Press Release

New West Symphony

Emma Pell FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 17, 2017




GRAMMY Winner Garrick Ohlsson

Debuts with New West Symphony


(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – April 17, 2017) — GRAMMY Award® winner Garrick Ohlsson makes his New West Symphony debut performing Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto with the New West Symphony. Guest Conductor Fawzi Haimor will also lead the orchestra in Rossini’s Overture to La Scala di Seta and Haydn’s Symphony No. 104. Performances will be held on May 11-13, 2017 in Santa Monica, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks.


Pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Ohlsson is the only American to have won the International Chopin Competition, and he is well known for his huge repertoire and mastery of the works of Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. He won a GRAMMY® Award in 2008 for his recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas, and he has received many other prestigious awards including the Avery Fisher Prize, first prize in the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, first prize in the Montreal Piano Competition, and the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance.


Fawzi Haimor has been recently announced as Music Director Designate of Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen. Haimor recently completed his tenure as Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Haimor has recently made debuts with NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and New Mexico Philharmonic among others. He earned bachelor’s degrees in both music and neurobiology, a master’s degree in conducting from the University of California-Davis, and second master’s in instrumental conducting at Indiana University.


“It’s a great pleasure to be conducting ‘Emperor’ with Garrick Ohlsson,” said guest conductor Fawzi Haimor. “In a world filled with so many amazing pianists, Garrick is a visionary. I’m also very excited to perform Haydn’s Symphony 104. Haydn’s compositions create an opportunity for the conductor to put their own personal stamp on the piece so this will be a very special and unique performance. The Overture to La scala di seta is also a great piece with a lot of virtuosic parts for the oboe and provides a platform to showcase the amazing talents of the New West Symphony orchestra.”


Performances will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 8pm at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica (1310 11th St); Friday, May 12, 2017 at 8pm at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center (800 Hobson Way); and Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8pm at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza (2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.). Tickets are $30-$120 and are available at or by calling

(866) 776-8400.


Concerto No. 5 for Piano and Orchestra in E-flat major, Op. 73, “Emperor” by Ludwig van Beethoven

The “Emperor” is the largest in scale of all Beethoven’s concertos, and the last one he would finish. The Concerto No. 5 was composed in 1809 amidst an invasion by Napoleon that left Beethoven with a profound sense of misery. In spite of the unpromising circumstances that surrounded its composition, the majestic “Emperor” Concerto is a virtuosic piece with full chordal textures and a wide dynamic range that make it one of the most difficult concertos ever written.


Overture to La scala di seta by Gioacchino Rossini

La scala di seta (“The Silken Ladder”) is a one-act comic farce composed in 1812 that deals with the complications of a secret marriage in which the secret husband Dorvil uses the silken ladder of the opera's title to climb to the chamber of his wife, Giulia. It is no wonder that this miniature masterwork has continued to be a popular piece in modern concert repertoire as Rossini’s orchestral ingenuity sparkles throughout the Overture to La scala di seta, with a bubbling main theme and ending with whirling high spirits and festive brilliance.

Symphony No. 104 in D major, “London” by Joseph Haydn

The magisterial symphonies Haydn composed for his two visits to England were the first compositions made after his release from his three decades of work for the Esterházy family in 1790. Haydn made two astoundingly productive trips to England, composing six symphonies from January 1791 to June 1792, and six more symphonies during his visit in February 1794, which also lasted for a year and a half. The last of the works that Haydn composed there, the “London” Symphony opens with perhaps the most solemn introduction to be found anywhere in Haydn’s instrumental works, with stern, unison, minor-mode proclamations of open intervals alternating with hushed passages of deeply affective harmonies. It has been suggested that the Andante’s strong expression of turbulent emotional territory was Haydn’s musical elegy to his departed friend and colleague, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who died in 1791.


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 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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