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Mardi Gras madness hits Long Beach Symphony POPS! on February 22

Mardi Gras means masks, madness and music, and on February 22 at 8:00 PM in the Pacific Ballroom of the Long Beach Arena (300 E. Ocean Blvd.), the Long Beach Symphony will bring it all to life with conductor Matt Catingub in a lively, fun-filled evening centered around the distinct style that makes New Orleans the city of jazz.

He’ll be joined by two-time GRAMMY award nominee and winner of two Telly Awards, Steve Moretti, on drums and Ginai, a/k/a a Black Pearl of the Pacific, whose charismatic, hypnotic voice will render tunes such as It Had To Be You, Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, and other favorites.

Matt Catingub wears many hats: saxophonist, woodwind artist, conductor, pianist, vocalist, performer, composer, and arranger. Matt is the Artistic Director and co-founder (with Steve Moretti) of the Macon Pops in Macon, Georgia, and recently the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Glendale Pops in Los Angeles, the Hawaii Pops in Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as the Festival Pops Conductor of the New Hampshire Music Festival. The son of the great jazz vocalist and “Polynesia’s First Lady of Song,” Mavis Rivers, Catingub regularly performed with his mom.

Concert sponsored by Cathy King | RK Properties.

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 $30 (student tickets $10 with ID). A 3-concert Mini-Subscription (mix-n-match 3 Classical or POPS! concerts during 2020, excluding Violins of Hope) is available for $120. Regardless of seating preference, jumbo screens on each side of the stage bring the action to life for everyone, and all patrons are invited to bring their own picnics and libations, to purchase dinner from a list of preferred local caterers (must be ordered in advance of concert night), or from concessionaries in the Arena lobby. 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 www.LongBeachSymphony.org or call (562) 436-3203 ext. 1. Tickets are also available on Ticketmaster. The POPS! Series is sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank. Concert sponsored by Cathy King | RK Properties.

For Classical concert lovers, the season continues March 7, 2020 in the Long Beach Terrace Theater with works by Beethoven and Schubert in celebration of Beethoven’s 250 birthday.

The next Symphony POPS! concert follows on March 21, 2020 with a tribute to the blockbuster music of Broadway when stars of Broadway sing tunes from Lloyd Webber, Bernstein, Gershwin, and more! The POPS! season ends with energy on May 9 with A Night of Symphonic Rock featuring an all-star band playing classic rock favorites.

The POPS! Series is presented by Farmers & Merchants Bank.

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