The New West Symphony is celebrating its 25th anniversary season with their new Grammy – winning Music Director Michael Christie, signed by New West Symphony in December 2018 after a three-year search.
Christie is responsible for the artistic vision of the New West Symphony, including new concert experiences, programming and community engagement. The highlights of the 25th anniversary include celebration of Beethoven's musical legacy as the world acknowledges the composer's 250th birthday anniversary. Another important concert program is called VIOLINS OF HOPE, educating audiences about the Holocaust through music as the musicians will perform on a collection of string instruments silenced by World War II. After painstaking restoration, the instruments were gifted a new life and sound, giving voice to a generation lost in the Holocaust. Christie will present a powerful program that restores hope, celebrates the strength of the human spirit and the power of music. The season ends with world renowned Sarah Chang, recognized as one of the foremost violinists of our time in a program featuring Brahms Violin Concerto.
New West Symphony presents 6 concerts in its 2019/2020 Masterpiece Series from October 2019 through May 2020. On Saturdays, the performances are at the newly remodeled Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Sunday matinées were recently moved to the Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center in Camarillo. The new $20 million, 27,500-square-foot venue features modern technology, great acoustics, comfortable seating, free parking, ADA compliance, and easy access.
New West Symphony serves as a growing hub for music appreciation and education sustained by robust financial support and community resources. Their 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala on December 6 will recognize a long-time patron Nancy Israel, a driving force in the growth of the organization since it was formed. Tickets for concerts and events are available at www.newwestsymphony.org or by calling 805.497.5880.
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