Season Archive: 2018/19 Season


Inspired by the global movement for recognition of female artists, creators, and leaders, AYS has dedicated the 2018/19 season to celebrating the tremendous talent and vision of female composers and soloists at the top of their game. From Grammy and Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer, Jennifer Higdon, to global sensation violinist, Sarah Chang, every woman featured is a titan in the field. AYS is honored that they are part of this year’s program, and proud to be on the industry’s leading edge in the conversation around female representation and diversity in classical music.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018, 7:00 pm


Opening Night Concert

Carlos Izcaray, Conductor
Sérgio Coelho, Clarinet

Joan Tower: Tambor

John Corigliano: Clarinet Concerto 

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3

The American Youth Symphony kicks off its “Year of the Woman” with Tambor from Grammy-winning composer Joan Tower! Led by Music Director Carlos Izcaray, the concert also features Rachmaninoff’s groundbreaking third symphony, and a showcase performance from 2018 Concerto Competition winner, Sérgio Coelho, of John Corigliano’s Clarinet Concerto.

Tickets: Free

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018, 11:00 am


Laemmle Live Presents

AYS Woodwind Quintet

Eugene Bozza: Scherzo for Woodwind Quintet, Op.48
Charles Lefebvre: Suite for Woodwind Quintet, Op. 57
Jean Françaix: Woodwind Quintet No. 1
Malcolm Arnold: 
Three Shanties for Woodwind Quintet
Paquito D’rivera: 
Aires Tropicales, Contradanza

Enjoy the debut performance of the AYS Woodwind Quintet at the LAEMMLE LIVE performing arts series at the Monica Film Center in Santa Monica.

Tickets: Free

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2018, 6:00 pm


Sundays LIVE

Beethoven: String Quartet in D major, Op. 18, No. 3
Ravel: String Quartet in F Major

The AYS Principals String Quartet returns to LACMA’s Sundays LIVE concert series! Programmed by Concertmaster Gallia Kastner this charming classical program can be enjoyed live and in-person, or at your leisure on KUSC.org!

Tickets: Free

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2018, 4:00 pm


Raiders of the Lost Ark In Concert

© 1981 Lucasfilm Ltd.  All Rights Reserved. Presentation licensed by Bantha Music c/o Walt Disney Music Company. © All rights reserved.

Carlos Izcaray, Conductor

John Williams: Raiders of the Lost Ark Original Score

Take your friends and family on a wild ride with AYS and Indiana Jones! Maestro Izcaray will lead the orchestra in a live-to-film performance of John Williams’ iconic original score for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Experience this classic adventure in an exciting new way, as the entire movie is projected above the 100-piece AYS orchestra, performing those unforgettable themes in their full symphonic glory!

Tickets: $15 for General Audiences, Free for AYS Members

Hollywood Project Dinner, 7:00 pm

Celebrate and support AYS at an Indiana Jones themed dinner you won’t soon forget! Join with Maestro Izcaray and the AYS Board of Directors in honoring Randy Spendlove, Paramount’s President, Film & TV Music, who has helped shape the landscape of film music for over 20 years. Concert and Dinner Packages start at $350.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019, 7:00 pm


AYS Celebrates the Year of the Woman

Carlos Izcaray, Conductor
Susan Botti, Soprano, Composer
Ted Atkatz, Percussion

Lera Auerbach: Icarus
Susan Botti: EchoTempo, for Soprano, Percussion and Orchestra
Jennifer Higdon: Concerto for Orchestra

Celebrate works by three inspired composers representing the best and brightest in the field today: Lera Auerbach, also an acclaimed concert pianist, poet, and visual artist; Susan Botti, joining the orchestra as a soloist for her much-lauded EchoTempo; and Jennifer Higdon, winner of two Grammys and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Presented in Partnership with the Feminist Majority Foundation and Ms. magazine.

Tickets: FREE

SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019, 7:30 pm


LA Phil Presents: Sounds About Town

With AYS & National Children’s Chorus

Carlos Izcaray, AYS Conductor
Luke McEndarfer, NCC Conductor
Jessica Rivera, Soprano
Gloria Cheng, Piano

Gabriel Fauré: Messe Basse
Nico Muhly: World Premiere, Co-Commissioned by the LA Phil, AYS and NCC
Igor Stravinsky: 
Symphony of Psalms
Alexander Scriabin: Symphony No. 5, “
Prometheus, Poem of Fire

We return to LA Phil’s Sounds About Town Series in collaboration with the National Children’s Chorus (NCC), to present a world premiere commission from Nico Muhly. Continuing the theme of the season, this concert features two extraordinary female soloists, Soprano Jessica Rivera, hailed as “vocally luminous” by the New York Times, and Grammy and Emmy winning pianist Gloria Cheng, described as “breathtaking” by the Washington Post.

Tickets: $15-45 (25% off for AYS Members)

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019, 5:00 pm


54th Annual Gala Concert

Carlos Izcaray, Music Director & Conductor
Sarah Chang, Violin
Jessica Bejarano, Guest Conductor
Fil Eisler, Composer

Dmitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture  – Conducted by Jessica Bejarano
Fil Eisler: For J.E. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra –  World Premiere featuring Sarah Chang
Anna Clyne: This Midnight Hour
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Sarah Chang, widely regarded as one of the great violinists of our time, joins AYS for the inaugural Korngold Commission, a project developed and sponsored by Peter Mandell and Sarah Coade Mandell, pairing world-class solo artists with critically acclaimed film composers. The composer in this case is Fil Eisler, a BMI and SXSW award-winner, best known for scoring hit television series Empire and Revenge. Along with crowd-pleasing offerings from Shostakovich and Strauss, the program also features This Midnight Hour by Anna Clyne, whose work has been described by the New York Times as “virtuosic,” “inventive,” and “dreamlike.”

Gala Dinner, 7:30 pm

After the concert, AYS friends, orchestra members, and guest artists celebrate the continuing success of the American Youth Symphony at the 54th Annual Gala Dinner, our biggest fundraising event of the season. Join AYS in supporting the future of classical music at a sumptuous dinner under the stars! Concert & Dinner packages start at $500.

Mother’s Day Sunday, May 12, 2019, 2:00 pm

The York Manor

Citizen Musician Concert


Anna Kouchnerov, Violin
Jessi Livermore, Violin
Anna Vosbigian, Viola
Alex Thompson-Sánchez, Cello

Amy BEACHQuartet for Strings (13 min)
Rebecca CLARKEComodo et amabile (9 min)
Poem (8 min)
Lullaby and Grotesque for viola & cello (6 min)
Kaija SAARIAHOCloud Trio for violin, viola and cello (16 min)
Julia WOLFEEarly that Summer (12 min) 
Dig Deep (14 min) 
Four Marys (11 min)

Tickets: FREE

This program has been specially selected by our 2018/19 Citizen Musician Fellow, Anna Vosbigian, to complete the “Year of the Woman” season with a selection of works by female composers throughout history.

Anna collaborated with Maestro Izcaray and AYS staff to plan and program this year’s Citizen Musician Concert. This is the second year for this project — inspired and supported by a program Yo-Yo Ma developed at the Civic Orchestra of Chicago — teaching leadership in the use of classical music to transform lives and build community. The aim is to bridge the gap between high art and community art, and in the words of Yo-Yo Ma “transcend technique in order to seek out the truths in our world in a way that gives meaning and sustenance to individuals and communities.”

The Citizen Musician Fellowship is Sponsored by
Peter Mandell and Sarah Coade Mandell

New Venue: The York Manor 4908 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042