|Emma Pell||FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|email@example.com||September 28, 2016|
Star-Studded Rectial Raised Over $200,000 for the New West Symphony
(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – September 28, 2016) — A star-studded recital and autumn barbecue held by the New West Symphony League and NWS Founding Board member Nancy Israel raised over $200,000 for the Symphony on Saturday, September 24.
This was the 15th and final in a series of “Israel Recitals” which were conceived by Bill Israel in 1999 after brushing up on his piano skills at the age of 82. The 14 recitals held since that time have raised more than $2.5 million for the New West Symphony and its many education programs. This recital honored what would have been Bill’s 100th Birthday.
“I know that Bill would have been very proud of everything we have accomplished in his memory,” said event host and wife Nancy Israel. “The New West Symphony does amazing work in our community and I’m grateful that Bill and I had the opportunity to support them with the Israel Recitals.”
Nearly 300 guests attended the star-studded recital at Samuelson Chapel on the California Lutheran University campus. The program featured performances by Christopher O’Riley from NPR’s “From the Top,” Van Cliburn Crystal award winner Sean Chen, Broadway duo Diane Ketchie and Ray Saar, award-winning pianist Edward Francis, violinist Danielle Belen, and NWS’s Principal Flute Paul Fried. The program featured music by fan-favorite composers including George Gershwin, Maurice Ravel and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The program featured music by fan-favorite composers including George Gershwin, Maurice Ravel and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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 www.newwestsymphony.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newwestsymphony.