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Danielle Belen will be the soloist at New West Symphony’s three performances this weekend.
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Danielle Belen will be the soloist at New West Symphony’s three performances this weekend.

Samohi, Seven Days, Music, Santa Monica

New West Symphony Presents Santa Monica Concert On Sunday

Posted Jan. 24, 2014, 9:24 am

Mitch James / Mirror Contributor

New West Symphony concertmaster Danielle Belen will be the soloist for the third Masterpiece Series concert of the 2013/2014 season, which will be held in Santa Monica on Sunday.

She will play Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane” for Violin and Orchestra and Camille Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 28.

New West Symphony founding music director and conductor laureate Boris Brott will lead three performances of the program that also includes Paul Dukas’ “L’apprenti Sorcier” (“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”), Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Symphony No. 2 in A Minor, Opus 55 and “Boléro” by Maurice Ravel.

The first performance will take place today, Jan 24 at 8 pm at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, located at 800 Hobson Way in Oxnard.

The program will be repeated on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 pm at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

The third and final performances will be this Sunday, Jan. 26 at 4 pm at Santa Monica’s Barnum Hall, located at 601 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica.

Belen, winner of the 2008 Sphinx Competition, has appeared as a soloist with symphonies across the U.S. including the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Nashville and San Francisco Symphonies, the Boston Pops, and the Florida and Cleveland Orchestras.

A graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music and the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, Belen is now on faculty at the Colburn School.

The concert is sponsored by the New West Symphony League.

The lively and informative, pre-concert discussion known as “Hear & Now Live” about the music will be held at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and 3 pm on Sunday afternoon. The programs are free and open to ticket holders for the respective performances.

Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is a professional orchestra that draws its players from the rich talent pool of professional Los Angeles-area musicians.

Led by music director Marcelo Lehninger, the Symphony is the resident company of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.

It presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually, performing major works from the symphonic repertoire with internationally-acclaimed artists as guest soloists.

The Symphony also 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 partnership with New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County, a year-round music and leadership program for under-served students.

Tickets for this weekend’s performances are priced from $25 to $98 are available by phone, 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday at 1.866.776.8400.

Tickets are also available in person at the New West Symphony office, 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday and through the Symphony web site at newwestsymphony.org, 24/7.

Tickets are also available at the respective concert hall box offices.

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