New West Symphony concertmaster Danielle Belen will give one of her first solo performances with the symphony at a Masterpiece Series concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at Barnum Hall on the Santa Monica High School campus, 601 Pico Blvd.
She will play Felix Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E Minor for violin and orchestra, Opus 64. The program will also include Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Opus 98 by Johannes Brahms.
Steven Mercurio will serve as guest conductor.
Belen’s appointment as concertmaster began with the 2011-12 season. She started playing with the symphony during the 2004-05 season and has served as assistant and associate concertmaster as well as concertmaster during the intervening years.
A graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music and the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, Belen is a member of the faculty of the Colburn School and is a teaching assistant to renowned violin pedagogue Robert Lipsett.
The New West Symphony is a professional orchestra serving audiences in Ventura County, the San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles. The symphony presents internationally-acclaimed soloists at its Masterpiece Series concerts.
Tickets priced from $25 to $98 are available by phone, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at (866) 776-8400. Tickets are also available online atwww.newwestsymphony.org.