America the Melting Pot

Online Symphony Concert and Cultural Festival

We are pleased to present America the Melting Pot in our Global Sounds. Local Cultures. season. New West Symphony believes the arts have a critical role to play in capturing the most important stories of our times, expressing the lived experiences of all members of our society, and ultimately leading the way toward a more equitable, inclusive, and just world for all. Join us in the exploration of “America the Melting Pot” for a festival weekend including Meet the Artists and culminating with the feature Concert presentation that exemplifies unity through music by presenting the works of Valerie Coleman, Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Hazel Scott, Xavier Foley, William Grant Still, “Duke” Ellington, and Eubie Blake along with artist activists, Double bassist Xavier Foley and pianist Lara Downes.

AMERICA THE MELTING POT

Premieres Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 3 PM Pacific Time

MICHAEL CHRISTIE | Conductor
The Glywn and Ruth Chase Music Director

Guest Artists:
XAVIER FOLEY | Composer, Double Bass
EUNICE KIM | Violin
LARA DOWNES | Piano
ASHLEY FAATOALIA | Tenor

Concert Program:
VALERIE COLEMAN | Umoja
FLORENCE PRICE | from Piano Concerto in One Movement
HAZEL SCOTT | Peace of Mind
WILLIAM GRANT STILL | Mother and Child for Strings
MARGARET BONDS | Dream Variations
EDWARD KENNEDY “DUKE” ELLINGTON arr. Rabson | Echoes of Harlem
EUBIE BLAKE arr. Arroyo | Love Will Find a Way
MARGARET BONDS | He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

XAVIER FOLEY | For Justice and Peace
XAVIER FOLEY | Cranberry Juice
EDWARD KENNEDY “ DUKE” ELLINGTON arr. Rabson | I’m Just a Lucky So and So

Lara Downes

Lara Downes is among the foremost American pianists of her generation, a trailblazer on and off-stage whose musical roadmap seeks inspiration from the legacies of history, family, and collective memory.

Downes’ playing has been called “ravishing” by Fanfare Magazine, “luscious, moody and dreamy” by The New York Times, and “addicting” by The Huffington Post. As a chart-topping recording artist, a powerfully charismatic performer, a curator and tastemaker, Downes is recognized as a cultural visionary on the national arts scene. Lara’s forays into the broad landscape of American music have created a series of acclaimed recordings, including America Again, selected by NPR as one of “10 Albums that Saved 2016,” and hailed as “a balm for a country riven by disunion” by the Boston Globe. Her recent Sony Classical debut release For Lenny debuted in the Billboard Top 20 and was awarded the 2017 Classical Recording Foundation Award.

Ashley Faatoalia, tenor

Often noted for his soaring tenor and warm stage presence, Ashley’s recent engagements include: The role of Antron’s father in the premiere of the Pulitzer-prize-winning Central Park Five with Long Beach Opera, The role of The Crab Man in Porgy & Bess with Seattle Opera, EUROPERAS with The Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Industry, Albert Hoffman in LSD: The Opera, with The Industry, his debut as Marco Polo in the premiere of the Emmy-Award-winning, Pulitzer-Prize-nominated, Invisible Cities with The Industry, Charles Edward in Candide with The Los Angeles Philharmonic, and many more. Ashley has also had the honor of singing The Star Spangled Banner to sold-out audiences at both Dodger Stadium and The Staples Center.

YOUR PASSPORT AWAITS!

A Concert Passport, including the concert plus complementary content to enrich your experience, is $25 per household.

An All Access Season Passport to our season of 8 cultural festivals is $160 (a 20% savings).

Along with the symphony concert, Season and Concert Passport holders enjoy access to companion cultural festival programs for further immersion into the music, the artistry, and the culture that inspired our concert.

America the Melting Pot Symphony Concert

Programs Included with Your Concert Passport:

Pre-Concert Talk with David Ravetch

Presented Thursday, Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 6:00 pacific time (not available on demand)

The New West Symphony’s pre-concert talk features UCLA Senior Lecturer, David Ravetch, who explores the music presented in the “America the Melting Pot” concert in an informative, audience-friendly format.

Meet the Artists

Premieres Saturday, Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 7:00 pacific time

The America the Melting Pot edition of New West Symphony’s Global Sounds, Local Cultures season includes Meet the Artists, as we continue to explore Southern California’s heritage. This segment includes demonstrations of instruments, and discussions about history, arts and music as well as biography, performance and insight into the artist’s process and talent. We feature soloist, composer and double bass virtuoso, Xavier Foley, as well as pianist and NPR series host, Lara Downes, Tenor Ashley Faatoalia, and violinist Eunice Kim.

Questions? Call us at 805.497.5880/866.776.8400

YOUR PASSPORT AWAITS!

Join us for America the Melting Pot or enjoy all 8 cultural festivals this season! Prices are per-household and include online premieres and on-demand for ‘anytime viewing‘ through September 30, 2021.

THANK YOU TO OUR SEASON SPONSORS

GRANDIOSO SEASON SPONSORS

John Hammer

Barbara Barnard Smith Fund for World Musics at Ventura County Community Foundation

CORPORATE SEASON SPONSOR

Home Helpers Home Care

LARGO SEASON SPONSOR

Karen & Dr. Paul Finkel

CRESCENDO SEASON SPONSORS

Susan Burgos

Fern & Dr. Arnold Heyman

AMERICA THE MELTING POT FESTIVAL IS SPONSORED BY 

Deloitte

ALLEGRO FESTIVAL SPONSORS

Patty & Bob Biery

Yamaha CFX concert grand piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services New York.