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

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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.

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


Thousand Oaks Philharmonic OPUS 54 Concert on 4/26 in Camarillo, 4/28 in Thousand Oaks

The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic will feature 8 solo performances at its OPUS 54 concert on Friday April 26th at 7:30 PM at the United Methodist Church in Camarillo and Sunday April 28th at 2:30 PM at the Scherr Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center (TOPAC). Come hear young talented musicians perform solo violin and piano concerti by various composers including Mozart, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff as well as a bassoon concerto by G. Jacob. There will also be a special violin concerto for four violins by Vivaldi.

For ticket info visit or for Sunday’s performance call TOPAC (805)449-2775.

About Thousand Oaks Philharmonic
The "TO Phil" provides opportunities for young artists in Ventura County and surrounding areas to perform with a professional orchestra in front of a live audience as well as offer educational and culturally enriching experiences for the communities it serves.
The soloists for the Opus concerts are chosen each year from the Appassionata Educational program audition. To learn more about the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, visit or

2019 City of Westlake Village TGIF and Saturday Concert Series This Summer


Summer evenings in Westlake Village provide the perfect backdrop for a great entertainment series. The 14th Annual TGIF Westlake Village series offers families a series of free performances at the Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. Events start at 7pm, with food available for purchase from a variety of great food trucks at 6pm. The lineup:

May 31: Jazz Night Featuring the Lindero Canyon Middle and Agoura High School Jazz Bands. Food available for purchase from Grilled Cheese Truck and Kona Ice.

June 28: “Musical Theatre Classic Night" with 5-STAR THEATRICALS. Food available for purchase from Farm and Flame and Kona Ice. Come enjoy Broadway favorites and sing a long!

August 9: A "Dutch Newman and the Musical Melodians" 1920's, 30's, and 40's tunes. Food will be available for purchase from Cousin's Maine Lobster and Mister Softee. Come take a spin on the dance floor and feel free to dress up in timeless attire.


Saturday Concerts in the Park planned this summer at Berniece Bennett Park, 31800 Village Center Road:. Events start at 7pm with food available for purchase at 6pm (except July 27th movie night):

  • June 15: Platinum Groove Motown Soul Band

  • July 13: "Fantastic Diamond" Tribute to Neil Diamond

  • July 27: Outdoor screening of "Moana” with activities before the movie including Captain Carl's Mobile Tidepool (Activities begin at 6 p.m. film begins approximately at 8). Food available for purchase from Grilled Cheese Truck, Mister Softee and California Kettle Corn.

  • August 24: "Colour My World" Tribute to "Chicago"

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A limited number of chairs and tables are available on a first-come, first-seated basis at all TGIF Civic Center events. Food is available for sale from local restaurant vendors each week. Concerts start at 7pm.

More information and updates at

42nd Annual Ojai Art in the Park Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-26, 2019

This Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26, 2019 is the 42nd Annual “Art in the Park” at Libbey Park in central Ojai. The open-air juried art show is presented by the Ojai Center for the Arts, the oldest nonprofit art center in California.

Drawing over 80 artists from all over California, the Art Center accepts work in the following categories: oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, glass, wood, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fine jewelry, and mixed media. Cash prizes are awarded, but the weekend offers something more.

Plan ahead and don’t let this Memorial Day find you still looking for something to do. Instead, take part in an Ojai tradition under the canopy of Libbey Park’s century-old oak trees. Enjoy the beautiful casual surroundings and mingle with artists and patrons throughout the weekend. Show hours are 10am to 5pm. For further information, call (805) 646-0117 or visit .

I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival at Santa Barbara Mission May 25-27, 2019


Madonnari, or street painters, transform the Santa Barbara Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large scale images. The I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival on May 25-27, 2019 benefits the Children's Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office. The Project serves 50,000 children in more than 100 schools with visual and performing arts workshops and performances throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. 

Festival hours are 10-6 daily. Admission is free. More information at

Fairy Tales in the Park Throughout Ventura County in May to September 2019

Fairy Tales in the Park is a series of free, live theatrical performances geared towards children ages 3 to 10. John and Roxanne Diesel co-founded Gypsies in a Trunk, an all-volunteer troupe of actors performing free fairy tales for the young and young at heart. The troupe’s love of children’s theatre has led them to perform every May through September since 1995 throughout Ventura County.

The troupe's goal is to create an environment where families can introduce live theatre to their children in a casual setting at the right price – free! All Fairy Tales in the Park performances are held outdoors in a variety of venues and is always free of charge, though the players pass the hat to help cover costuming and travel costs, donations are always voluntary.

Most venues do not have shade, so sunscreen and hats are appropriate. Bring water, juice, snacks, picnics. Blankets and low-slung chairs are recommended. Please leave doggies at home (not that they don't love them). The shows are designed to run approximately 45 minutes, which coincides with the attention span of the target age group, 3-10 year olds.


  • Rapunzel Meets Spider-Man

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

  • Robyn Hood

  • Snow White in Neverland

  • The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure


Simi Valley (Shows at 4pm): Rancho Simi Community Park Amphitheatre, 1765 Royal Ave (except 8/3 performance at Rancho Tapo Community Park, 3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley)

  • 5/4: Rapunzel Meets Spiderman

  • 6/1: Jack and the Beanstalk

  • 7/6: Robyn Hood

  • 8/3: Snow White in Neverland

  • 9/7: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Westlake Village (Shows at 11:30am): Foxfield Park, 31965 Foxfield Dr. (Lakeview Canyon & Lindero)

  • 5/4: Rapunzel Meets Spiderman

  • 6/1: Jack and the Beanstalk

  • 7/6: Robyn Hood

  • 8/3: Snow White in Neverland

  • 9/7: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Camarillo (Shows at 11:30am): Valle Lindo Park, 889 Aileen St

  • 5/11: Rapunzel Meets Spiderman

  • 6/8: Jack and the Beanstalk

  • 7/13: Robyn Hood

  • 8/10: Snow White in Neverland

  • 9/14: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Ventura (Shows at 4pm): Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston. (Johnson & Ralston)

  • 5/11: Rapunzel Meets Spiderman

  • 6/8: Jack and the Beanstalk

  • 7/13: Robyn Hood

  • 8/10: Snow White in Neverland

  • 9/14: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Channel Islands Harbor (Shows at 2pm): Harbor View Park (Between Marine Emporium Landing & Port Royal Restaurant, near 3600 Harbor Blvd

  • 5/5: Rapunzel Meets Spiderman

  • 6/2: Jack and the Beanstalk

  • 7/7: Robyn Hood

  • 8/4: Snow White in Neverland

  • 9/1: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Visit for more information.