Press Release


January 8, 2015 (805) 497-5837
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Founding Music Director and Conductor Laureate Boris Brott Will Lead Program

The New West Symphony's principal viola Lauren Chipman will make her solo debut with the orchestra on the third Masterpiece Series concert of the Symphony's 20th Anniversary Season. Her debut will feature the world premiere of Garson Concerto for Viola, Jazz Trio & Orchestra Based on a Theme by Paganini. The Concerto was commissioned for her by the New West Symphony from noted composer and pianist Mike Garson, who will also sit in as pianist in the jazz trio. Founding music director and conductor laureate Boris Brott will lead three performances of the Italian flavored program that also includes Gioachino Rossini's popular Overture to William Tell, the colorful Capriccio italien by Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky and Ottorino Respighi's picturesque Pines of Rome.

The first performance will take place on Friday, January 23, 2015 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 24, 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 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm at Santa Monica's Barnum Hall, located at 601 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica.

Tickets:  Tickets priced from $29 to $102 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. 

About the Soloist
Lauren Chipman joined the viola section of the New West Symphony in the 2002/2003 season and was appointed principal viola during the 2011/2012 season. As a crossover artist, Lauren Chipman is equally at home on a Hollywood sound stage, performing with The Section Quartet or writing for and performing with the indie band The Rentals. She has appeared on the Grammys, American Music Awards, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, The Voice and The Tonight Show.
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About the Music
William Tell, Rossini's final work for the stage, was based on a play of the same name by Schiller. Although the opera itself has not achieved the same popularity as some of his earlier works, the Overture remains a popular favorite and one of his most often heard overtures.

Mike Garson gained early and lasting fame as keyboardist with David Bowie, with whom he has recorded and toured internationally since 1971, but he has also enjoyed a brilliant multi-faceted career as a solo artist, composer, arranger, producer and teacher. Garson, born in New York in 1945, started playing piano at age seven and went on to study composition with Leonard Eisner of The Juilliard School and earn degrees in music and education from Brooklyn College. He has composed over 4,000 pieces in various genres over his career. The Garson Concerto for Viola, Jazz Trio & Orchestra Based on a Theme by Paganini, is one of his continuing series of works based on Paganini's 24th Caprice.

While on a sojourn to Rome in 1880 during Carnival, Tchaikovsky heard some local street songs and decided to write an orchestral piece that would incorporate them. As an introduction to the work, he used a bugle call sounded every evening from the barracks of the Royal Italian Cuirassiers, which was adjacent to the Hotel Costanzi where he was staying. The work was finished in the summer and had its premiere in December of that year.

Ottorino Respighi, born in 1879 into the family of a piano teacher in Bologna, was introduced to music by his father and progressed so rapidly that he began his professional training in violin, piano and composition at age thirteen at the city's respected Liceo Musicale. The Pines of Rome is the second work of Respighi's trilogy on Roman subjects. The first was The Fountains of Rome of 1916; the last, Roman Festivals, dates from 1928. These compositions depict various aspects of the city through Respighi's musical impressions.   
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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
2014/2015 Masterpiece Series Concert No. 3

Friday, January 23, 2015  8:00 pm
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard

Saturday, January 24, 2015  8:00 pm
Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks

Sunday, January 25, 2015  4:00 pm
Barnum Hall, Santa Monica
601 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica

Boris Brott, conductor
Lauren Chipman, viola

Rossini Overture to William Tell
Garson Garson Concerto for Viola, Jazz Trio & Orchestra Based on a Theme by Paganini  New West Symphony Commission/World Premiere
Tchaikovsky Capriccio italien, Opus 45
Respighi Pines of Rome