New West Symphony : Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Santa Monica : Pre Concert Talk

Hear & Now Live!

Hear & Now Live!

Prior to each Masterpiece Series performance, ticket holders for that performance can enhance their musical experience by attending Hear & Now Live, the lively and scintillating discussions about the evening's music and guest artist. These programs are led by noted musicians and musicologist and frequently include members of the New West Symphony. The free, thirty-minute discussions take place in the concert halls one hour prior to the performances.

2017/2018 Speakers

David Ravetch, Thousand Oaks & Oxnard

David Ravetc

David Ravetch has been a UCLA Anderson School of Management faculty member for over 30 years and is well recognized for his love of teaching and passion for music. David Ravetch plays the piano, guitar, and clarinet, and has composed musicals for children and about the accounting profession. His passion for the classics has led to him to create a series of one-hour lectures showing how well-known classical themes are used in film, television, pop music and Broadway music. During the 2015-2016 season he participated in the Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts Celebrity Series where he presented his lecture “Classical Music is Everywhere.”


Alan Chapman, Santa Monica

Alan Chapman

Alan Chapman is a popular radio host for Classical KUSC, composer/lyricist, pianist and educator. He was a longtime member of the music faculty at Occidental College and is currently a member of the music theory faculty of the Colburn Conservatory. Dr. Chapman's songs have been performed and recorded by many artists around the world and have been honored by ASCAP, the Johnny Mercer Foundation, and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets.