If symphony orchestras and chamber music excite you as much as reggae, punk or rock and roll, this is a gold-star weekend for you. Several performances of the classical music persuasion will be offered at a variety of venues.
New West Symphony kicks off 2019 with “Rhythmic Traditions,” featuring violinist Karen Gomyo, who will play Mozart’s elegant Violin Concerto No. 5 “Turkish” and Beethoven’s exuberant Symphony No. 7. In addition, the symphony will present The Great Circle, a new work by Jeff Beal (who composed the score for House of Cards) inspired by the power of nature and commissioned by NWS in honor of its 25th anniversary. Performances take place on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m. at the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center. Fire and mudslide victims and first responders can obtain complimentary tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. newwestsymphony.org
The Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra celebrates its 16th season with “Young Artists in the Spotlight,” featuring several talented musicians, all under 20. Stephen Saw (violin), Noah Laber (oboe) and David Change (piano) will perform concertos by Max Bruch, Alessandro Marcello and Felix Mendelssohn. Daniel Newman-Lessler of UCSB and Music Academy of the West will guest conduct. Performances are on Friday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Mary Magdalen Church in Camarillo and on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m. at Ventura’s First United Methodist Church. cichamberorchestra.org
Clarinetist Narek Arutyunian makes a special appearance for the Chamber on the Mountain on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m. at Logan House in Ojai. He will perform pieces by Francis Poulenc, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Bela Bartok, Elliott Carter, Richard Wagner and Johannes Brahms, accompanied by pianist Christopher Goodpasture. A reception follows the concert, and audience members are invited to stay and meet the musicians. www.chamberonthemountain.com
Finally, the Ventura Music Festival is offering the public a preview of its upcoming Silver Anniversary Season with a reception at the Museum of Ventura County on Monday, Jan. 28, 5:30-7 p.m. Attendees will enjoy live music and a presentation of the festival’s star-studded lineup, including a number of performances taking place in the months leading up to the festival, which runs July 11-21. www.venturamusicfestival.org