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The holidays are upon us!  We know this means your time is precious and appeals are aplenty from many deserving organizations. So why choose to support the American Youth Symphony? Quite simply, there are four reasons to make your tax-deductible gift, and as much as we love elaborating on AYS, we know you’d rather hear directly from those your gift would benefit: 
Inspire the future of classical music
“A group like AYS has the power to keep music alive.”
 - Audience member, September 27, 2015
“Thank you AYS for coming [to teach us]. The music was beautiful and you all inspired me to want to go to college and study music. You make me want to play music for the rest of my life!”
 -  Student, Markham Middle School in Watts
Give free classical performances to those who otherwise cannot afford them
“I’m post-college, loan-filled, and poor so getting to have such an amazing night out with my husband was such a blessing. What you do is amazing! Thank you so much!”
-  Audience member, September 27, 2015
Support the concert artists of tomorrow
“The American Youth Symphony and all that are involved with the organization absolutely without a doubt started me on my journey to becoming a working professional musician.”
 -  Carrie Rexroat (AYS Horn 2013-15)
“I can honestly say that being in AYS was the single most important factor in getting my career started.”
 -  Allen Fogle (AYS Principal Horn 2008-14)
Build cultural bridges in Los Angeles
“This is my daughter’s first concert. Mine too. She’s only in kindergarten, but I guess I’ve already given her a better life than I started out with.”
 - Parent, Transfiguration Elementary School in South Los Angeles
Support our vision of classical music as alive, vibrant, and relevant to all audiences. With contributors like you, we do have the power to keep music alive! 

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We wish you a happy holiday season!

Esa-Pekka Salonen Joins
AYS Advisory Council


We are thrilled to announce that world-renowned Conductor and Composer
Esa-Pekka Salonen has joined the newly established AYS Advisory Council.

Salonen is currently the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and the Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009.

We are proud and honored that he has joined the Advisory Council, taking a formal role in helping to guide and shape the future of the American Youth Symphony.

Other Council members include:

Sarah Chang
Concert violinist

Robert Cutietta
Dean, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music

Sarah Coade Mandell
Philanthropist; Managing Partner, QRMS, LLC;
Studio and Orchestral Double Bassist

Zubin Mehta

Deborah Rutter
President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Alan Silvestri
Composer and Conductor

Chad Smith
Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Concert pianist

Edward Yim
Vice President of Artistic Planning, New York Philharmonic

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, celebrate the start of a new year with a night to remember! This intimate dinner will feature live music from a duo of AYS principal musicians in the exclusive Chinois private dining room, where guests will be treated to a sumptuous five course meal, paired with exquisite wines from Cobblestone Vineyards. 

For just $200, this all-inclusive dinner package promises a night of tasteful indulgence for all the senses!

Reserve now by calling Bella at 310-392-9025.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the American Youth Symphony.
Thank you to our event partners:

AYS Spring Concerts

Reservations open on January 6, 2016!
Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 11am  |  Royce Hall
Family Concert

Juan Felipe Molano, conductor

Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Op. 34
Rimsky–Korsakov: Scheherazade op. 35, Mvt. II The Tale of Prince Kalendar
Peck: Playing With Style
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Flight of the Bumblebee
Offenbach: Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld 

Children and families are invited to discover the world of classical music! We’re partnering with First 5 LA to present a concert and activities for kids of all ages—the perfect way to share classical music and create a lasting legacy for the next generation.

Free Concert | Reservations Open January 6

Saturday February 20, 2016 - 7pm  |  Royce Hall Robert McDuffie, conductor and soloist

Glass: The American Four Seasons
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Famed violinist Robert McDuffie joins AYS to play and conduct Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 2 – The American Four Seasons, a work written specially for McDuffie, inspired by Vivaldi’s Baroque Classic.

Free Concert | Reservations Open January 6

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 2pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall

David Alan Miller, conductor
Luke McEndarfer, chorus conductor
Coleman Itzkoff, cello
National Children’s Chorus

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
Tan Dun: Heaven Earth Mankind

Feel the power of Tan Dun’s highly-acclaimed work as award-winning conductor David Alan Miller leads AYS and the National Children’s Chorus in the West Coast premiere of Heaven Earth Mankind. Don’t miss this spectacular concert at the majestic Walt Disney Concert Hall as Coleman Itzkoff, AYS Principal Cellist, guest solos in a piece premiered by Yo-Yo Ma to commemorate China’s reunification with Hong Kong in 1997.

Tickets $15 – $43; Members receive a 15% discount!
Reservations open January 6

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 7:30pm | Royce Hall
Gala Concert

James Conlon, conductor

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 1
STRAUSS: Also Sprach Zarathustra

We are thrilled to welcome the beloved Music Director of the Los Angeles Opera, James Conlon, to conduct the 2016 Gala concert! Conlon, who has been the LA Opera’s conductor since 2006, recently celebrated his 11th season as Music Director of the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.

The concert will be followed by our annual benefit gala at 8:30pm

Free Concert | Reservations Open January 6

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 7pm
The Ann & Jerry Moss Theater

At the Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School

Member's Priority Concert*

Yehuda Gilad, conductor
Simone Porter, violin

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D

We conclude our season with a Members Priority concert as part of Sarah & Peter Mandell’s “Hardly Strictly Classical” series. International rising star and AYS alumna, Simone Porter, delights us with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D, preceded by Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony.

Free Concert
Member Reservations Open April 6 | General Reservations Open April 30

*Members have first priority to reserve tickets in this intimate 344-seat theater.
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