Sun, Sep 24, 2017, 5:00 pm
Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Strauss: Don Juan (17 minutes)
To begin our 53rd season, Music Director Carlos Izcaray leads a concert sponsored by the family of John Liebes. Featuring beloved works by Richard Strauss and Dmitri Shostakovich; with twenty year old Concerto Competition winner Aubree Oliverson on Bruch’s virtuosic Violin Concerto in G minor.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017, 6:00pm
AYS Principals Chamber Ensemble
Mozart: String Quartet in D Major, K499 (26 minutes)
Free Concert / No Reservations Necessary
AYS returns to LACMA’s Sundays LIVE to feature a program selected by AYS concertmaster Gallia Kastner. This performance will also be broadcast live on KUSC as part of their Sundays Live series.
A unique and exciting pairing of the euphoric pop music of BØRNS with the untouchable quality of classical music from an exceptionally talented chamber ensemble of AYS musicians, this unlikely concert at the Viaduct sold-out (550 tickets) within 30 minutes of going on sale. The performance will open with an instrumental set performed by AYS, leading into a set of BØRNS chart-topping hits reimagined for chamber orchestra, with BØRNS himself providing his original vocals. Then BØRNS and his band will take the stage to present music from his upcoming album.
This sold-out event is the inaugural project of the AYS Vanguard (young professionals council) in partnership with Kensington Presents. Interested in joining the Vanguard council? Email: Alice.Dutton@AYSymphony.org
Sun, Nov 19, 2017
4pm Q&A, 4:30pm Concert
Carlos Izcaray, conductor
John Williams: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial score (First half: 66minutes, second half: 51 minutes)
Tickets: $15 (free for Members)
Be sure to ‘phone home’ and tell your friends and family: AYS is performing John Williams’ legendary score for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial live-to-picture! Led by Music Director Carlos Izcaray, AYS invites you to experience this iconic film in a new, unique way. Join music and film enthusiasts at 4 pm for a Q&A with industry leaders moderated by Jon Burlingame, with the concert and film beginning at 4:30 pm.
7pm Dinner Party
After the concert, support AYS at an E.T.-themed dinner party, where you can celebrate with Maestro Izcaray and film music industry luminaries, honoring AYS Board Members David Newman and Steven Linder, pioneers of the live-to-film concert movement. Meal provided by Contemporary Catering with wines from Cobblestone Vineyards.
Concert/Film + Dinner packages start at just $350!
Sat, Feb 17, 2018, 2:00 pm
Juan Felipe Molano, Resident Conductor
Presenting selections from works by Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives and Aaron Copland, with guiding narration from Resident Conductor Juan Felipe Molano, in the educational tradition of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts. Shared as part of the “Bernstein at 100” centennial celebration.
Sat, Feb 17, 2018, 7:00 pm
Juan Felipe Molano, resident conductor
Bernstein: Divertimento (15 minutes)
AYS celebrates the 100th birthday of a legendary conductor, composer and musician with a Bernstein Centennial concert. This exciting program will showcase works by American composers Aaron Copland, Charles Ives and none other than “Lennie” himself!
Sun, Mar 25, 2018, 7:30pm
Carlos Izcaray: conductor
Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine (4 minutes)
Tickets: $15-45 (Members get a 15% discount)
As part of the LA Phil’s Sounds About Town concert series, AYS performs an eclectic array of works by John Adams, Jennifer Higdon and Maurice Ravel. World renowned pianist Vladimir Feltsman, whose playing has been lauded for its “thunderous power” by the New York Times, joins the orchestra for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
Sat, April 21, 2018
Q&A – 4:30 pm
Panelist: Joanna Demers
The concert is preceded by a Q&A at 4:30 pm, exploring the use of music to uplift the human spirit and effect change. Panelists include Joanna Demers, Chair of the Musicology department at USC’s Thornton School of Music, who writes both scholarly and creative works examining philosophical themes in music.
Concert – 5:00 pm
Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Izcaray: Strike Fugaz, original composition, world-premiere
This year’s gala concert features repertoire celebrating the triumph of the human spirit in a first-time collaboration with Human Rights Watch, with works by Revueltas and Beethoven, along with Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, narrated by actors Robert Desiderio and Judith Light. We are also thrilled to present the world premiere of Strike Fugaz, an original composition by Music Director Carlos Izcaray.
Gala Dinner 7:30pm
Join AYS friends and orchestra members for our annual Gala Dinner, celebrating the continuing success of the American Youth Symphony, and honoring the centennial birthday of Edna Weiss. Held on a beautiful Spring night under the stars, AYS invites you to share in our biggest fundraising event of the year, to help provide extraordinary free concerts as a gift to this community!
Individual Dinner & Concert Packages start at $500. Tables for ten start at $5,000.
The 2018 Gala is Sponsored by:
STEPHEN SCHWARTZ: Beautiful City from Godspell, featuring Urban Voices