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 relives the 80s at March 23 POPS! concert

Ah, the ‘80s: Reagonomics, the fall of the Berlin Wall, blue mascara and yellow eyeshadow, shoulder pads in everything (the thicker the better), Harrison Ford, Madonna’s Material Girl and myriad other icons still part of our lives today.

On Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 8:00 PM in the Pacific Ballroom of Long Beach Arena (300 E. Ocean Blvd.), the Long Beach Symphony POPS! celebrates this explosive decade in the energetic program REWIND – Celebrating the Music of the ‘80s with mega-hits by Wham!, U2, The Cure, Kool & the Gang, Billy Joel, Journey, and more! Suitable for audiences of all ages, guests are encouraged to come dressed in their best ‘80s attire and to let loose on the dance floor.

Guest conductor Michael Nowak, who lives on California’s central coast, will lend his unique style to these pop classics. Currently, Nowak is the Music Director of the Santa Maria Philharmonic and is also active as a recording musician and conductor in the motion picture industry. He is widely recognized for his innovative children’s concert programs such as “Fly Me To The Moon” and “How Music Tells A Story” and for designing unique POPS! concerts.
He will be joined by Christine Lafond and Benjamin Caron on vocals, Stephen Mills on drums, Shane Soloski on bass, Joe Augello on guitar, and Walter Tolentino on keyboard.

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 the Port of Long Beach, with additional support from Valero Energy, The RM Cool Company, Tracy Hernandez, Mitsubishi Cement, BNSF Railway and P2S Inc.

The Symphony POPS! Series continues May 4, 2019, with a new Cirque production, “Heroes and Villains.”

For Classical music lovers, the Symphony will present a cosmically-oriented program on April 29 in the Terrace Theater of the Performing Arts Center, with works by Mozart, Golijov, Pärt, and Korngold.

This article was released by Long Beach Symphony.