New West Symphony Opens 20th Anniversary With Concert Masterpiece Series Season ‘Breaking New Sound’

(The following is from a press release)


Pianist Gabriela Montero. Photo courtesy: New West Symphony

New West Symphony music director Marcelo Lehninger will lead the orchestra in the opening Masterpiece Series concert of the Symphony’s 20th anniversary season.

Internationally acclaimed pianist Gabriela Montero will make her New West Symphony debut in three performances of Edvard Grieg’s Concerto in A Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 16.  Soprano Indra Thomas will make her debut with the orchestra, singing the Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos. The program also includes John Corigliano’s Promenade Overture and the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.

The first performance will take place on Friday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, located at 800 Hobson Way in Oxnard.  The program will be repeated on Saturday, October 18, at 8 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks and on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m. at Santa Monica’s Barnum Hall, located at 601 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica. 

Tickets priced from $29 to $102 are available by phone, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 1-866-776-8400.  Tickets are also available in person at the New West Symphony office, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 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.

Indra Thomas October 17-19-2014

Soprano Indra Thomas, Photo courtesy: New West Symphony

About the Soloists

Pianist Gabriela Montero was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She gave her first public performance at the age of five.  At the age of eight she made her concerto debut in Caracas and was granted a scholarship from the Venezuelan government to study in the United States. Her professional career includes highly–acclaimed performances with all the major American orchestras as well as major orchestras in Europe. Ms. Montero is also widely applauded for her impressive improvisational skills which she demonstrates in encores after concerto and recital performances, inviting audiences to suggest themes for her improvisations.

Soprano Indra Thomashas made her mark nationwide and in Europe in the role of Aida. Other important appearances include Amelia in Un ballo in maschera with Teatro Real (Madrid), Wiener Staatsoper and the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; her New York Philharmonic debut in the Porgy and Bess Suite conducted by Lorin Maazel; Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Liu in Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera; her debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Aida; and Elisabeth in Don Carlos with Boston Lyric Opera and Minnesota Opera.

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