New West Symphony Concludes Season Sunday In Santa Monica With Beethoven Concert

Friday, 10 May 2013, 9:01:00 AM

Mitch James

Winners of the iCadenza/New West Symphony Young Artists Vocal Competition will be the soloists for the Ninth Symphony. They include (from left) tenor Casey Candebat, soprano Emily Dyer, mezzo-soprano Grace Newberry, and bass-baritone Steve Pence.
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Winners of the iCadenza/New West Symphony Young Artists Vocal Competition will be the soloists for the Ninth Symphony. They include (from left) tenor Casey Candebat, soprano Emily Dyer, mezzo-soprano Grace Newberry, and bass-baritone Steve Pence.

The final concert of New West Symphony’s 2012/2013

Masterpiece Series season will be held this Sunday, May 12 in Santa Monica.

The all-Beethoven concert, led by music director Marcelo

Lehninger, will include Leonore Overture No. 3 in C Major, Opus 72a and the

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Opus 125, “Choral.”

Winners of the iCadenza/New West Symphony Young Artists

Vocal Competition will be the soloists for the Ninth Symphony. They include

soprano Emily Dyer, mezzo-soprano Grace Newberry, tenor Casey Candebat and

bass-baritone Steve Pence. 

The New West Symphony Chorus and the Los Robles Master

Chorale, directed by Lesley Leighton, will provide the choral forces for the

Symphony.

The first performance will take place on Friday, May 10

at 8 pm at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, located at 800 Hobson Way in Oxnard. 

The program will be repeated on Saturday, May 11 at 8 pm

at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts

Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

The season will come to an end on Sunday, May 12 at 4 pm

at Santa Monica’s Barnum Hall, located at 601 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica.

A lively and informative, pre-concert discussion called

“Hear & Now Live” about the music on the program begins 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. 

iCadenza, a career-development and consulting company,

and the New West Symphony established the Young Artists Vocal Competition as an

online competition with the goal of selecting the soloists for the performances

of the Beethoven Ninth Symphony and encouraging the careers of aspiring young

artists. 

Finalists for the competition were selected through

videos submitted on YouTube with the winners selected through live auditions

before a panel of judges.

Soprano Emily Dyer was named a Grand Prize Finalist for

the 2010 Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards and has received a Gold

Medal for the Rotary Young Singer of the Year Competition. She was recently the soprano soloist for the

Beethoven Ninth with the California Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Mezzo-soprano Grace Newberry, a native of Thousand Oaks,

California, is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and now studies

with Sheri Greenawald in San Francisco. She has recently sung at the

International Lyric Academy in Rome and this summer will be a studio artist

with the Wolf Trap Opera Company.

Tenor Casey Candebat, a native of New Orleans, LA, has

appeared with the New Orleans Opera, the Chautauqua Opera and Opera North. He

recently joined the roster of the Merola Opera Program, the training arm of the

San Francisco Opera. Candebat has won the Grand Prize in the Bel Canto

Foundation Voice Competition, the Raimondi Prize with the Casa Italia

Foundation, and the Chautauqua Opera Guild's Encouragement Award.

Bass-baritone Steve Pence is a frequent soloist with the

Los Angeles Master Chorale, having recently appeared with the Chorale in Bach’s

St. John and St. Matthew Passions, Handel’s Messiah, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson

Mass. He has also performed solos in Bach’s b-minor Mass with the L.A. Bach

Festival, in Elijah with the Lark Society, and in Brahms’ Requiem with the

Orange County Choral Society. He has appeared as a soloist with Cypress

Masterworks in Verdi’s Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah. 

Tickets are $30 to $103 available by phone today 9 am to

5 pm at 866.776.8400. 

Tickets are also available at www.newwestsymphony.org,

24/7, and at each individual box office before the concerts if tickets remain. 

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