Press Release

New West Symphony

Ross Goldberg FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2017




New West Symphony to Present Special Family Concert March 5 in Thousand Oaks


Presented in Collaboration with Carnegie Hall's LINK UP Program, "The Orchestra Rocks" Designed to Introduce Children to the Joys of Classical Music


(THOUSAND OAKS) – February 22, 2017 -- The New West Symphony will be presenting a special afternoon family concert, “The Orchestras Rock,” on March 5 at the Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.  The concert is being conducted in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s LINK UP Program which emphasizes rhythm and involves participation by third, fourth and fifth grade students.


The Orchestra Rocks family concert is designed to introduce children to the joys of classical music from both a listening and participating perspective.   The New West Symphony and Carnegie Hall have provided course materials for 5,200 students, and have partnered with 200 teachers in 16 Ventura County school districts to provide music instruction. Students have been preparing to clap/stomp, sing or play along with the professional New West Symphony orchestra.


 The works to be performed on March 5 include Thomas Cabaniss’ Come to Play, Giuseppe Verdi’s Anvil Chorus from Il trovatore, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Finale from Symphony No. 4, Igor Stravinsky’s Dance of the Adolescents from The Rite of Spring, Carl Orff’s O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, Gustave Holst’s Mars and Jupiter from The Planets, and Thomas Cabaniss’ Drumlines.      


Joining the New West Symphony orchestra for the program will be the Los Robles Children’s Choir, violin soloist Kevin Miura from Colburn School, and New West Symphony’s Harmony Project of Ventura County musicians.   


The family concert will begin at 2pm.  Immediately prior, the New West Symphony Music Van, a musical ‘petting zoo,’ will be open on the Kavli Patio where young and old can experiment with playing orchestra instruments.


Tickets for the March 5 concert are $15 for children and $25 for adults and are available at or by calling (866) 776-8400.    


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. 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. It 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 New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura. More information is available at or follow us on Facebook at



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