Westlake Village Symphony Strums Up Food for Manna 7

The Westlake Village Symphony’s recent Fall Music Festival and Food Drive helped stock the pantry at Manna of Conejo Valley while providing a magical musical evening under the stars for the community to enjoy.

More than 500 people turned out to take part in the festivities, including an exotic car show, open galleries, pet adoption display and food drive, and of course, inspiring live music by Westlake Village’s very own 60-piece orchestra.

In line with its goal to “entertain and inspire varied audiences through excellent orchestral performances,” the nonprofit 501c organization presents free concerts to the public.

In addition to Westlake Village Symphony’s performance featuring favorite show time and film music, popular classical works and Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture, the evening included musical entertainment by several other talented musicians.

Steve Oliver and the Moscoe on the Hudson band and rising vocalists, including mezzo soprano Shabnam Kalbasi, soprano Natalia Vivino, tenor Dan Russo, bass Jesse Merlin and trumpeter Chris Tedesco, delighted the audience with a range of music, from opera to jazz to musical theater.

Guests also enjoyed gourmet edibles and beverages from some of Westlake Village’s finest purveyors, including Five Threads Brewing Company, LLC, Duke of Bourbon and Texas-style BBQ from Farm and Flame. 

The public is invited to Westlake Village Symphony’s next performance on Friday, Nov. 11 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1600 East Hillcrest Drive, in Thousand Oaks.