New West Symphony "Northern Lights" Concert March 2-3 in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard

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Northern Lights

Sir Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto was his final major work. Written in 1919 at the end of World War I, the Concerto was Elgar’s lament for a lost world following the devastation of the war. Julie Albers, principal cello of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, makes her New West Symphony debut with this most eloquent and passionate work. The 1st Symphony of Jean Sibelius was an immediate success following its premiere in 1900. Full of sweeping melodic invention, rhythmic vitality and imbued with the aura of his Finnish homeland, the symphony launched Sibelius’s career on the international stage.

Performances at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7:30pm and the Oxnard Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3pm. Buy tickets at www.newwestsymphony.org/cvg.

Andrew Constantine, guest conductor
Julie Albers, cello

Elgar | Sospiri
Elgar | Cello Concerto in E minor
Sibelius | Symphony No. 1

Julie Albers, cello

American cellist Julie Albers is recognized for her superlative artistry, her charismatic and radiant performing style, and her intense musicianship. She was born into a musical family in Longmont, Colorado and began violin studies at the age of two with her mother, switching to cello at four. She moved to Cleveland during her junior year of high school to pursue studies through the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Aaron. Miss Albers soon was awarded the Grand Prize at the XIII International Competition for Young Musicians in Douai, France, and as a result toured France as soloist with Orchestre Symphonique de Douai.

Andrew Constantine, guest conductor

Andrew Constantine serves as Music Director of both the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Reading Symphony Orchestra.

Having gained a reputation in Europe and the UK as a conductor of great skill, charisma, energy and versatility, Andrew Constantine moved to the US in 2004 to become Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Within his first season there he was promoted to Associate Conductor.

In the US he has won great praise for his ability to communicate with audiences and his energetic and compelling advocacy for classical music have gained him many admirers. In May of 2007, following a two year search and a pool of over 280 applicants, he was appointed Music Director of the Reading Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania. In July of 2009, after a similar process, he was also appointed Music Director of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in Indiana.

New West Symphony "The Romantics" Concert in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, February 9, 10

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Treat your valentine to a magical night of Romantic classics with New West Symphony. Beethoven’s first piano concerto will bring you close, performed by Rodolfo Leone, winner of the 2017 International Beethoven Piano Competition. Brahms’ First Symphony, evoking idyllic music of shepherds, will make you fall in love. And world-premiere pieces by local composer Pauline Frechette, will warm your heart.

Concert Dates:

Saturday, February 9, 2019 7:30PM Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Sunday, February 10, 2019 3PM Oxnard Performing Arts Center

Tickets at newwestsymphony.org/cvg .

Fawzi Haimor, guest conductor

Rodolfo Leone, piano

Pauline Frechette, composer

Frechette The Sacred Mountains of Ojai (World Premiere)

Frechette | Reflections (Song for Michael)*

Beethoven | Piano Concerto No. 1

Brahms | Symphony No. 1

Rodolfo Leone - Piano

Twenty-seven-year-old Italian born pianist Rodolfo Leone is the First Prize Winner of the 15th International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna (2017). Described as “a true sound philosopher” (Oberösterreichische Nachrichten), Rodolfo released his debut album on the Austrian label Gramola in May 2018. The all-Beethoven disc features two pillars of the piano repertoire: the “Hammerklavier” Sonata and the “Waldstein” Sonata. His playing has been described as having “impeccable style” and “absolute technical control” with “hands that every pianist would like to have” (Il Nuovo Amico).

Fawzi Haimor - Guest conductor

Haimor was born in Chicago in 1983 and educated in the Middle East and in San Francisco. He completed his violin training at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University, and studied conducting under David Effron and Arthur Fagen. He earned bachelor’s degrees in both music and neurobiology, a master’s degree in conducting from the University of California-Davis, and second master’s in instrumental conducting at Indiana University. He was previously Assistant Conductor at Alabama Symphony Orchestra, where he was also the first Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. Until 2015, he was Assistant Conductor and Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he led a variety of concerts including classical, pops and outreach. While in Pittsburgh, he also served as a cover to esteemed conductors including Manfred Honeck, Leonard Slatkin, Gianandrea Noseda, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Yan Pascal Tortelier.

Pauline Frechette - Composer

Pauline Frechette, aka Raven Kane, is an accomplished musician/composer/performer. An award-winning singer/songwriter, Pauline has performed and recorded with many legendary artists including: Paul McCartney, Cher, Willie Nelson, Leonard Cohen, Diana Ross, duets with Neil Diamond, and with MUSE for the 2012 Olympics. She has performed on film scores including Rent and Aladdin. As a composer her work has been performed by the Goodspeed Opera House, The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, The Baltimore Symphony and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for 17,000 people. Her current album, Colors of My Heart, has over 4 million listeners. It debuted on the Billboard Top Ten Classical and jazz charts, is entered for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition and is being played in over 50 countries in stores and restaurants as well as on FM radio stations all over the world.

Holiday Jazz Concerts and Light Show at Janss Marketplace Thousand Oaks December 13-16

Holiday Jazz Concerts and Paintscaping Light Show at the Burlington Court at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks on Thursday through Sunday, December 13-16, 2018 from 6-8pm.

The lineup:

  • 12/13: Alex Nester Trio

  • 12/14: Rene Myara 4-piece band

  • 12/15: Rene Myara 4-piece band

  • 12/16: Alex Nester Trio

Complimentary hot cocoa served during the event while supplies last.

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Christmas Concert in the Park, The Nativity, in Camarillo on Sunday, December 9th

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Come celebrate the Christmas season with Camarillo’s first ever Christmas Concert in the Park, The Nativity! This event will feature over 300 performers of all ages including professional soloists, violinists, bagpipes, a jazz band, a drum line and choirs made up of children, youth and adults. Admission is free. Bundle up, bring your chairs and blankets, and share the joy of Christmas at this magical 1 hour event.

Event to take place on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 7pm, Constitution Park 1437 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo. More information at camarillonativity.org

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/1047373412110856


Los Robles Master Chorale to Perform Two Holiday Concerts December 1 and 8

The Los Robles Master Chorale will sing in the season with two holiday concerts.

Handel’s Messiah will be performed by a 40-voice ensemble on Saturday, December 1 at 4:00 p.m. with organ, continuo and cello accompaniment. This magnificent, ever-popular Baroque masterpiece is one of the most-performed classical works of all time. The performance will take place within the intimate setting and warm acoustics of The Church of the Epiphany, 5450 Churchwood Drive in Oak Park. Tickets priced at $30 are available at www.eventbrite.com/e/los-robles-master-chorale-presents-handels-messiah-tickets-51130626079 or at the door.

A Joyful Noise! family-friendly holiday concert will be presented by the full 110-voice chorale on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 4:00 p.m. Geared to all audiences of all ages, it will feature traditional seasonal gems. The performance will take place on the Main Stage of the Performing Arts and Education Center on the campus of Calabasas High School, 22855 Mulholland Highway. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students, and may be purchased at losroblesmasterchorale.org/2018-19-season/ or at the door.

For further information on both concerts visit losroblesmasterchorale.org or call 805-526-SING (7464).

CANCELLED - TO BE RESCHEDULED New West Symphony Presents "The Romantics" in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, November 17, 18

Music heals. And there will be a time for that. 

Right now is the time for families to embrace and for our community to try to comprehend the devastation that has befallen us.
 
In respect for everyone affected by the events of the past week, our November 17 and 18 concerts in Thousand Oaks and Oxnard are being rescheduled for future dates.
 
Watch for further details regarding new dates, arrangements for ticket holders, and how the New West Symphony will honor our community’s love and resiliency at future concerts.

The New West Symphony presents its November program, “The Romantics,” on Saturday, November 17th at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and Sunday, November 18th, at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center.

The Romantics Music Director Candidate Fawzi Haimor leads a program of three works from the romantic era, featuring the talents of Cleveland International Piano Competition Gold Medalist, Martina Filjak, in her New West Symphony debut. It also marks the Symphony’s first performance of American composer Edward MacDowell’s virtuosic, Liszt-inspired Piano Concerto No. 2. Closing the program is Johannes Brahms’ majestic First Symphony, which took Brahms 14 years to complete, and which, with its soaring final movement chorale, has often been called the Beethoven 10th.

Weber | Overture to Der Freischütz
MacDowell | Piano Concerto No. 2
Brahms | Symphony No. 1

Tickets available at www.newwestsymphony.org/the-romantics for the 7:30 p.m. show on the 17th in Thousand Oaks and the 3 p.m. show on the 18th in Oxnard.

One of the most exciting young artists to emerge in recent years, Martina Filjak is garnering international praise for her poetic passion and technical mastery at the keyboard as well as for her charismatic personality and magnetic stage presence.

Martina Filjak came to international attention by winning the Gold Medal, the 1st prize and the Beethoven prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2009, which brought her numerous engagements in the United States and internationally. Prior to that, she won 1st prizes at the Maria Canals Piano Competition (Barcelona) and the Viotti Piano Competition (Vercelli), and was a laureate at the Busoni Piano Competition.

In recent years, Ms Filjak has performed with esteemed orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, the Strasbourg Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony, Bilbao Symphony and the Granada Symphony; the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, the Staatskapelle Weimar; the Israel Chamber Orchestra as well as the Orchestre Symphonique de Nancy. She has been heard in major international venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, l’Auditori and Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Sala Verdi in Milan, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, NDR Hall in Hannover, Residenz in Munich, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid.

Her most recent conductor collaborations include JoAnn Falletta, Michael Schonwandt, Christoph Poppen, Hans Graf, Sebastian Lang–Lessing, Josep Caballe-Domenech, Tito Munoz, Christopher Warren-Green and Stefan Sanderling.

The artist’s extensive repertoire ranges from Bach to Berio and encompasses more than 30 piano concertos. She is dedicated to continuous exploring of piano literature and various concert formats. Performing with orchestra takes the biggest part of her time and she frequently states that she enjoys the interaction and the exchange of energy between so many musicians on the stage. An avid chamber musician, she frequently takes part in chamber music festivals, and has participated in the recording of Schumann’s Andante and Variations with cellists Jan Vogler and Christian Poltera, released on Sony Classical (August 2013). Her recording of Sonatas by Padre Antonio Soler was released in 2011 on the Naxos label.

During the 2014-2015 season, Miss Filjak appeared in Brazil and Japan and performed with the Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra and Alan Buribayev, the Slovenian Philharmonic and Marcelo Lehninger, the Sinfonieorchester Aachen and Kazem Abdullah, the Zagreb Philharmonic and Hans Graf. She debuted with the Orchestra Sinfonica La Verdi in Milano as well as at Milan’s Serate Musicali. Performances in 2015-16 featured her with the Staatskapelle Halle and Josep Caballe Domenech, the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra and Markus Poschner, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and Stefan Sanderling, the Phoenix Symphony and Tito Munoz the San Antonio Symphony and Karina Canellakis, the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Donato Cabrera, and the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and David Danzmayr in performances of concerti by Beethoven, Ravel, Brahms, Saint-Saens and Rachmaninov.

Martina speaks seven languages. Fortunately, for an active performer, she loves to travel.

Fawzi Haimor has worked with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, WDR Funkhausorchester Köln, Orquesta Sinfonica do Porto, Oulu Sinfonia and Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. In the US, Haimor conducted orchestras such as The Florida Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, New West Symphony and New Mexico Philharmonic. He also made an acclaimed debut with the Grant Park Symphony in July 2017. Further afield, he collaborated with Qatar Philharmonic, Kyoto Symphony and the New Zealand Symphony.

Upcoming guest appearances include a return to the Louisiana Philharmonic, and debuts with orchestras including Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken, Philharmonie Zuidnederland and Bilkent Symphony Orchestra.

Haimor’s broad repertoire includes a focus on the late romantic Germanic works, 19th and 20th century Russian and American composers, plus he is a committed advocate of contemporary music and has performed premieres by composers such as Mason Bates and Kareem Roustom. An eloquent and compelling speaker from the podium, he equally excels in outreach and education projects.

Haimor was born in Chicago in 1983 and educated in the Middle East and in San Francisco. He completed his violin training at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University, and studied conducting under David Effron and Arthur Fagen. He earned bachelor’s degrees in both music and neurobiology, a master’s degree in conducting from the University of California-Davis, and second master’s in instrumental conducting at Indiana University. He was previously Assistant Conductor at Alabama Symphony Orchestra, where he was also the first Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. Until 2015, he was Assistant Conductor and Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he led a variety of concerts including classical, pops and outreach. While in Pittsburgh, he also served as a cover to esteemed conductors including Manfred Honeck, Leonard Slatkin, Gianandrea Noseda, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Yan Pascal Tortelier.

Concert in the Park at Oak Canyon Community Park in Oak Park on July 28, 2018

Join in an evening of free entertainment and listen to Fan Halen (Van Halen tribute band) on July 28, 2018 at Oak Canyon Community Park, 5600 Hollytree Drive, Oak Park at 6:30pm.

Great food vendors available for purchase and free shuttle available at the entrance to the park as well as Oak Park High School. Bring blankets and chairs. 

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