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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 CONTACT: JOHN BALDON
March 11, 2015                                                                (805) 497-5837
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Women of the Cal Lutheran University Choral Ensembles, Wyant Morton, Conductor
To Supply Vocal Forces for The Planets

New West Symphony music director Marcelo Lehninger will lead the orchestra in three performances of the fifth Masterpiece Series concert of the Symphony's 20th Anniversary season. In keeping with the season theme, Breaking New Sound, the program will feature the Symphony's first performance of the Concerto in D Minor for Violin & Orchestra, Opus 47 by Jean Sibelius. Violinist Jennifer Frautschi, in her New West Symphony debut, will be the soloist for the Concerto. Gustav Holst's musical traversal of the solar system, The Planets, will complete the program.  The Women of the Cal Lutheran University Choral Ensembles, Wyant Morton, conductor, will supply the voices for the final movement of the work.

The first performance will take place on Friday, March 27, 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, March 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks and on Sunday, March 29, 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
Born in Pasadena, California, Jennifer Frautschi began the violin at age three. She has studied with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles and also attended Harvard, the New England Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School. A two-time GRAMMY nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient, Ms. Frautschi has garnered worldwide acclaim as an adventurous musician with a remarkably wide-ranging repertoire. As the Chicago Tribune noted, "violinist Jennifer Frautschi is molding a career with smart interpretations of both warhorses and rarities." For a complete biography, Click Here

About the Music
Jean Sibelius composed his Violin Concerto in 1903 during a period in which he was plagued by ill health. Despite his many maladies, he put a great deal of energy into the Concerto even revising it after he was dissatisfied with it following the first performance. The reworked version was completed in 1905 and remains a staple in the repertoires of violin soloists today

Gustav Holst's interest in writing a piece of music on the attributes of the astrological signs was apparently spurred by his visit in the spring of 1913 with the writer and avid star-gazer Clifford Bax, who noted that Holst was himself "a skilled reader of horoscopes." The composition of The Planets occupied Holst for over three years. Jupiter, Venus and Mars were written in 1914; Saturn, Uranus and Neptune followed in 1915; and Mercury a year after that. For complete program notes, 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, tuition–free music and leadership program for underserved students.

New West Symphony
2013/2014 Masterpiece Series Concert No. 5

Friday, March 27, 2015  8:00 pm
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard

Saturday, March 28, 2015  8:00 pm
Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks

Sunday, March 29, 2015  4:00 pm
Barnum Hall, Santa Monica
601 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica

Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Lesley Leighton, soprano
Jennifer Frautshi, violin
Women of the Cal Lutheran University Choral Ensembles, Wyant Morton, conductor

Sibelius Concerto in D Minor for Violin & Orchestra, Opus 47
Holst The Planets