New West Symphony Presents "Russian Troika" May 4-5 in Thousand Oaks and Oxnard

For New West Symphony’s season-closing concert, violin superstar Philippe Quint will take your breath away with the electrifying Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Plus, the Symphony performs the powerfully evocative score to Alexander Nevsky with mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven and the Los Robles Master Chorale.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Sunday, May 5, 2019 | 3:00 PM
Oxnard Performing Arts Center

Mikhail Agrest, guest conductor
Philippe Quint, violin
Taylor Raven, mezzo-soprano
Los Robles Master Chorale, Lesley Leighton, director

Borodin | Overture to Prince Igor
Tchaikovsky | Violin Concerto
Prokofiev | Alexander Nevsky

Tickets at newwestsymphony.org/cvg.

Philippe Quint, violin

Lauded by Daily Telegraph (UK) for his “searingly poetic lyricism” violinist Philippe Quint is carving an unconventional path with his impassioned musical desire for reimagining traditional works, rediscovering neglected repertoire to commissioning works by contemporary composers. His dedication to exploring different styles and genres with an award-winning discography has solidified him as one of the foremost violinists of today.

Philippe Quint plays the magnificent 1708 “Ruby” Antonio Stradivari violin on loan to him through the generous efforts of The Stradivari Society®.

His recordings have received multiple “Editor’s Choice” selections in Gramophone, The Strad, Strings, and the Daily Telegraph. His remarkable degree of lyricism, poetry and impeccable virtuosity has gripped the eyes and ears of audiences in Asia, Australia, Latin America, Africa, Europe and the U.S. with what The Times (London) describes as his “bravura technique, and unflagging energy.”

Born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now St. Petersburg, Russia), Philippe Quint studied at Moscow’s Special Music School for the Gifted with the famed Russian violinist Andrei Korsakov, and made his orchestral debut at the age of nine, performing Wieniawski’s Concerto No. 2. After moving to the United States, he earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Juilliard. His distinguished pedagogues and mentors included Dorothy Delay, Cho-Liang Lin, Masao Kawasaki, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Arnold Steinhardt and Felix Galimir.

Mikhail Agrest, guest conductor

Scion of the great Russian conducting tradition, Mikhail Agrest has honed his craft at the Mariinsky Theatre for over a decade, acquiring a considerable body of operatic and symphonic repertoire and gaining crucial insights into orchestra development and artistic leadership.  Simultaneously, he forged meaningful artistic relationships with a number of the world’s premiere ensembles.

The following passage from The Herald of Scotland offers a good summary of his reviews by the UK critics: “Agrest conducted a concert that progressed from intriguing to alluring to utterly gripping… the sheer musical tension was riveting. More of Mikhail Agrest, please.”

Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Mr. Agrest immigrated to the United States with his family as a teenager and received a degree in violin performance from the Indiana University (Bloomington).  He then followed his true passion back to St. Petersburg to study conducting from the legendary Ilya Musin, whose other alumni include Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, and Semyon Bychkov.

Taylor Raven, mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven is in her second-year of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera. This season, she sings Annio in La clemenza di Tito at Los Angeles Opera conducted by James Conlon, as well as Tebaldo in Don Carlo and the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel.

Ms. Raven was recently a Pittburgh Opera Resident Artist in the 2016-2017 season where she performed as Oronte in Handel’s Riccardo Primo and Hannah after in As One for its Pennsylvania premiere. In the summer of 2016, Ms. Raven performed in the Schwabacher Summer Concert with San Fransisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program. She recently performed the role of Marian Anderson in Deep River: Marian Anderson Journey with Virginia Opera. As a Young Artist with Central City Opera in 2015, Ms. Raven was seen in scenes of Carmen, Street Scene, and The Ballad of Baby Doe.

Los Robles Master Chorale, Lesley Leighton, director

Los Robles Master Chorale (LRMC), led by Artistic Director Lesley Leighton and lauded for its “robust choral tapestry” (Artillery), is one of Southern California’s premier choirs. Celebrating a rich legacy and hailed for its remarkable sound, striking versatility, and commitment to commissioning new choral works, the 100-voice Ventura County-based chorus harnesses the power of music to enrich people of all ages. With repertoire ranging from early music and great choral masterworks to folk, contemporary and world music, LRMC presents its own concert series each season and performs with leading music organizations across the Southland in such iconic venues as Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl and Royce Hall. The chorale has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New West Symphony and Ventura Symphony, among others.

Hiawatha 6.5 Mile, Half Marathon, Full Marathon Trail Races in Newbury Park on October 5, 2019

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The Hiawatha 6.5 mile, half marathon and full marathon trail races are planned for Saturday, October 5, 2019 in the Rancho Potrero Open Space in Newbury Park. Races start at 6:30 am.

Courses start at the Rancho Potrero Space Trailhead off of Lynn Road.

Learn more at www.socalultrarunning.com/hiawatha.html.

Bark in the Park at Conejo Creek Park North in Thousand Oaks on Saturday, May 4, 2019

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Bark in the Park is planned for Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 11am to 3pm at Conejo Creek Park North, 1379 E. Janss Road (behind the Thousand Oaks Library).

Special activities include a dog costume contest, as well as a big and littlest dog contest; small dog races, dog entertainers, celebrity dogs, a dog agility course, a dog cool off zone-water area, and at least 50 exhibits and vendors with dog-specific goods & services and apparel. There will also be lots of dogs who would love to find a new home on-hand.

The Grilled Cheese Truck, Hot Diggity Dog, and Kona Ice will be available for food purchase.

For more details, visit crpd.org/events/bark_in_the_park.asp or call 805.375.1003.

Red Cross Ventura County Operation Ride for the Red on May 18, 2019

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The American Red Cross of Ventura County, a leading humanitarian organization with nearly 600 volunteers, announces the kickoff of its third annual Operation: Ride for the Red cycling event. The ride will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019 and all proceeds will support the organization, which helps members of the military, veterans, and their families prepare for, cope with and respond to the challenges of military service. The 2019 event will be hosted by an Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Steve Hegg.

There will be three rides going through Ventura County, a century (100 miles) starting at 6:30 a.m., a metric century (about 62 miles) starting at 9:30 a.m. and a half metric century (30 miles) starting at 10:00 a.m. Each registered rider will receive a rider bag with several free items. All active and retired veterans will ride for free.

In order to sustain the cyclists through the ride, there will be a free breakfast prior to the start of each ride as well as eight rest stops along the routes that will have water, energy drinks and bars, and first aid available. Lunch and live entertainment will also be provided from noon to 3 p.m.

Event participants are also encouraged to reach out to friends, family and supporters to help raise additional funds for the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program.

“Each time we participate in Operation: Ride for the Red, I’m overjoyed by how the community comes together to support such a worthy cause,” said Ken Bauer, ride event director for Operation: Ride for the Red. “It’s such a fun way to bring the community together to raise support for the military, veterans and their families. We owe a big thanks to our sponsors for allowing the Red Cross to host this ride year after year.”

The Red Cross is able to help local military families thanks to the generosity of donors who support the SAF program. This year’s Operation: Ride for Red sponsors include California Resources Corporation (CRC), Wells Fargo, Premier America Credit Union, and Capital Insurance Group (CIG), in addition to many generous in-kind donors.

Operation: Ride for the Red was created by passionate, local volunteers eager to share the story and history of the Red Cross SAF program. Since 9/11, the Red Cross has served more than one million military families, and it is the only military service organization that supports military families from the day they enlist through their time as a veteran. 

Register to ride, make a donation, or learn more about sponsorship opportunities at www.redcross.org/local/california/central-california/about-us/news-and-events/events/operation-ride-for-the-red.html

About The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/local/california/central.

Malibu Cars and Coffee Event on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of Each Month

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The City of Malibu, in conjunction with RM Sotheby’s, invites you to Malibu Cars and Coffee. Southern California's top car enthusiasts will enjoy a beautiful drive down the coast to meet at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, from 7am to 9am.

Enjoy a cup of coffee at "Malibu Cars and Coffee" while admiring some of the world's finest automobiles at an unbeatable location with gorgeous views of Malibu's coastline. Cars will arrive and be available for viewing at 7 am. Visit www.malibucarsandcoffee.com for more information.

Inclement weather can cancel event.

2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.

Upcoming dates:  April 14, 28, May 12

25th Annual Westlake Village Rotary Community Street Festival on Sunday, April 28, 2019

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The Rotary Club of Westlake Village invites you to its annual Community Street Festival on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 4600 Lakeview Canyon Road (between Agoura Road and Watergate Road)  from 10 am to 4 pm.

There will be musical entertainment, over 100 vendors, kids' activities, food trucks, classic car display, special pet zone, local breweries and more.

Visit rotarywlv.org for more information.

Tiny Porch Concerts at Peter Strauss Ranch May to September 2019

In cooperation with the National Park Service, Tiny Porch Concerts will be presenting “Summer Concerts at Peter Strauss Ranch.”  Set among the giant oak trees in Agoura Hills Canyon, the historic ranch is the venue for five, free concerts, running monthly from May through September. Music starts at 5pm, except the Sept 7th show that starts at 6pm. Limited seating available.

The concerts will feature double-bill performances at each event, as follows:

May 12: Leftover Cuties, with special guest Honey Whiskey Trio

June 2: I See Hawks in L.A. with special guest Ryanhood

July 7: The Lonely Heartstring Band, with special guest Sparky & the Ancient Mariner

Aug 4: Alice Wallace with special guest Tanbark

Sept 7: Goodnight, Texas, with special guest The Deltaz (music starts at 6pm)

The Peter Strauss Ranch is easily accessible, nestled in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains off Mulholland Highway in Agoura Hills. There is limited free parking, so carpooling or using Uber  or Lyft is recommended.  Concert goers will be encouraged to bring their own blankets or low-back chairs, picnic during the concerts, and explore the ranch.   

VIP ticket holders have reserved seating areas and chairs within the quaint amphitheater.  Individual show VIP tickets and season passes for all five concerts are available. General admission is free, however, to help support the National Park Service and performers, guests will be asked for donations. 

For additional information on performers, sponsorships and VIP Tickets, go to tinyporchconcerts.com.