On Saturday, June 11, at 2:00 p.m., Long Beach Symphony musicians take to the outdoors at Rainbow Harbor Nautilus Shell (The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, 330 S. Pine Ave.) across from Lighthouse Park for a free family concert sure to delight all ages and musical tastes.
The festivities begin at 1:00 p.m. with an Instrument Petting Zoo that allows young patrons to touch and try out various orchestra instruments. Then at 2:00 p.m. the Long Beach Symphony Chamber Players will present Delvyn Case’s “Lighthouse Keeper: The Story of Abbey Burgess.” With five string players and narration (provided by Kimberlea Daggy, a classical music announcer for KUSC), the work tells the story of a brave teenage girl who keeps the lighthouse lamps burning during a fierce “Noreaster” storm. Patrons will batten down the hatches and sing along to help Abbey stay the course and be brave through the long night as she tells her story. Featured musicians include Carrie Kennedy and Ellen Jung, Violin, Andrew Picken, Viola, Xiaodan Zheng, Cello, and Tom Peters, Bass.
This performance is part of the Symphony’s Sounds & Spaces program: a series of FREE performances open to the public and designed to introduce the public to live symphonic sound. These intimate concerts also afford the opportunity for personal interaction with Symphony musicians. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics and settle in for a leisurely afternoon of free entertainment. A FREE bike valet service will be provided.
Symphony Executive Director Kelly Ruggirello commented on the Sounds and Spaces program: “We believe everyone deserves the chance to hear symphony musicians play live and that is why we do these concerts. It is how we support the community that supports us, and we love to enliven spaces in the downtown area!”
For this event, The Symphony has partnered with Aquarium of the Pacific, Lions Club of DTLB who funded the Lions Lighthouse for Sight, Long Beach Water Department and Pedal Movement. The Sounds and Spaces program series is sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. For more information about this event, please visit the Symphony’s website at www.longbeachsymphony.org.
ABOUT LONG BEACH SYMPHONY
Established in 1935, the Long Beach Symphony marks its 81st season in 2015-2016. Each year the Symphony draws loyal audiences from the South Bay, Long Beach, and North Orange County area to its six Classical concerts in the Terrace Theater and five POPS! events in the Long Beach Arena, plus intimate, free music concerts at various locations.
The Symphony partners with the Long Beach Unified School District to provide sequential, curriculum-based music education opportunities throughout the year. Through its comprehensive music education programs—including professional ensembles in elementary and middle schools and widely acclaimed Miller Foundation Symphony Concerts for Young People – the Symphony reaches more than 25,000 students a year.
For more information, please visit www.longbeachsymphony.org.
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