Press Release

New West Symphony

Ross Goldberg  

UCLA Faculty Member David Ravetch to Present Pre-Concert Lectures
as Part of the New West Symphony's 2017/2018 Masterpiece Concert Series

(THOUSAND OAKS) – October 25, 2017 -- The New West Symphony announced today that UCLA faculty member David Ravetch will once again be presenting pre-concert lectures as part of the symphony's 2017/2018 masterpiece concert series.  The lectures are free to all symphony ticket holders and are conducted one hour prior to the scheduled performance at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Saturday nights and at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center as part of the new Sunday matinee schedule.

As he has been doing since 2013, Ravetch's "Hear and Now Live!" lectures provide insights and entertaining backgrounds about the music and guest artists on the program.  This season, the NWS will again feature six guest conductors and a wide variety of classical performances as it finalizes its search for a full time artistic leader.

"David delivers his pre-concert lectures with classic wit, energy and enthusiasm emblematic of the music he so loves," said Natalia Staneva, executive director of the NWS.  "We are thrilled that he has once again agreed to share his passion and knowledge with our concert goers in ways that enrich the concert experience and contribute to a thoroughly enjoyable evening."

Ravetch has been a UCLA faculty member for more than 30 years and has been named "Most Recommended Instructor" as voted by students campus wide.  In addition to his love of teaching, Ravetch also has a passion for music and plays the piano, guitar and clarinet. He has written and performed numerous musicals and his appetite for the classics led him to create a series of one-hour lectures showing how well-known classical themes are used in film, television, popular music and on Broadway.

The 2017/2018 New West Symphony season continues on November 18 and 19 when famed Hollywood Bowl music director John Mauceri conducts a multimedia program commemorating the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein feature selections from West Side StoryCandide and other Bernstein favorites. The season then continues with four concerts in the first half of 2018.  Subscription information can be obtained by calling 866-776-8400 or by visiting

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 Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, the Oxnard Performing Arts Center and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.  It presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually and provides a number of educational opportunities for local youth through its annual Symphonic Adventures concerts, its traveling Music Van, and the Harmony Project of Ventura County,  For information go to and follow us on Facebook at

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