New West Symphony, with performances in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard and Santa Monica, opens its 2017/2018 Masterpiece Series season this month.
Kicking off its 23rd season with a tribute to Hispanic Heritage Month, New West Symphony’s “Grand Season Opening” Oct. 6-8 features favorites from Argentinian and Spanish composers, Piazzolla and Falla, as well as symphonic classics by Mozart and Beethoven. Renowned flamenco dancer Siudy Garrido will perform the Spanish ballet, “El Amor Brujo” by Manuel de Falla, and Guest Conductor Grant Cooper will lead the performance.
Next month, on Nov. 17-19, in celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, famed Hollywood Bowl Music Director John Mauceri will conduct a unique multimedia program in honor of Bernstein, and violin superstar Pinchas Zukerman will conduct and perform with the orchestra. Maestro Mauceri, a beloved protégé and close collaborator with Leonard Bernstein, will share many of his personal stories of their time working together. Presented in partnership with the Valley Performing Arts Center, the program will feature selections from “On the Town,” “West Side Story,” “Candide” and other Bernstein favorites. Performances are Nov. 17 at Valley Performing Arts Center, Nov. 18 at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and Sunday Nov. 19 at Oxnard Performing Arts Center.
In its annual series, the New West Symphony performs major works from the symphonic repertoire with internationally-acclaimed artists as guest soloists. The 2017/2018 season continues the exciting process of auditioning candidates for the New West Symphony’s new music director. Three finalists have been selected to return to conduct the orchestra, performing programs in distinctly different styles from the programs they conducted previously. Maestro Kynan Johns will conduct the January “Tchaikovsky Pathetique” concerts, Tania Miller will conduct the May “Virtuoso Tour de Force” concerts and Fawzi Haimor will conduct this month’s season opening concerts.
Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is comprised of musicians from the rich talent pool of professional Los Angeles-area artists. In addition to its concert series, the New West Symphony provides quality outreach and educational opportunities for the communities it serves through its annual Symphonic Adventures concert programs for youth, its traveling Music Van and its New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura.
The six Masterpiece Series concerts take place Saturdays at 8 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and Sundays at 3 p.m. at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Three concerts will be held in Santa Monica: Friday, Oct. 6 at the Broad Stage; Thursday, Jan. 25 at Barnum Hall; and Friday, March 9 at Broad Stage. Subscription prices range from $150-$600 for all six concerts in the Masterpiece Series.
For tickets and show times, visit NewWestSymphony.org or call 866.776.8400.