Harmony Project celebration to raise funds for music education

The New West Symphony will present its second annual Harmony Project of Ventura County Celebration Brunch on Feb. 12 at the Ventura Beach Marriott. Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Perla Batalla will headline the event which will raise funds to support the New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County, a youth development program that uses music education as a tool for social transformation among underserved students in Ventura. The New West Symphony will honor Bona and Larry Press as Supporters of the Year, the City of Ventura as Community Partner of the Year, and Montecito Bank and Trust as Business of the year.

The Celebration Brunch will also include a special video produced in collaboration with The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. The Lennon Bus is a non-profit mobile recording studio dedicated to providing students of all ages with free hands-on opportunities to make music and produce video projects. The Lennon Bus team will work with 8 Harmony Project students to produce this video in their fully equipped professional music and video studio.

The New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County is a tuition-free after school program that provides quality music instruction to children from low-income families who would not otherwise have access to a music education. The program currently serves 160 students in Ventura from third grade through their high school graduation.

Tickets for the Harmony Project Celebration Brunch are $150 per person and can be purchased online at www.newwestsymphony.org or by calling  497-5800.

Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is a professional orchestra that draws its players from the rich talent pool of professional Los Angeles-area musicians. The Symphony is the resident company of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.

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