
Royce Hall

Game Changer

Juan Felipe Molano, resident conductor
Emily Reese, host

Britten: Four Sea Interludes
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite
Takeshi Furukawa: The Last Guardian Suite
Jason Graves: The Order: 1886 Suite
Austin Wintory: Journey Suite

Tickets: Free

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and supported by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Resident Conductor Juan Felipe Molano and our musicians will work alongside highly respected composers of some of the most successful titles in the video game industry. Composers join us for a Q&A and concert pairing critically acclaimed game scores with masterworks that inspired them to enter the field. Gamers and classical music-lovers unite for this rare and exciting blending of contemporary and classical culture!


Sat, Mar 11, 2017, 2:00 pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall


Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Steve Vai, electric guitar

Esa-Pekka Salonen: Gambit
Steve Vai: Original Compositions for Electric Guitar and Orchestra
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Tickets: $15-46

What happens when you join what Jim Svejda of KUSC hails as “one of the finest youth symphonies on earth” with one of Guitar World’s “Greatest Guitarist of All Time?” See for yourself when AYS partners with three-time Grammy Award winner and former Frank Zappa bandmate Steve Vai to deliver a concert you won’t soon forget, pairing Stravinksy’s iconic Rite of Spring with works by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Vai himself!


Sat, Apr 22, 2017
6:00 pm Concert
7:30 pm Gala Dinner
Royce Hall 


Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Rachel Ostler, violin

Mozart: Overture from The Marriage of Figaro
Korngold: Violin Concerto, Op. 35, D major
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

Tickets: Free

We commemorate our annual gala with a joyous celebration of classic masterworks and rising talent. Concerto Competition winner Rachel Ostler joins the orchestra for Korngold’s virtuosic Violin Concerto, in an evening also featuring the spirited Overture from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, and Rachmaninoff’s beloved Symphonic Dances.

GALA Dinner 7:30pm

AYS friends, fans and orchestra members join together on a beautiful, spring evening under the stars in support of the continued success of the American Youth Symphony.

We invite you to share in our biggest fundraiser of the year and help gift these extraordinary concerts to your community!

Individual Dinner & Concert Packages start at $500.
Tables for ten start at $5,000



Mother’s Day
Sun, May 14, 2017, 3:00pm
Ann & Jerry Moss Theater 

At the Herb Alpert Education Village at New Roads School

Members Priority

Juan Felipe Molano, Resident conductor
Dancers from ArtsistPlus

Rameau: Overture to Zaïs, and Dardanus Suite
Copland: Appalachian Spring

We end this season with a concert to thank our donors for all they do in support of AYS. In a concert unlike anything we have done before, a chamber ensemble of AYS musicians will play the full ballet version of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, in collaboration with a local modern ballet troupe. This performance also includes works by visionary French baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau. Celebrate Mother’s day with an afternoon of music from the American Youth Symphony!