There’s nothing quite like experiencing the thrill and power of live symphonic music firsthand, and the New West Symphony invites music lovers in the Conejo Valley and beyond to do just that throughout its 2015-2016 season, under the direction of dynamic young music conductor, Marcelo Lehninger.
Now in its 21st year, the symphony presents six Masterpiece Series concerts featuring internationally acclaimed guest soloists from October through May at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, where it is the resident professional orchestra. These performances by talented Los Angeles-area musicians take place right in our own backyard, without that harrowing drive into the city. Each concert is also performed at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center and at Santa Monica’s Barnum Hall.
The symphony plays an all-Mendelssohn program, Scottish Fantasy, on Nov. 6-8, with Violinist Caroline Goulding performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E Minor for Violin & Orchestra on a program that also includes The Hebrides Overture, Opus 26 “Fingal’s Cave,” and Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, “Scottish.” Goulding, described as “precociously gifted” by Gramophone magazine, has performed with many of the world’s premier orchestras.
The season also includes a wide variety of music by Gershwin, Ravel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and more. In May, the orchestra will present drumming legend Stewart Copeland as its guest artist. Best known as the drummer from the rock band The Police, he’ll perform the West Coast premiere of his Concerto No. 1, “The Tyrant’s Crush.”
Maestro Lehninger programs his concerts with the idea of treating New West Symphony patrons to intriguing and exciting new works in addition to the familiar, best-loved classics. Next spring, the orchestra will also present the world premiere of a New West Symphony-commissioned piece called “Go” by Los Angeles composer Adam Schoenberg.
A wide range of ticket prices beginning at just $29 makes concerts affordable for just about anyone interested in attending. Young families can join the VIP Family Club and receive discounted tickets and backstage tours. The new Connect Club makes concerts accessible to high school and college students, with tickets priced at just $10 per concert – less than the price of a movie!
So Live it L!ve this season and experience the joy of a live orchestral performance. Visit NewWestSymphony.org or call 805.497.5880 for tickets and information. We’ll see you at the Symphony!