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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                CONTACT: JOHN BALDON
January 7, 2014                                                             (805) 497-5837
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RAVEL'S BOLÉRO TO BE FEATURED WORK on all-french program

Founding Music Director and Conductor Laureate Boris Brott to Lead Program

New West Symphony concertmaster Danielle Belen will be the soloist for the third Masterpiece Series concert of the 2013/2014 season.  She will play Maurice Ravel's Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra and Camille Saint-Saëns's Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 28.  New West Symphony founding music director and conductor laureate Boris Brott will lead three performances of the program that also includes Paul Dukas' L'apprenti Sorcier (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) , Camille Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 2 in A Minor, Opus 55 and Boléro by Maurice Ravel.

The first performance will take place on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, located at 800 Hobson Way in Oxnard.  The program will be repeated on Saturday, January 25, 2015 at 8:00 pm at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks and on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm at Santa Monica's Barnum Hall, located at 601 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica.

Tickets:  Tickets priced from $25 to $98 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. 

Danielle Belen, winner of the 2008 Sphinx Competition, has appeared as a soloist with symphonies across the U.S. including the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Nashville and San Francisco Symphonies, the Boston Pops, and the Florida and Cleveland Orchestras.  A graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music and the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, Ms. Belen is now on faculty at the Colburn School. For a full biography of Danielle Belen, please Click Here

Paul Dukas was a highly respected teacher and composer in Paris where he spent his entire life. The most enduring work of his small body of compositions is The Sorcerer's Apprentice which he based on Goethe's 1796 ballad Der Zauberlehrling. The work gained most of its fame after it was used in the Disney film Fantasia with Mickey Mouse as the apprentice.

Exoticism had a great appeal for Maurice Ravel as was evidenced in the exotic themes of many of his works including the influence of Eastern European Gypsy music on his Tzigane. Ravel wrote Boléro, his best known and most popular work, in 1928 at the suggestion of famed ballerina Ida Rubenstein. It received its American premiere in November of 1929 and became an instant hit.

Camille Saint-Saëns was a child prodigy who made his formal debut at age ten, was accepted at the Paris Conservatoire at age 13 and graduated at age 17  His Symphony No.  2 was completed in 1859 when he was just 24 years old.  The Introduction and Rondo capriccioso was composed in 1863 for the great Spanish virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate.

For complete program notes, 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, a year-round music and leadership program for underserved students.

New West Symphony
2013/2014 Masterpiece Series Concert No. 3
Friday, January 24, 2014  8:00 pm
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard
Saturday, January 25, 2014  8:00 pm
Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks
Sunday, January 26, 2014  4:00 pm
Barnum Hall, Santa Monica
601 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica

Boris Brott, conductor
Danielle Belen, violin

Dukas L'Apprenti Sorcier (The Sorcerer's Apprentice)
Ravel Tzigane for Violin & Orchestra
Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin & Orchestra, Opus 28
Saint-Saëns Symphony No.2 in A Minor, Opus 55
Ravel Boléro