The Long Beach Symphony wraps up its 2016-17 Classical concert season on June 10 at 8:00 p.m. at the Terrace Theater of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center (300 E. Ocean Blvd.) with a homecoming performance by JoAnn Falletta, who successfully served as the Symphony’s Music Director from 1989-2000 selling out the Long Beach Performing Arts Center and heralding in an era of premiers, commissions, and a celebration of living composers.
Her upcoming concert with Long Beach Symphony, the first time she has led the orchestra since she left as Music Director in 2000, opens with four movements from Shostakovich’s The Gadfly Suite, arranged for the 1955 Soviet film The Gadfly, based on the novel of the same name by Ethel Lilian Voynich and featuring a memorable violin solo that will be masterfully delivered by the Symphony’s Concertmaster, Roger Wilkie. That will be followed by Maestra Falletta’s own compilation of Prokofiev’s Suites 1-3 from Cinderella. After intermission, Falletta will be joined onstage by guest pianist, George Li, a 21-year-old prodigy whose astonishing technique, distinctive tonal quality, and exceptional musicality have earned him consistent critical acclaim and a Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition. Together, they will close the Symphony’s season with Tchaikovsky’s majestic Piano Concert No. 1 in B-flat minor whose powerful opening chords have become legendary in classical music!
Falletta currently serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Acclaimed by The New York Times as “one of the finest conductors of her generation”, she has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.
She is an ardent champion of music of our time, introducing over 500 works by American composers, including more than 110 world premieres. She has been honored with twelve ASCAP awards.
Commenting on the concert, the Symphony’s Executive Director, Kelly Lucera, enthused, “Long Beach Symphony was the first regional orchestra to appoint a woman as its music director in 1989, and we are honored to welcome her back to lead our season finale.”
Patrons are invited to come early for a 7:00 p.m. pre-concert talk by Maestra Falletta and to enjoy music in the lobby by the Poly High School String Quartet – part of a longstanding program offering Long Beach students the ability to perform before Long Beach Symphony concerts.
The Symphony’s 2017-18 Classical concert series will begin October 7, marking the beginning of a new era of orchestral music in Long Beach as Maestro Eckart Preu takes the podium for his inaugural concert as the Symphony’s new Music Director.
Tickets to the Long Beach Symphony’s Classical concerts start at $25 with student tickets available for $10. For more information, or to purchase tickets and subscriptions, please visit the Symphony’s website at www.LongBeachSymphony.org or call 562-436-3203 ext. 1.
ABOUT LONG BEACH SYMPHONY
Established in 1935, the Long Beach Symphony marks its 82nd season in 2016-2017. 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 chamber music concerts at various locations. After a two year search, the Symphony announced Eckart Preu as its new Music Director Designate. Maestro Preu will officially begin his tenure as Music Director in the 2017-2018 season.
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 Symphony Concerts for Young People – the Symphony reaches more than 24,000 students a year. For more information, please visit www.longbeachsymphony.org.
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