The Long Beach Symphony POPS! will rock the halls of the Long Beach Arena (300 E. Ocean Blvd.) with the magic sounds and moves of Motown.

Long Beach Symphony to present tango music for Valentine’s weekened

Though the weather outside may be chilly, the atmosphere inside the Pacific Ballroom of the Long Beach Arena (300 E. Ocean Blvd.) on February 16 at 8:00 p.m. will be hot and sultry when the Long Beach Symphony fires up Tango Caliente! with conductor Robert Istad, soprano Camille Zamora, Argentinean dancers Tomas Galván and Gimena Herrera and internationally- acclaimed bandoneón artist Hector Del Curto.

Perfect for Valentine’s weekend, this program of tango classics by Astor Piazzolla, Carlos Gardel and others speaks the language of love. Audiences will enjoy four works by Piazzolla, whose name is nearly synonymous with tango. Among them are his “Milonga Del Angel,” a composition from 1965 that was described by one listener as “achingly beautiful.”

“Por una cabeza”, meaning “by a head [of a horse]” in Spanish, is a popular tango song composed in 1935 by Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Le Pera. The song laments the loss of love “by a head.”

Another favorite of the genre is “La Cumparsita,” which may be the most famous tango song in the world, originally composed by Uruguayan Gerardo Matos Rodriguez in 1917. The title means “the little parade” and the first line of the song indicates that instead of being a celebratory one, this tango is about a parade of misery! The program includes Tango de la Menegilda and Angel Villado’s 1903 El Choclo, from the list of top ten most-loved tango classics.

At the heart of tango music is the sensual sound of the bandonéon, and Argentine Héctor Del Curto, one of the most sought-after bandonéonists, will impart his special flavor to the evening in a solo work that he composed for the instrument. Del Curto has performed with luminaries including the Tango legend, Astor Piazzolla. A musician who is dedicated to the education, outreach, and preservation of tango music, Mr. Del Curto founded the Stowe Tango Music Festival, the premier tango music festival in the United States.

Other stars of the evening include soprano Camille Zamora and celebrated tango dancers Tomas and Gimena, who were honored with an invitation to Rome to dance at Pope Francis’ birthday party.

Tickets to a Long Beach Symphony POPS! concert include options for seats at 10-top tables or more intimate Bistro seating at 4-top tables. For the budget-conscious, loge seating is available for just $29 (student tickets $10 with ID). Jumbo screens on each side of the stage bring the action to life for everyone, regardless of seating preference, and all patrons are invited to bring their own picnics and libations or to purchase dinner from a list of preferred local caterers. Doors open at 6:30 PM to allow time for dining and mingling with friends; concert begins at 8:00 PM.

For more information or to purchase tickets and subscriptions visit or call 562-436-3203 ext. 1. Tickets are also available on Ticketmaster. The POPS! Series is sponsored, in part, by Farmers & Merchants Bank.

This concert is sponsored in part by Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg.
The Symphony POPS! Series continues March 23, 2019, with the program REWIND: Celebrating the Music of the ‘80s.

For Classical music lovers, the Symphony will perform Beethoven’s magnificent Symphony No. 3, Eroica on February 2, 2019 in the Terrace Theater of the Performing Arts Center. Also on February 2, the Symphony will perform its second annual Family Concert.

This article was released by the Long Beach Symphony.