Local schools are invited to bring their third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students to hear the New West Symphony, a professional symphony orchestra with over 65 musicians, on Monday, January 14th, either at 9:30 or 11 a.m. at the renovated Barnum Theater at Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica.

Schools can make reservations to participate from now through January.

This is the first time the New West Symphony is offering its children’s concerts for public and private school children in the West Los Angeles and Santa Monica areas, organizers say.

The orchestra presents an interactive concert that introduces children to classical music in engaging way. Symphony conductor Boris Brott captivates his young audience through lively demonstrations that introduce children to the roles of the conductor and musicians, the instruments of the orchestra and rhythm, tempo and pitch.

In the weeks preceding the concert, teachers are provided with pre-concert educational materials to prepare students for their concert experience.

“I’m thrilled that we can offer our interactive educational concerts to children in the West Los Angeles and Santa Monica areas,” says director of music education Anne Lazo. “We’ve found that for many children, the Symphonic Adventures concerts provide a first-ever live, classical, concert-going experience and I’m pleased that the New West Symphony can offer these concerts to a broader range of students.”

Additional information and reservations for the Symphonic Adventures Concerts, Anne Lazo, director of education, (805) 777-7886 or alazo@new westsymphony.org.

The New West Symphony has performed for over 120,000 adults and thousands more children since its founding in 1995. Focusing on the performances of 19th and early- to mid-century 20th century symphonic music along with new works, the orchestra engages musicians, creating memorable performances that bring value to the community.

Information, www.newwest symphony.org or (866) 776-8400.

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