On Saturday, November 12 at 7:30pm in UCLA’s distinguished Royce Hall, the American Youth Symphony (AYS) orchestra, led by esteemed maestro David Newman, performs the film score to the 1980s time-travel classic Back to the Future live-to-picture. Just before the concert, at 7pm, leading film and television music writer Jon Burlingame will moderate a Q&A with the film’s distinguished composer, Alan Silvestri. The film's screenwriter Bob Gale will also be in attendance.
A fundraising dinner precedes the concert while a fun filled 80’s-themed after-party follows it, complete with DJ, stocked bar, and all-American fare, including Pink’s Hotdogs. Ticket prices range from $15 (concert and Q&A), $45 (concert, Q&A, and after-party), and $350 (all-inclusive fundraising dinner).
Reserve your tickets today at https://aysymphony.org/tickets/
“Back to the Future Live-to-Picture” is the ninth installment in the American Youth Symphony’s Hollywood Projects series, which has canvassed the work of John Williams, Danny Elfman, Jerry Goldsmith, Michael Giacchino, and now Alan Silvestri. A multiple Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee, and Grammy and Emmy winner, Silvestri is the creator of exciting and memorable scores for countless major motion pictures, including Forrest Gump, Marvel’s The Avengers, and Castaway.
An alumnus of AYS, David Newman has been a stalwart supporter and leader on the Board of Directors for many years, and has served as conductor for every Hollywood Project concert. A celebrated creator of music for cinema, Newman has scored over 100 films including War of the Roses, Matilda, Serenity, and Anastasia, for which he holds an Academy Award nomination. Newman is also a highly sought-after conductor, and has worked with orchestras throughout the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and many more. He is currently on a mini-tour performing live, with orchestra, movies such as West Side Story, Back To The Future, Star Trek Into Darkness, and E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial.
The Hollywood Projects have been widely praised as showcasing the technical prowess and musical maturity of the AYS orchestra, with Justin Craig of Film Score Monthly writing: “The American Youth Symphony stands high, mastering the challenge of performing film music with all its unconventional meters and rhythms. Don’t be deceived by the label of ‘youth’ orchestra; the AYS is the real deal.” The projects are made possible by the support of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, BMI, and AYS donors and sponsors.
The American Youth Symphony’s mission is to inspire the future of classical music. AYS is made up of a diverse group of over 100 exceptionally talented musicians between the ages of 15 to 27. Competitively selected, these musicians represent extraordinary talent from all over the world. Each member receives invaluable training, as well as generous financial support and unique opportunities to perform in front of large, enthusiastic audiences. AYS has been heralded as the finest youth symphony on earth and musicians often go on to find employment with some of the world’s most renowned symphony orchestras.
American Youth Symphony concerts are offered for free or significantly reduced admission. By gifting the community with remarkable performances at world-class venues, the American Youth Symphony remains committed to creating access and opportunity for everyone to experience the inspiration of this beautiful art form.