Tickets for Fall concerts, Music Director interview, and more!
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October 16, 2016 - Royce Hall

Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Coleman Itzkoff, cello (concerto competition winner!)

Schreker: Vorspiel zu einem Drama
Bloch: Schelomo - Hebraic Rhapsody 
Mahler: Symphony No.1 "Titan"

Tickets: Free  /  Reserve now!

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.

October 30, 2016 - LACMA's Bing Theater

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.

This is not a ticketed event. Seating will be first-come, first-served.

November 12, 2016 - Royce Hall

David Newman, conductor
Jon Burlingame, host

Alan Silvestri: Back to the Future score

Tickets: $15  for the General Public and FREE for Members

Reserve now!

Q&A and Concert - 7pm, 7:30pm

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. 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.

Fundraiser Dinner - 5pm:

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!
Reserve for dinner, concert and after-party by calling 310-470-2332

After-Party - 10:30pm:

Party like it’s 1985 at our “Enchantment Under the Sea Dance”, featuring live DJ, food trucks, cocktails, beer, and wine. Concert+Party tickets start at just $45!
Just select the $45 seats on the ticket map, the after-party is included!


Click here for our full season schedule!

Meet the Music Director

In preparation for the start of his inaugural season, Music Director Carlos Izcaray talks with Director of Community Engagement Alice Dutton about his background, his musical tastes, and his plans for the future of AYS.

Podcast: Meet the Music Director

"I want to make sure that I am able to continue Maestro Mehli Mehta’s dream, his enthusiasm and belief in the music, that classical music is something that needs to be carried forward into the future. I also want to broaden the spectrum of repertoire that the orchestra is exposed to. I want to promote a sense of global citizenship for AYS musicians so that they can be exposed to and influenced by different cultures, as well as be conscious of and play a role in their communities. Above all, I want to inspire a sense of community in the musicians of AYS..." - Maestro Carlos Izcaray

Share-A-Stand is back,
and bigger than ever!

The start of this new school year marks the official expansion of our Share-A-Stand program. AYS is now serving twice as many schools, and three times as many students. This inspiring in-school program gives middle school kids one-on-one time with AYS mentors, who offer advice on everything from how to hold a bow, to scheduling practice time and writing their own instrumental arrangements of favorite songs.

Thank you to the Green Foundation, the Flourish Foundation, and our community of supporters for making this program possible.

Alumni Spotlight: Steven Logan

Our former timpanist Steven Logan was just named Principal Timpani with the Aukland Philharmonia Orchestra! We recently caught up with Steven, and he had this to say about his time at AYS: 

"Performing with the American Youth Symphony was an experience I will always take with me wherever I go. When I think back on my time playing in the orchestra, my first thought is of how emotional each performance was. Anything in life is at its highest emotional state when being experienced for the first time, and with the age of the players of the orchestra, each concert is a first time opportunity. The competitiveness of the audition process and the age of the musicians guarantees you will take part in a performance that marries masterful playing with youthful excitement. Coming to an American Youth Symphony concert offers a one of a kind take on works you may have heard many times before, and an inspired introduction to those that you haven’t."

Congratulations Steven! And Bon Voyage!

The AYS Office has Moved!

As of June 29, 2016, the AYS Office has moved to a new location:

5150 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 506
Los Angeles, CA 90036

All other contact information remains the same.

We're loving life in Miracle Mile,
and look forward to hearing from you at our new address! 

5150 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 506 Los Angeles, CA 90036

(310) 470 - 2332 |
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