New West Symphony concertmaster Danielle Belen will be the soloist
for the third Masterpiece Series concert of the 2013/2014 season, which
will be held in Santa Monica on Sunday.
She will play Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane” for Violin and Orchestra and
Camille Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin and
Orchestra, Opus 28.
New West Symphony founding music director and conductor laureate
Boris Brott will lead three performances of the program that also
includes Paul Dukas’ “L’apprenti Sorcier” (“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”),
Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Symphony No. 2 in A Minor, Opus 55 and “Boléro”
by Maurice Ravel.
The first performance will take place today, Jan 24 at 8 pm at the
Oxnard Performing Arts Center, located at 800 Hobson Way in Oxnard.
The program will be repeated on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 pm at the
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard
in Thousand Oaks.
The third and final performances will be this Sunday, Jan. 26 at 4 pm
at Santa Monica’s Barnum Hall, located at 601 Pico Boulevard in Santa
Belen, winner of the 2008 Sphinx Competition, has appeared as a
soloist with symphonies across the U.S. including the Pittsburgh,
Atlanta, Nashville and San Francisco Symphonies, the Boston Pops, and
the Florida and Cleveland Orchestras.
A graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music and the Colburn
Conservatory in Los Angeles, Belen is now on faculty at the Colburn
The concert is sponsored by the New West Symphony League.
The lively and informative, pre-concert discussion known as “Hear
& Now Live” about the music will be held 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.
Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is a professional orchestra
that draws its players from the rich talent pool of professional Los
Led by music director Marcelo Lehninger, the Symphony is the resident
company of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Thousand Oaks Civic
Arts Plaza, and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.
It presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually, performing
major works from the symphonic repertoire with internationally-acclaimed
artists as guest soloists.
The Symphony also provides quality outreach and educational
opportunities for the communities it serves through its annual
“Symphonic Adventures” concert programs for youth, its traveling Music
Van, and its partnership with New West Symphony Harmony Project of
Ventura County, a year-round music and leadership program for
Tickets for this weekend’s performances are priced from $25 to $98
are available by phone, 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday at
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 newwestsymphony.org, 24/7.
Tickets are also available at the respective concert hall box offices.
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