New West Symphony Offers Free Tickets To Government Shutdown Workers

Saturday, 5 Oct 2013, 9:12:00 AM

Brenton Garen

New West Symphony music director/conductor Marcelo Lehninger and guest violinist Sarah Chang.
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New West Symphony music director/conductor Marcelo Lehninger and guest violinist Sarah Chang.

As the government shutdown continues, New West Symphony will offer

100 complimentary tickets to its concerts this weekend to those government

workers who have been furloughed or otherwise impacted by the shutdown.

“While politics divide, music unites and it is the job of cultural

institutions to do our part in reaching out to those in need," said Executive Director Natalia Staneva. "Music has

soothing qualities that can help those impacted escape reality for an

evening. It is our way to give back.”

New West Symphony opens the season this weekend featuring acclaimed

violinist Sarah Chang, in her New West Symphony debut with three

performances of Max Bruch’s Concerto No. 1 in G Minor for Violin &

Orchestra, Opus 26.

New West Symphony music director Marcelo Lehninger will conduct 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

Ginastera.

The first performance took place Friday at the Oxnard Performing Arts

Center. The program will be repeated tonight at 8 pm at the Thousand

Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in

Thousand Oaks.

The weekend's third and final performance will be held Sunday, Oct.

6, at 4 pm at Santa Monica’s Barnum Hall, located at 601 Pico Boulevard

in Santa Monica.

For tickets, call 866.776.8400 and mention “Government shutdown” to

get the tickets. Tickets are not available at the box offices.

For more information about the symphony, visit newwestsymphony.org.

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