New West Symphony "Indescribable Beauty" Concert in Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks and Oxnard April 4, 6, 7


Hear Frédéric Chopin’s mesmerizing Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by International Chopin Piano Competition winner Yulianna Avdeeva, in her New West Symphony debut. Newly-appointed Music Director Michael Christie conducts the piece, along with Schumann's Fourth Symphony.

Chopin composed both of his piano concertos as calling cards for his move from his native Poland to Paris, meant solely to show off his virtuosity at the keyboard. Robert Schumann’s 4th Symphony is overflowing with German romanticism with great sweeps of melodic invention and pulsing rhythms. Schumann structured the four movements of the Symphony to be played without pause, linking them in a continuous whole.

Plus, Maestro Christie conducts a piece by Mason Bates, the same composer with whom he collaborated and won a Grammy for The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. Garages of the Valley is an homage to "The garages that dot the landscape of Silicon Valley," which “housed the visionaries behind Apple, Hewlett Packard, Intel, and Google."

Michael Christie, conductor
Yulianna Avdeeva, piano

Chopin | Piano Concerto No. 2
Bates | Garages of the Valley
Schumann | Symphony No. 4

Arrive early for Hear & Now Live! - an insightful and informative pre-concert talk, one hour before the concert! All ticket holders are welcome to attend.

Three performances:

Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 7:30 PM
The Broad Stage in Santa Monica (special performance!)

Saturday, April 6, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Sunday, April 7, 2019 | 3:00 PM
Oxnard Performing Arts Center


Michael Christie, conductor

Michael Christie is a thoughtfully innovative conductor, equally at home in the symphonic and opera worlds, who is focused on making the audience experience at his performances entertaining,