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Danielle Belen, Duncan Massey, Lara Wickes and Mark Tanner (front) will be part of the April 7 performance in Santa Monica.
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Danielle Belen, Duncan Massey, Lara Wickes and Mark Tanner (front) will be part of the April 7 performance in Santa Monica.

Seven Days, Music, Santa Monica

New West Symphony Announces 2012-13 Season

Anne Akiko Meyers will be a guest artist at New West Symphony’s performance at Barnum Hall on Sept. 30.
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Anne Akiko Meyers will be a guest artist at New West Symphony’s performance at Barnum Hall on Sept. 30.

Posted Aug. 21, 2012, 2:19 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

New West Symphony will perform six Sunday afternoons at Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High School as part of its 2012/2013 Masterpiece Series Season, which starts next month.

Performances will take place at 4 p.m. on Sept. 30, Nov. 4, Jan. 27, Feb. 24, April 7, and May 12.

Additional concerts will also be presented those weekends on Friday evenings at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center and Saturday evenings at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

Speaking of his first season as music director, Marcelo Lehninger said he was thrilled to work with the orchestra.

“It is an honor to work with these wonderful musicians,” Lehninger said. “I look forward to our time together and to presenting new and exciting programs for our patrons.”

Executive director Natalia Staneva said she was delighted to welcome Maestro Lehninger as its new music director.

“He brings a joy and musicality to his music making that resonates with musicians and audiences alike,” Staneva said. “I look forward to working with him in this exciting season and for many seasons to come. I know the musicians of the orchestra and our patrons share my enthusiasm.”

A highlights of the 2012/2013 Masterpiece Series Season include the West Coast premiere of Visions of America: A Photo-Symphony with photography by Joseph Sohm and music by Roger Kellaway on Jan. 27.

The season finale in May will feature the Beethoven Ninth Symphony with winners of the Symphony’s YouTube Young Artists Competition as guest soloists.

Guest artists making their New West Symphony debuts include conductor Maxim Eshkenazy, soprano Dina Kuznetsova, pianist Norman Krieger, and vocalist Steve Tyrell, violinist Rachel Barton Pine, oboist Lara Wickes, bassoonist Duncan Massey and the four winners of the Young Artists Competition.

Guest artists making return appearances include New West Symphony founding music director and conductor laureate Boris Brott, violinists Anne Akiko Meyers and Danielle Belin and cellist Mark Tanner.

Brochures for the 2012/2013 Season may be requested by calling 1.866.776.8400 or by email at symphony@newwestsymphony.org.

Subscription packages are available on-line through the Symphony’s secure web site at www.newwestsymphony.org or by calling the Symphony ticket office at 1.866.776.8400 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Tickets for individual concerts will go on sale on August 21, 2012.

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