Press Release

New West Symphony

John Baldon FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 13, 2016
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2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko to Make New West Symphony Debut




Music Director Candidate Philip Mann to lead the program


Vadym Kholodenko, the gold medal winner of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will make his New West Symphony debut playing Sergei Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Opus 18. The world premiere Adam Schoenberg’s Go, written on a commission from the New West Symphony and Igor Stravinsky’s 1919 Suite from The Firebird complete the program.


Philip Mann, the second of six music director candidates appearing this season, will lead the orchestra in two performances of the program. The first performance takes place on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center located at 800 Hobson Way in Oxnard. The program will be repeated on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. Philip Mann last appeared with the New West Symphony during the 2011/2012 season.


Speaking about the program, Mr. Mann said, "I'm particularly excited about rekindling a musical relationship with the fantastic New West Symphony, especially with our prior collaboration still fresh in mind as something which burned with a special intensity and rare chemistry.


"It is always a special pleasure to offer a program of such appeal, depth, and indeed spectacle. All three works offer a feast of orchestral pyrotechnics, with a color palette as nuanced and groundbreaking as cinematic technicolor. There is a sense of newness and innovation, that borders on danger in all three of these works, but there is also gobsmacking beauty. My vision for this juxtaposition of music offers an experience designed to both amaze a first-time listener and delight a long time devotee.

"I am looking forward with great anticipation to sharing the stage with Vadym Kholodenko, one of our art form's rising stars and a musician of uncommon sensitivity and depth.  A world premiere is also always an important and special event, and can remind ourselves that a living art full of constant creation allows us to hear familiar favorites freshly anew."


Tickets:  Tickets priced from $34 to $124 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 24/7 at  Tickets are also available at the respective concert hall box offices.


Hear & Now Live:  These lively and informative, 30-minute pre-concert discussions about the music on the program begin one hour prior to the performances.  The programs are free and open to ticket holders for the respective performances.


About the Conductor

Philip Mann is the music director of the Arkansas Symphony. He was elected a Rhodes Scholar and was also winner of the Vienna Philharmonic’s Karajan Fellowship at the Salzburg Festival, and an American Conducting Fellow.  Mr. Mann has served as associate conductor of the San Diego Symphony and has been an assistant conductor for performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.  Recent engagements include the Georgian State Opera, National Symphony of Cyprus, Grand Rapids Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Sarasota Symphony, Symphony in C, and the New Mexico, Tulsa, and Voronezh Philharmonics.Click Here for a complete biography.


About the Soloist

Pianist Vadym Kholodenko won the gold medal and all special prizes at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013. Born in 1986 in Kiev, Ukraine, he began his studies at Kiev’s Mykola Lysenko Special Music School under Natalia Grydneva and Borys Fedorov. In 2005, he moved to Moscow to study at the Moscow State Conservatoire with Vera Gornostaeva.

During the 2016/2017 season, Mr. Kholodenko concludes his three-year artistic partnership with the Fort Worth Symphony which includes live recordings of the complete Prokofiev piano concertos. He will also undertake London appearances at the LSO St. Luke’s and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, performances of the Scriabin Piano Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfonica de RTVE in Madrid, and a tour of Asia with appearances in Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, and Beijing. In the United States, he will make his Washington, D.C. recital debut at the Phillips Collection. Click Here for a complete biography.



About the Music


Sergei Rachmaninov went into a deep depression following the disastrous 1897 première of his First Symphony. In January of 1900 he began seeing Dr. Nicholas Dahl, a Moscow physician who was familiar with the latest psychiatric advances from Paris and Vienna. By the summer of 1900 Rachmaninov was hard at work on his Second Piano Concerto. The work was premiered in October 1901 and to this day is one of the most popular and beloved of the great Romantic piano concertos.


Composer Adam Schoenberg said of  his work Go, "Go, commissioned to honor the 20th Anniversary of the New West Symphony in 2015, is a high-energy, groove-oriented, single-movement work inspired by the idea of racing. The piece begins as if each member of the orchestra is at the starting line of a race. Using string and brass glissando techniques to create a revving effect, the work opens with a series of roaring engines that increase in intensity before locking into a groove that becomes the foundation of the piece. Several different grooves and rhythmic patterns develop as the members of the orchestra continue to round the track. The piece ends with a 'sprint to the finish.'"


Igor Stravinsky was the third composer sought by the impresario Serge Diaghilev to provide the score for his contemplated ballet based on Russian folk lore. Stravinsky had just six months to complete the score The Firebird. The ballet, which Stravinsky considered his first mature work, was an instant success at its premiere in June of 1910 in Paris. The scores to Petrushka and The Rite of Spring, again for Diaghilev and his Ballet Russe, followed in quick succession.

The story of the ballet deals with the glittering Firebird and the evil ogre Kashchei, who captures maidens and turns men to stone if they enter his domain. Stravinsky drew three concert suites from The Firebird. The 1919 suite includes six scenes from the complete score.

Click Here for complete program notes.


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. The Symphony is the resident orchestra 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 New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County, a year-round, tuition–free music and leadership program for underserved students.

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