Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 CONTACT: JOHN BALDON
September 17, 2013                                                        (805) 497-5837
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Concert to include music of Bruch, Beethoven, Gershwin, Piazzolla & Ginastera

Acclaimed violinist Sarah Chang, in her New West Symphony debut, will open the Symphony's 2013/2014 Masterpiece Series season with three performances of Max Bruch's Concerto No. 1in G Minor for Violin & Orchestra, Opus 26.  New West Symphony music director Marcelo Lehninger will conduct three performances of this opening concert which also includes Ludwig van Beethoven's Overture to Egmont, Cuban Overture by George Gershwin, Two Tangos by Astor Piazzolla and Four Dances from Estancia byAlberto Ginastera.

The first performance will take place on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, located at 800 Hobson Way in Oxnard.  The program will be repeated on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks and on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm at Santa Monica's Barnum Hall, located at 601 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica.

The concert is sponsored by Micheline & Albert Sakharoff.

Tickets:  Tickets priced from $30 to $103 are available by phone, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday at 1-866-776-8400.  Tickets are also available in person at the New West Symphony office, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday and through the Symphony web site at, 24/7.   Tickets are also available at the respective concert hall box offices.

Hear & Now Live:  This lively and informative, pre-concert discussion about the music on the program begins at 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoon.  The programs are free and open to ticket holders for the respective performances. 

Sarah Chang was born in Philadelphia in 1980 and began violin studies with her father at the age of four. At age five she auditioned for The Juilliard School playing the Bruch G Minor Concerto and subsequently began her studies with Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School at the age of six.  Ms. Chang made her debut with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta at the age of eight. She began making debuts with major orchestras world-wide shortly after her New York debut and began her now 20 plus-years recording collaboration with EMI Classics when she was ten. In addition to her appearances with orchestras around the world, Sarah Chang also maintains a busy international recital career.  For a full biography of Sarah Chang, please Click Here

Marcelo Lehninger is beginning his second season as music director of the New West Symphony.  He has served for three years as an assistant conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was recently promoted to associate conductor for an additional two years.  The position of associate conductor was created specifically for him.  Maestro Lehninger also maintains a busy guest-conducting schedule throughout North America and in South America and Europe.  He recently conducted concerts with the Chautauqua (NY), Houston, Indianapolis and Louisville Symphonies. Upcoming guest appearances include concerts with the Baltimore, Boston, Florida, Omaha and Seattle Symphony Orchestras, as well as the São Paulo Symphony and Minas Gerais Philharmonic orchestras in Brazil, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester at the Philharmonie in Berlin. For a full biography of Marcelo Lehninger, please Click Here

About the New West Symphony:  Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is a professional orchestra that draws its players from the rich talent pool of professional Los Angeles-area musicians. Led by music director Marcelo Lehninger, the Symphony is the resident company of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.  It presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually, performing major works from the symphonic repertoire with internationally-acclaimed artists as guest soloists.  The Symphony also provides quality outreach and educational opportunities for the communities it serves through its annual Symphonic Adventures concert programs for youth, its traveling Music Van, and its partnership with New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County, an after-school program for underserved students.

New West Symphony
2013/2014 Masterpiece Series Concert No. 1
Friday, October 4, 2013  8:00 pm
Oxnard Performing Arts Cener
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard
Saturday, October 5, 2013  8:00 pm
Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks
Sunday, October 6, 2013  4:00 pm
Barnum Hall, Santa Monica
601 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica

Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Sarah Chang, violin

Beethoven Overture to Egmont
Bruch Concerto No. 1 in G Minor for Violin & Orchestra,
  Opus 26
Gershwin Cuban Overture
Pazzolla Two Tangos
Ginastera Four Dances from Estancia