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
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
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
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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