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New West Pops set to debut with Lorna Luft

September 2, 2010

The New West Symphony recently announced the debut of New West Pops, a new series that will be produced concurrently with the New West Symphony’s long-standing Classical Masterpiece Series.

New West Pops will kick off the symphony’s 16th season at 4 p.m. Sun., Sept. 19 in the Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.

The program is titled "Broadway Meets Hollywood in Concert" with special guest vocalist Lorna Luft. Luft will perform popular songs, including selections from her award-winning show, "Songs My Mother Taught Me," a tribute to her mother, singer and actress Judy Garland.

The concert will also feature soprano Tobi Foster and baritone Blake Ginther, who will perform songs from popular Broadway musicals and a medley of Henry Mancini songs, along with harmonica artist Bernie Fields and the New West Pops Singers under the direction of Rick Logan.

Steven Goldstein will serve as artistic director and conductor. Colin R. Freeman will serve as Luft’s music director and conductor.

Tickets will also be available for a catered post-concert reception with the artists. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the symphony’s music education and outreach programs, including Symphonic Adventures, and also AIDS Project Los Angeles.

Concert tickets are $29, $39, $49 and $59. For tickets and further information, call the ticket office during business hours at (866) 776-8400 or buy online at www.newwestsymphony.org/ pops.html.

Discounted rates are also available for groups of 10.

Tickets for the reception are $25 in addition to concert tickets.

Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. Garage parking for a fee is available at the venue.