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.
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.”
Thomas Neenan is a lecturer in Music History and Music Theory at the California Institute of Technology where he teaches a full range of music theory and music history courses. Thomas Neenan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organ Performance from Cal State Northridge and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Organ Performance practices and Conducting from UCLA. He also serves as the Director of Music at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church where he is the Music Director and Conductor of The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s and its subscription series, Music at St. Matthew’s.