Juan Felipe Molano, conductor
Britten: The Young Personâ€™s Guide to the Orchestra Op. 34
Rimskyâ€“Korsakov: Scheherazade op. 35, Mvt. II The Tale of Prince Kalendar
Peck: Playing With Style
Rimskyâ€“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! Weâ€™re partnering with First 5 LA to present a concert and activities for kids of all agesâ€”the perfect way to share classical music and create a lasting legacy for the next generation.
Maestro Juan Felipe Molano is currently the conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), and previously held that position with the Colombian Youth Philharmonic, Youth Orchestra Salinas (California), Caldas Chamber Orchestra, Cali Youth Philharmonic and Bogota Youth Philharmonic. During 2008-2013 he was the National Orchestral Director of Batuta Colombian System of Youth Orchestras (El Sistema - Colombia). This concert officially kicks off Maestro Molano's first season as a Resident Conductor with the American Youth Symphony.
Robert McDuffie, conductor and violinist
Marc Williams, resident conductor
Glass: The American Four Seasons
Famed violinist Robert McDuffie joins AYS to play and conduct Philip Glassâ€™ Violin Concerto No. 2 â€“ The American Four Seasons, a work written for and dedicated to McDuffie himself, inspired by Vivaldiâ€™s Baroque Classic. Maestro McDuffie gave the world premiere of The American Four Seasons with the Toronto Symphony, and completed a thirty-city U.S. tour with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, pairing the Glass Four Seasons with the Vivaldi Four Seasons. He enjoys a dynamic and multi-faceted career, appearing as soloist with the world's foremost orchestras, while also occasionally sharing the stage with Gregg Allman and Chuck Leavell in "Midnight Rider," with actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith in Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail," or playing Bach for Memphis Jook dancer Li'l Buck.
Rimsky-Korsakovâ€™s Scheherazade, led by AYS Resident Conductor Marc Williams, will unleash excitement as this passionate musical adaptation of the classic Arabian folk tale reverberates through Royce Hall. This concert officially marks the beginning of Maestro Williams' tenure as a Resident Conductor with AYS. Williams regularly conducts various ensembles on the East Coast of the United States, having made his Carnegie Hall debut leading the New Yorkâ€“based contemporary music ensemble Second Instrumental Unit, of which he served as co-executive director and principal conductor. He also recently served on the conducting staff at Spoleto Festival USA for seven seasons as Resident Conductor and assistant to the Music Director.
David Alan Miller, conductor
Luke McEndarfer, conductor
Coleman Itzkoff, cello
National Childrenâ€™s Chorus
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
Tan Dun: Heaven Earth Mankind
Feel the power of Tan Dunâ€™s highly-acclaimed work as Grammy award-winning conductor David Alan Miller leads AYS and the National Childrenâ€™s Chorus in the West Coast premiere of Heaven Earth Mankind. Join us for 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 Chinaâ€™s reunification with Hong Kong in 1997.
David Alan Miller is currently Music Director of the Albany Symphony, and is a former Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Frequently in demand as a guest conductor, Maestro Miller has worked with most of America's major orchestras, including the orchestras of Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, as well as the New World Symphony, the Boston Pops, and the New York City Ballet.
Tickets $15 - $43; Members receive a 15% discount! Reserve Now
7:30 pm Concert
James Conlon, conductor
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 1
STRAUSS: Also sprach Zarathustra
Maestro James Conlon, one of todayâ€™s most versatile and respected conductors, has cultivated a vast symphonic, operatic and choral repertoire. Since his 1974 debut with the New York Philharmonic, he has conducted virtually every major American and European symphony orchestra. Through worldwide touring, an extensive discography and videography, numerous essays and commentaries, frequent television appearances and guest speaking engagements, Mr. Conlon is one of classical musicâ€™s most recognized interpreters.
Free Concert | Reserve Now (concert only)
8:30 pm Gala Dinner
AYS friends and fans of the eveningâ€™s honorees -- Maestro James Conlon, and philanthropist Marilyn Ziering -- join together on a beautiful, spring evening under the stars in support of the continued success of the American Youth Symphony.
This concert is presented in loving memory of John Liebes, a distinguished member of the AYS Board of Directors from 1997-2015.
We invite you to share in our biggest fundraiser of the year and help gift these extraordinary concerts to your community!
Dinner reservations open February 1.