Camarillo, Calif., April 7, 2011 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) and the New West Symphony have announced that the Symphony will collaborate with CI in a multi-media presentation for “Music to See,” the next Masterpiece Series concert of the New West Symphony 2010/2011 season.

Jack Reilly, CI Professor and chair of the art program, has selected five students from the department who will create art works in various media depicting scenes from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, one of the works on the program.  The students include Erika Craig, Kelly Denton, Nan Kane, Jonathan Lareva and Ashleigh Norman. A slide show of the art works will be created and projected in the auditoriums during the performances. The art works will also be on display in the lobbies of the performance venues.

Reilly commented, “These talented art students are thrilled to participate in this innovative and creative endeavor with the New West Symphony. As a group, these students represent CI’s finest and hopefully this collaboration will lead many more interactions with the surrounding creative community, which is at the central mission of our art program.”

New West Symphony music director Boris Brott speaking about the collaboration said, "I am thrilled to be able to realize my conception of this program with the enthusiastic partnership of Professor Reilly and the very excellent artists whom he has chosen. This community engagement benefits both the Symphony and the CI art program.”

The New West Symphony Masterpiece Series concert, “Music to See,” takes place on Friday, April 29, 8 p.m. at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, on Saturday, April 30, 8 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and on Sunday, May 1, 4 p.m. at Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.  The complete program includes the Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofé and Scheherazade by Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov.  Tickets priced from $25 to $110 are available by calling 866-776-8400 or on-line at  $10 student rush tickets are available beginning 30 minutes prior to the performances.

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