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Thousand Oaks Philharmonic Starts New Year with OPUS 26 Concerts Featuring Eight Local Youth Soloists

January 10th pre-concert dinner at Fiamme Restaurant & Bar to raise funds in support of future performances.

Thousand Oaks, CA, December 30, 2009 --( The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, a non-profit organization founded to give local young artists a unique professional performance experience, will perform OPUS 26 on Friday, January 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Camarillo United Methodist Church, and Sunday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Forum Theatre. The performance features eight rising youth artists from Ventura County and neighboring communities supported by a full professional symphony orchestra led by renowned conductor Richard Rintoul. Additional concerts in the OPUS series are scheduled for May and July of 2010.

“Since 2001, our organization’s growth has been quite rewarding. The excitement of presenting area young artists with a professional orchestra has always been interesting, and it is nice to see how the public has increased its participation through increased attendance. I frequently say that if I had one dollar for every time I hear ‘I can’t believe what I just heard’ after our concerts…our treasury would be bulging!” said Thousand Oaks Philharmonic Founder Edward Francis. “We are especially pleased by our recent artistic partnership with Steinway & Sons. To be recognized by such an esteemed name in the world-wide music community is a rare honor and privilege.”

A pre-concert dinner fundraiser on January 10th will be held at Fiamme Restaurant & Bar ( beginning at 4:30 p.m. at 3731 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., in the Paseo Market Place in Westlake Village.
The OPUS 26 concerts will be performed by young artists, ages 10 to 17, including:
· Jamiee Cao from Thousand Oaks: violin, Vivaldi
· Megan Ervin from Thousand Oaks: piano, Haydn
· Noah Fields from Thousand Oaks: piano, Kabalevsky

· Yasha Yahknis from Newbury Park: piano, Tchaikovsky
· More Song from Newbury Park: piano, Bach
· Kevin Ye from Thousand Oaks: violin, Mozart
· Jason Chen from Oak Park: piano, Tchaikovsky
· Andrew Chen from Oak Park: piano, Saint-Saens

Each Thousand Oaks Philharmonic featured soloist is selected following formal auditions, which are judged by music professors, performing artists, and music industry experts. Once selected, the performers participate in a “sitzen,” a one-on-one rehearsal with the Philharmonic’s conductor, as well as two rehearsals with the orchestra, before performing for community patrons. Concert tickets at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Forum Theatre are $25.00 for general admission, $15.00 for seniors aged 60+, and $10.00 for students. Tickets are available through MB Tickets: Toll free: 800.344.1455 or Local: 805.494.3220, as well as by email: Advanced purchase is encouraged. Remaining tickets will be on sale in the lobby of the theatre, beginning at 1:30 p.m., on the concert day.

The pre-concert 3-course, wine-paired gourmet dinner is $50.00 per person, all-inclusive. For dinner reservations, contact MB Tickets at 800.344.1455; seating is limited. As this is a fundraising event, a major portion of the cost is tax-deductible.

The Camarillo United Methodist Church is located at 291 Anacapa Drive. Suggested donations are $5.00 for students and seniors, and $10.00 general admission.

The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, offers an annual series of three concerts performed most frequently at Camarillo United Methodist Church and then repeated at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. For more information on the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic’s programs, or to support the opportunities it creates for local youth, please visit the web site,, contact the office at 805.376.2485, or Mr. Francis via email at For information about auditions, send an email to

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