Concert Information

Flint Center

De Anza College
November 4, 2018
Tickets are available only through Ticketmaster and can be purchased at the door.

Second Concert

San Mateo Performing Arts Center

San Mateo High School
November 18, 2018
Tickets are available through our website and can be purchased at the door.

Maps & Directions

Plan Your Visit

Season Opener Concerts

Join Maestro Eylar as he inaugurates the 67th season of the California Youth Symphony with a dazzling array of works on the season’s opening concert series. As the celebrations for the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein come to their close, Maestro Eylar has chosen to begin the season with music from Bernstein’s only original film score: On the Waterfront, the 1954 Marlon Brando blockbuster which garnered 8 Academy Awards. The work is one of Bernstein’s most deeply felt and moving compositions, from the action-packed fight scenes to the supremely beautiful and tender love music.  Our Young Artist Competition winner Abigail Leong will perform Dvořák’s beloved Cello Concerto, composed in New York in 1894-95 during Dvořák’s tenure as Director of the National Conservatory of Music. We round out our opening concert series with the thrilling, whirlwind opener La Valse, by Maurice Ravel. Don’t miss this intensely romantic and high-octane inaugural concert series!

Leo Eylar, conductor
Abigail Leong, cello

Ravel: La Valse
Dvořák: Cello Concerto (Abigail Leong, soloist)
Bernstein: Suite from On the Waterfront

Young Artist Competition Winner

Abigail Leong is fourteen years old and attends The King’s Academy in Sunnyvale. She started learning cello at the age of four, and her current teacher is Jonathan Koh of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division, where she is furthering her music studies.


CYS Young Artist Competition

Each spring the California Youth Symphony holds its Young Artist Competition to select soloists for the following season. The Competition is open to pianists and instrumental soloists under age 19. Two young artists will be chosen by a panel of three judges to perform with the CYS Orchestra during the November or March concert series of the following season.

Application form becomes available in January!



Abigail Leong
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Leo Eylar
Music Director
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