Press Release

New West Symphony

Emma Pell FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2017
(805) 435-2778




Smokey Robinson Being Honored by New West Symphony at Fundraising Gala


(SANTA MONICA, Calif. – January 11, 2017) —Legendary R&B singer Smokey Robinson and his wife Frances will be honored by the New West Symphony at the “Being with You” Gala on January 29 at Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica. Prior to the Gala, Mr. Robinson will be performing with the New West Symphony at Barnum Hall, narrating “A Lincoln Portrait” by Aaron Copland.


Former members of “The Supremes,” Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence, and the former member of “Tony Orlando and Dawn,” Joyce Vincent, will be honoring Frances and Smokey Robinson by performing a “Tribute to Smokey” at the Gala. The Robinsons will be honored for their extraordinary leadership in the entertainment industry, philanthropy and commitment to the performing arts. Proceeds from the event will support the New West Symphony’s orchestra and its community outreach and education efforts.


Sunday January 29, 2017

4:00pm:  New West Symphony Performs “A Lincoln Portrait” 

Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High School
601 Pico Blvd.,

Santa Monica, CA 90405


6:00pm: “Being With You” Gala

Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica

530 Pico Blvd

Santa Monica, CA 90405


Tickets are $300 per person and include the concert performance and the gala, and can be purchased online at or at (866) 435-2779.


About Smokey Robinson

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, GRAMMY Award® winner Smokey Robinson founded "The Miracles" and penned hits including "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" and "Tears of a Clown." Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as American's "greatest living poet," this acclaimed singer-songwriter's career spans over 4 decades of hits. During the course of his 50-year career in music, Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs and continues to thrill sold-out audiences around the Smokey Robinson remains a beloved icon in our musical heritage and has received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award and the President’s National Medal of Arts Award. He has also been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. In November, he received "The Gershwin Prize for Popular Music," awarded by the Library of Congress.