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44th Season At UCLA’s Royce Hall: American Youth Symphony Announces ’08-’09 Schedule

   The American Youth Symphony, led by Music Director/Conductor Alexander Tre-ger, will continue its 44-year tradition of presenting new musical talent during its 2008-09 season.  

   Treger will conduct five free, Sunday-evening concerts at UCLA’s Royce Hall featuring established artists and young soloists, and a range of classical and contemporary music designed to showcase the orchestra.

   Season highlights include the Angeles Chorale performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, violinist and AYS alumna Elizabeth Pitcairn performing the Corigliano Red Violin Chaconne on the red violin, the first installment of The Jerry Goldsmith Project, and pianist Andrew van Oeyen performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2.

   “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved, the accomplishments of my predecessor Mehli Mehta for 35 years and the levels we have reached within the last 10,” says Treger.

   “But I look to the future, the next 100 years, to have the same impact–the goal of sharing the experience of a lifetime with young people and helping them reach their goals as young professionals,” Treger added.

   All concerts, conducted by Treger, are at 7 p.m. with a pre-concert talk at 6 p.m.

   • Sunday, Sept. 21 — Angeles Chorale; Beethoven – Symphony No. 9; Opening night celebration.

   • Sunday, Dec. 7 — Elizabeth Pitcairn, violin; Barber – Overture: The School For Scandal, Corigliano – Chaconne (The Red Violin), Sarasate — Zigeunerwiesen (Gypsy Airs).

   • Sunday, Feb. 1 — Kodaly —Galanta Dances, Mendelssohn -Symphony No. 3 (Scottish).

   • Sunday, Mar. 8 —Adams – Shaker Loops, Strauss -Ein Heldenleben.

   • Sunday, May 3, —Andrew van Oeyen, piano; Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 2, Shostakovich – Symphony No. 10.

   For more information on the American Youth Symphony, visit www.aysymphony.-org or call 310-470-2332.

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