Press Release

New West Symphony

Ross Goldberg FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2017




Edward Elson, MD Joins Board of Directors
of the New West Symphony

(THOUSAND OAKS, CA) – August 24, 2017 – Edward Elson, M.D., a longtime resident and supporter of the arts in Ventura County, has been elected to the board of directors of the New West Symphony.


"Elson and his wife Fran share a passionate interest and love of the arts and we are delighted that he will now be bringing that enthusiasm to the New West Symphony," said Executive Director Natalia Staneva.  "Together they have supported the arts in Ventura County and beyond through participation in the Rubicon Theatre, the Ventura Music Festival, Studio Channel Island Arts Center and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, as well as a long-standing involvement with Casa Pacifica.  We know Elson will be a wonderful addition to our board as we open our 23rd season this Fall."


Professionally, Dr. Elson is founder of Visa Del Mar Medical Group and also opened Ventura County's first dialysis center which eventually grew to five units in the county.  He served as its medical director for 35 years until his retirement in 2015.  Dr. Elson received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario and later served in the United States Air Force until moving to Ventura in 1971. 


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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