The New West Symphony presents its January program, “Rhythmic Traditions,” on Saturday, January 26th at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and Sunday, January 27th at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s classically elegant Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish,” earned its nickname due to a suddenly “exotic” sounding interjection in the final movement. Award-winning violinist, Karen Gomyo makes her New West Symphony debut with this most popular of Mozart’s violin concertos. Ludwig van Beethoven’s propulsive and exuberant 7th Symphony brims with joyful, dancelike movements and rhythmic vitality. Richard Wagner called it the “apotheosis of dance.” Beethoven himself called it “one of the happiest products of my poor talents.” A New West Symphony commissioned work from House of Cards composer Jeff Beal will receive its world premiere.
Ankush Kumar Bahl, guest conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin
Beal | The Great Circle (World Premiere Commission)
Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish”
Beethoven | Symphony No. 7
Tickets available at newwestsymphony.org/2018-2019-masterpiece-series/rhythmic-traditions for the 7:30 p.m. show on the 17th in Thousand Oaks and the 3 p.m. show on the 18th in Oxnard.
Born in Tokyo and having grown up in Montréal and New York, violinist Karen Gomyo has recently made Berlin her home.
A musician of the highest caliber, the Chicago Tribune praised her as “…a first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity…”.
Already strongly established in North America, Karen regularly performs with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa (NACO), National Symphony in Washington, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony among others.
Ankush Kumar Bahl
Hailed by the New York Times as an "energetic" conductor who leads with "clear authority and enthusiasm," Ankush Kumar Bahl is recognized today as a conductor with impressive technique, thoughtful interpretations, and an engaging podium presence. Recent and upcoming appearances, including re-engagements, are with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, London Symphonia, Orchestre National de France, the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C.
Jeff Beal is an American composer of music for film, media, and the concert hall. With musical beginnings as a jazz trumpeter and recording artist, his works are infused with an understanding of rhythm and spontaneity. Steven Schneider for the New York Times wrote of “the richness of Beal’s musical thinking…his compositions often capture the liveliness and unpredictability of the best improvisation.” Beal’s seven solo CDs, including Three Graces, Contemplations (Triloka) Red Shift (Koch Jazz), and Liberation (Island Records) established him as a respected recording artist and composer.
Beal’s eclectic music has been singled out with critical acclaim and recognition. His score and theme for Netflix drama, House of Cards, has received four prime time Emmy Award nominations & one statue. Regarding his compelling score for the documentary, Blackfish, the late film critic Roger Ebert wrote of Beal’s ability to “invoke many genres; thriller, mystery, melodrama.” Another lauded documentary, The Queen of Versailles, opened the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune wrote that, “scored wittily by composer Jeff Beal, the film glides along on Beal’s waltz theme, a theme full of elegance and class and a discordant hint of storm clouds.”