The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic OPUS 28 Concerts Features Seven of the Area’s Most Talented Young Artists on August 6 and 8

August 8th post-concert dinner at Fiamme Restaurant & Bar to raise funds in support of future performances.

Thousand Oaks, CA, July 19, 2010 --( The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic (, a non-profit organization founded to give local young artists a unique professional performance experience, today announced its OPUS 28 concerts to be held Friday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Camarillo United Methodist Church, and Sunday, August 8 starting at 2:30 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Scherr Forum Theatre. The concerts will feature seven rising young musicians from Ventura County and neighboring communities, performing piano, violin and euphonium concertos led by guest conductor Dr. John Roscigno and accompanied by the celebrated Thousand Oaks Philharmonic.

The August 8th concert will be immediately followed by a dinner fundraiser at Fiamme Restaurant & Bar ( at 3731 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., in the Thousand Oaks’ Paseo Market Place.

The OPUS 28 concerts will be performed by youth artists including:

· Joshua Peng, 17, Westlake Village, incoming senior at Westlake High School: Grieg Piano Concerto
· Joseph Marquez, 18, Simi Valley, graduated from Simi Valley High and will attend Yale: Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto
· Abigail Tsai, 11, Westlake Village, will be in 7th grade at Lindero Canyon Middle School: Mozart Violin Concerto
· Melody Chang, 16, Oak Park, will be a junior at Oak Park High: Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
· Paige Binsley, 17, Thousand Oaks, graduated from Westlake High School and will attend USC: Daverne Rondo for Euphonium and Orchestra
· Sam Kinsey, 16, Northridge, will be a junior at Granada Hills Charter High School: Bach Keyboard Concerto in G minor
· Jeffrey Zia, 17, Oak Park, will be a senior at Oak Park High: Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

“In addition to our very first euphonium soloist, we have six other outstanding young artists who will be presented in the OPUS 28 concerts,” said Thousand Oaks Philharmonic Founder Edward Francis. “Two of the soloists are recent high school graduates, getting ready to go off to USC and Yale. Our soloists usually do represent an upper echelon of achievers and outstanding examples of what young people can accomplish with dedication, hard work and inspiration while enjoying vast support from a group that usually includes parents, teachers and their community of extended family and friends.”

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 one-on-one rehearsal with the Philharmonic’s conductor, as well as two rehearsals with the orchestra, before presenting for community patrons.

The post-concert 3-course gourmet dinner and wine is $50.00 per person, all-inclusive. Reservations for the dinner are required and can be made through MB Tickets by noon Saturday. August 7, call 805.494.3220.

Concert tickets for the Sunday performance are $25.00 for general admission, $15.00 for seniors aged 60+, and $10.00 for students. Tickets are available through the Civic Arts Plaza Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. Advanced purchase is encouraged.

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 concerts featuring exceptional young artists from the community, recital programs and performance events. For 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 Audition information is also available at the website. For the latest news, become a fan of the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Phyllis Grabot