American Youth Symphony & National Children's Chorus in West-Coast Premiere of Tan Dun's "Heaven Earth Mankind"

AYS and the National Children's Chorus will be led by Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller in the West-Coast premiere of Tan Dun's "Heaven Earth Mankind" at Walt Disney Concert Hall on March 13th.

On Sunday, March 13th at Walt Disney Concert Hall at 2pm, AYS and the National Children’s Chorus will be led by Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller in the West-Coast premiere of Tan Dun’s Heaven Earth Mankind. Written to commemorate the reunification of China and Hong Kong, this epic symphony -- featuring a solo performance from AYS principal cellist Coleman Itzkoff -- incorporates East and West, past and present, in a sweeping musical narrative that LA audiences will have an opportunity to hear live for the first time!

Tickets range from $15 to $43 (AYS members save 15%). Reserve today!

The finest youth symphony on earth!

Jim Svejda, KUSC

Maestro Miller, current Music Director of the Albany Symphony, and former Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is frequently in demand as a guest conductor and has worked with most of America's major orchestras, including those 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. 

Cellist Coleman Itzkoff is a graduate student at USC’s Thornton School of Music studying under renowned pedagogue Ralph Kirshbaum. He has been with the American Youth Symphony since 2014, and was just announced as the winner of the 2016 AYS Concerto Competition.

The National Children’s Chorus, led by Maestro Luke McEndarfer, will be making its Walt Disney Concert Hall debut, bringing 200 “senior division” singers from across the country.

The American Youth Symphony, now in its 51st season, has been heralded by KUSC’s Jim Svejda as “The finest youth symphony on earth!” The mission of AYS is to inspire the future of a timeless art form. The orchestra provides paid fellowships to 100 musicians ages 15-27 who represent extraordinary talent from all over the world.

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