The acclaimed American Youth Symphony (AYS), one of the nation’s leading professional training orchestras for musicians ages 15 to 27, continues its 49th season with “Elfman Project II,” a free concert that is part of a multi-year exploration of the music of four-time Academy Award-nominated composer Danny Elfman, on Sunday, November 24, 2013, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Guest conductor David Newman, himself an Oscar-nominated composer, sought-after conductor and AYS alumnus and Immediate Past President, leads the orchestra in the premieres of two new concert suites, Milk Suite and Oz the Great and Powerful Suite, both assembled by Newman and Max Mueller for the occasion from Elfman’s compelling scores for films directed by Gus Van Sant and Sam Raimi, respectively, and performed to film clips from the movies. In addition, Newman conducts music from Alice in Wonderland and Spiderman, and the Big Fish Suite, composed by Elfman for the Tim Burton films of the same name. The concert opens with AYS Music Director Alexander Treger conducting Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite, from his 1934 score for the Russian film based on the novel of the same title by Yur Tynyanov. A chorus comprised of top professional session singers who are volunteering their services for the program joins the 106-member orchestra, noted for its innovative programming and inspiring performances. The event kicks off with a free symposium, at 4:30 pm, including a performance of Elfman’s Overeager Overture, and a panel discussion moderated by esteemed journalist and author Jon Burlingame, focusing on the nuts and bolts of music’s role in films and how composers work with directors. The symposium is presented in partnership with The Film Music Society.
An optional benefit diner with French bistro fare catered by Barbrix Wine Bar takes place between the symposium and concert, providing an opportunity for continuing conversation with the panelists. Tickets, which are required for the dinner, start at $350 per person with proceeds benefiting AYS.
“It is an honor to conduct Danny’s brilliant music and to work with him and with such an incredibly virtuoso orchestra,” says Newman, who also curated and led the highly acclaimed “Elfman Project I” event in May 2012.
AYS has trained more than 2,300 musicians since it was founded, and many of its alumni hold principal positions with the world’s finest orchestras, the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, among them. The remarkable musicians of the American Youth Symphony and their vibrant music have drawn more than a quarter of a million people to Royce Hall since the free series’ inception in 1964.
This season, AYS also showcases composer Jefferson Friedman on February 9, 2014; hosts the “Springtime in Paris” gala on March 9, 2014, featuring pianist and You Tube sensation Valentina Lisitsa; and wraps the season with “The Alumni Project,” in which AYS alumni join current orchestra members to perform Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony on April 13, 2014. Violinist Nigel Armstrong, a finalist in the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Competition and former AYS Concertmaster, is the soloist for the season finale concert.
Online Reservations are recommended but not required for the American Youth Symphony’s free concerts. Royce Hall is located on the campus of UCLA at 10745 Dickson Plaza in Westwood, CA, 90095. For more information, please call (310) 470-2332 or log on to www.AYSymphony.org.
DANNY ELFMAN has established himself as one of the most brilliant and versatile film composers in the industry, collaborating with directors, Tim Burton, Gus Van Sant, Sam Raimi, Paul Haggis, Ang Lee, Rob Marshall, Guillermo del Toro, Brian De Palma, and Peter Jackson. Beginning with his first score for Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Elfman has scored a broad range of films, including: Milk (Oscar nominated), Good Will Hunting (Oscar nominated), Big Fish (Oscar nominated), Men in Black (Oscar nominated), Edward Scissorhands, Wanted, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mission: Impossible, Planet of the Apes, A Simple Plan, To Die For, Spider-Man (1 & 2), Batman, Dolores Claiborne, Sommersby, Chicago, Dick Tracy, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland. Elfman has composed the scores for most of Tim Burton’s writer-director’s films including Dark Shadows, which opens May 11, and the upcoming Frankenweenie. He has earned four Oscar nominations and one Grammy for the theme from Batman. His television work includes writing the main themes for The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives; he won an Emmy for the latter. Elfman fronted the Los Angeles-based theatrical rock band Oingo Boingo, which enjoyed success with such ’80s songs as “Dead Man’s Party,” “Only a Lad,” “Little Girls” and “Weird Science,” the theme from the 1985 film.
DAVID NEWMAN is one of today’s most accomplished creators of music for film. In his 25-year career, he has scored more than100 films, ranging from War of the Roses and Bowfinger to the more recent The Spirit and Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel. Newman’s music has brought to life the critically acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace and Hoffa; such top-grossing comedies Norbit, Scooby-Doo, Galaxy Quest, The Nutty Professor; and award-winning animated films Ice Age, The Brave Little Toaster and Anastasia, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Newman is also a highly sought-after conductor and appears with leading orchestras throughout the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Also an active composer for the concert hall, his works have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony and Long Beach Symphony, and at the Ravinia Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival. Newman has spent considerable time unearthing and restoring film music classics for the concert hall, and headed the Sundance Institute’s music preservation program in the late 1980s. As a tribute to his work in film music preservation, in 2007, he was elected President of the Film Music Society, a nonprofit organization formed by entertainment industry professionals to preserve and restore motion picture and television music. Passionate about mentoring the next generation of musicians, with AYS, he launched the three-year “Jerry Goldsmith Project” and “The Elfman Project,” and has served on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival in the Film Scoring Program. The son of nine-time Oscar-winning composer Alfred Newman, David Newman was born in Los Angeles in 1954. He trained in violin and piano from an early age and earned degrees in orchestral conducting and violin from the University of Southern California. From 1977-1982 he worked extensively in the motion picture and television industry as a violinist, playing on such films as E.T., Twilight Zone – the Movie, and the original Star Trek film.
Noted violinist, accomplished conductor, and gifted educator, ALEXANDER TREGER is beginning his 16th season as Music Director of AYS. He retired from his role as Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in September 2010 after performing with the orchestra for 36 years. He earned critical acclaim for solo appearances in concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev under the direction of Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Vladimir Ashkenazi, Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Recognized for his inspiring work with talented young musicians, Treger also serves as Music Director/Conductor of the Crossroads School Chamber Orchestra and recently joined the Pepperdine University's Fine Arts Division faculty as an Artist in Residence.
AMERICAN YOUTH SYMPHONY, hailed for its “polish and depth” (Los Angeles Times) and performances that are “nothing short of exhilarating” (Beverly Hills Outlook), is dedicated to the artistic development of a new generation of musicians. The orchestra serves top players who seek to widen their horizons in a professional environment. Led by Alexander Treger—recently retired Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic—and with the support of world-class guest artists, AYS offers an immersion program of weekend rehearsals and performances at Royce Hall and around the city. Activities are designed to help musicians become professionals of the highest caliber, innovative thinkers and articulate communicators, engaged in the community. The program is tuition-free, and participation is based solely on merit. The orchestra is comprised of 106 students and graduates from 28 high schools and universities in Southern California.
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American Youth Symphony “Elfman Project II”
FREE CONCERT AND SYMPOSIUM
American Youth Symphony
Alexander Treger, music director
David Newman, guest conductor
Sunday, November 24, 2013, 7 p.m.
Pre-Concert Symposium, 5:30 pm
Featuring Free Panel Discussion moderated by Jon Burlingame – panelists TBA –
and performance of DANNY ELFMAN’s Overeager overture
PROKOFIEV Lieutenant Kijé Suite
Alexander Treger, conductor
DANNY ELFMAN Alice in Wonderland: Alice’s Theme
DANNY ELFMAN Spiderman – Suite
DANNY ELFMAN Milk Suite – arr. David Newman (premiere) to film
DANNY ELFMAN Big Fish - Suite
DANNY ELFMAN The Great and Powerful Oz - arr. David Newman (premiere) to film
David Newman, conductor
UCLA’s Royce Hall
340 Royce Drive
Westwood, CA 90095
Concert and symposium - FREE
Optional benefit dinner - $350 per person