New season update, fall concert details, and more!
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Sunday, September 27

LIVE to picture!

4:00 pm Concert

David Newman, conductor
Michael Giacchino, composer
Jon Burlingame, host

We open our season with an AYS first—an entire score played live to picture! Immerse yourself in the intensity of Academy Award® winning composer Michael Giacchino’s exhilarating score for J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster hit Star Trek Into Darkness. World-renowned conductor and film composer David Newman leads the orchestra and audience in this exciting cinematic adventure!

FREE to AYS Members
(Members reserve through the
Members’ Page)

General Public Tickets:
$15 in advance
$20 at the door

7:00 pm Dinner

Join the film composer, conductor, musicians, film enthusiasts and friends as we come together for a sumptuous dinner to benefit the American Youth Symphony. Enjoy this special gathering as the perfect way to launch our 51st season!

Dinner Packages & Pricing

RESERVE ONLINE FOR DINNER AND CONCERT Or reserve by phone at: 310-470-2332

Coming up this Fall:


October 25, 2015
LACMA’s Bing Theater

STRAUSS: Sextet for Strings from Capriccio 
DVOŘÁK: String Quintet in E-flat Major

AYS returns to LACMA’s Sundays LIVE to feature principal AYS string players. This joyful chamber music concert showcases the caliber of AYS musicians with beloved works by Richard Strauss and Antonín Dvořák.

Free Concert | No Reservations Necessary

Emmanuel Villaume, conductor
Andrew von Oeyen, piano

RAVEL: Menuet antique
GERSHWIN: Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra
RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G Major

Distinguished French Maestro Emmanuel Villaume leads AYS in a “sea” of French and American music. The orchestra will perform Debussy’s La mer, which has become one of his most admired works, as well as Ravel’s Minuet antique and Henri Lazarof’s Poema. Critically acclaimed concert pianist Andrew von Oeyon joins the orchestra for Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G and Gershwin’s sensational Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra.

Free Concert! Reserve Now

AYS 51st Season Update:

2014/15 marked the celebratory final season of Maestro Alexander Treger's tenure with the American Youth Symphony. This year, as we search for our next music director, musicians and audiences will be treated to the unique perspectives of a suite of highly acclaimed conductors, including Emmanuel Villaume, James Conlon, David Alan Miller, Yehuda Gilad, and of course AYS alumnus and board member David Newman.

A committee has been formed to select the next Music Director of AYS, comprised of board members, alumni, accomplished musicians and music educators, and several leaders in the field of classical music, including Chad Smith from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Ed Yim from the New York Philharmonic.  The committee is currently choosing finalists from a pool of 80 highly qualified candidates from all over the world.

We are excited to share this journey with all of you, and will be providing updates along the way. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out, we would be happy to talk with you. 

Thank you for being a part of this wonderful community of music lovers! We look forward to seeing you at our opening concert on September 27th. 

In Memory of John Liebes

Beloved AYS Board Member John Liebes passed away on August 15, 2015 at the age of 84.

John was a respected and successful business man, family man, and an admired member of this community. We were grateful for his generosity and friendship, and we will miss him.

Friends can read more about John's life, and sign his memorial guestbook

Welcome Matisse!

This month, AYS added a new member to our administrative team, Development Associate, Matisse Geenty!

Matisse, a 2015 graduate of UC Santa Barbara, discovered a passion for fundraising while working in her school’s development department, eventually co-chairing her senior class gift campaign. She spent her college summers interning with festival orchestras and consulting agencies across the nation, fine tuning the skills to create mutually beneficial relationships for orchestras and their valued supporters. 

As a violinist who studied with Sibelius prize-winner Yuval Yaron, combining her passion for music with an inclination towards business was the clear next step when she decided to step away from the stage. As she begins her work at AYS, Matisse is thrilled to help ensure the next 50 years are even stronger than the last.

We're very excited to introduce Matisse to our community, so when you see her at a concert this season, come up and say hello! 

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