Acclaimed violinist Sarah Chang, in her New West Symphony debut, will
open the Symphony’s 2013/2014 Masterpiece Series season this weekend
with three performances of Max Bruch’s Concerto No. 1 in G Minor for
Violin & Orchestra, Opus 26.
Santa Monica will be able to enjoy the performance Sunday at 4 pm at
Barnum Hall on the campus of Santa Monica High School. Additional
performances will be held Friday 8 pm in Oxnard and Saturday 8 pm in
New West Symphony music director Marcelo Lehninger will conduct the
three performances of this opening concert which also includes Ludwig
van Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont, Cuban Overture by George Gershwin,
Two Tangos by Astor Piazzolla and Four Dances from Estancia by Alberto
Chang was born in Philadelphia in 1980 and began violin studies with her father at the age of four.
At age five she auditioned for The Juilliard School playing the Bruch
G Minor Concerto and subsequently began her studies with Dorothy DeLay
at The Juilliard School at the age of six.
Chang made her debut with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta at the age of eight.
She began making debuts with major orchestras world-wide shortly
after her New York debut and began her now 20 plus-years recording
collaboration with EMI Classics when she was 10.
In addition to her appearances with orchestras around the world, Chang also maintains a busy international recital career.
Meanwhile, Lehninger is beginning his second season as music director of New West Symphony.
He has served for three years as an assistant conductor with the
Boston Symphony Orchestra and was recently promoted to associate
conductor for an additional two years.
The position of associate conductor was created specifically for him.
Maestro Lehninger also maintains a busy guest-conducting schedule
throughout North America and in South America and Europe.
He recently conducted concerts with the Chautauqua (NY), Houston,
Indianapolis and Louisville Symphonies. Upcoming guest appearances
include concerts with the Baltimore, Boston, Florida, Omaha and Seattle
Symphony Orchestras, as well as the São Paulo Symphony and Minas Gerais
Philharmonic orchestras in Brazil, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the
Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela and the Deutsches
Symphonie Orchester at the Philharmonie in Berlin.
The Symphony will again host “Hear & Now Live” before each
performance. This lively and informative pre-concert discussion about
the music on the program begins at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings
and 3 pm on Sunday afternoon. The discussions are free and open to
ticket holders for the respective performances.
The Symphony’s first performance will take place tonight at the
Oxnard Performing Arts Center, located at 800 Hobson Way in Oxnard. The
program will be repeated on Saturday at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts
Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.
Tickets are priced from $30 to $103 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 www.newwestsymphony.org, 24/7. Tickets are also available at the respective concert hall box offices.
New West Symphony Executive Director Natalia Staneva announced
Wednesday that 100 complimentary tickets to this weekend’s concert would be
given to those who have been furloughed or otherwise impacted by the
government shutdown. Call 866.776.8400 and mention “Government shutdown”
to get the tickets.These free tickets are not available at the box offices.
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