Press Release

New West Symphony

Emma Pell FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 2, 2016
(805) 435-2778




New West Symphony Will Honor Community Leaders at Holiday Fundraiser


(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – December 2, 2016) —The New West Symphony will be honoring community leaders at its upcoming “Poinsettia Supper Club” holiday fundraiser on December 9, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Westlake. Honorees will include SAGE Publishing and Miriam Chase Wille.


SAGE Publishing is being honored for its commitment to education, a value and priority shared by the New West Symphony. Based in Thousand Oaks, SAGE has been an educational publisher since 1965, and is a strong advocate of education in communities around the globe. The SAGE journal The Neuroscientist recently published a study on the biological effects of ‘making music’ on learning, which included Harmony Project students in the study. The New West Symphony’s Harmony Project of Ventura County provides tuition-free music education to underserved children.


"SAGE Publishing and the New West Symphony share a passion for education and a mission to support educational initiatives to improve lives," said SAGE President and CEO Blaise Simqu. "The New West Symphony has supported generations of students in Ventura County and provided critical leadership for music education, which has truly enriched our community.  SAGE Publishing is honored to be recognized."


Miriam Chase Wille will also be honored at the event for her dedication to supporting the arts in Ventura County. Wille has been a devoted patron and supporter of the New West Symphony since its founding in 1995. She led the search committee for its first music director and in 2012 she provided the funding for a new music director through a $1 million gift that endowed the Symphony’s Music Director Chair, while honoring her parents by establishing the Glywn & Ruth Chase Music Director Fund. Wille has been on the Board of Directors for the Symphony and has been actively involved in the New West Symphony League, the fundraising auxiliary of the New West Symphony. Her many contributions over the years have helped to secure a vibrant future for the New West Symphony, its high-quality, live professional concerts as well as its vital education and community engagement programs.   


Double GRAMMY Award® winner Jack Jones will headline the Poinsettia Supper Club and Ross Porter, former broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers, will act as Master of Ceremonies. The Poinsettia Supper Club will begin at 5:30pm on Friday, December 9 at the Hyatt Regency Westlake. The evening will include a cocktail hour, dinner and live auction followed by a performance by Jack Jones. Tickets are $250 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling (805) 497-5800. Proceeds from the event will support the New West Symphony’s orchestra and its community outreach and education efforts, many of which are focused on exposing children and young adults to the beauty of symphonic music.





About SAGE Publishing

Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE Publishing in 1965 to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community. SAGE is a leading international provider of innovative, high-quality content publishing more than 1,000 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. Our growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company’s continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC and Melbourne. For more information, visit  


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