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Long Beach Symphony announces its re-opening plans

Long Beach Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Eckart Preu, returns to the stage with Pops concerts beginning October 23, 2021 and Classical concerts relaunching November 13, 2021.

Music Director Eckart Preu states, “I cannot wait to make music again with this extraordinary orchestra and I look forward to welcoming back our wonderfully supportive audiences to experience the power and healing of live music.”

During this 18-month period without producing concerts, the Association relied heavily on the support of its concertgoers, most of whom held their tickets on account or donated the value of the tickets, its generous donors, and the vital support from the City of Long Beach and federal grantors. Chairman Roger Goulette adds, “On behalf of our Board of Directors, we’d like to thank our loyal base of donors and patrons whose continued support enabled us to endure during this extraordinarily difficult period. We are forever grateful.”

The Long Beach Symphony Association Board of Directors voted on September 14, 2021 to require proof of vaccination for all attendees; negative COVID-19 tests will not be sufficient to attend a Symphony concert at either the Long Beach Terrace Theater or the Long Beach Arena. “I am honored to work for an organization whose Board of Directors is willing to take this bold and courageous action in order to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, artists and staff.” Kelly Lucera, Long Beach Symphony President.

Mayor Robert Garcia supports the Board’s decision, commenting, “I am thrilled to hear the Long Beach Symphony is re-opening this fall and applaud them for taking a leadership role in requiring proof of vaccinations in order to keep our residents safe.”

From a performance by world-renowned guitarist, Pepe Romero, to composer and political activist, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, to music based on folklore from around the world, Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade and fantastic works for 2 pianos, the Classical series of programs celebrates the return to live music!

The Symphony welcomes back audiences to the Long Beach Terrace Theater on November 13 opening with Aaron Copland’s stirring Fanfare for the Common Man followed by the brilliant Ballade for Orchestra by highly acclaimed British composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. The program concludes with the melodically rich Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven showcasing the master’s ebullience and optimism and which he referred to as, “his most excellent symphony.”

On January 8, the Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust rescheduled from 2020 will make their much-anticipated debut in a program including the deeply emotional Mozart Requiem with the Long Beach Camerata Singers, and featuring Long Beach Symphony’s very own Principal Cello, Cécilia Tsan in Bruch’s Kol Nidrei, as well as guest violinist Niv Ashkenazi playing the profoundly moving Theme from Schindler’s List by John Williams.

Lovers of piano concertos will be doubly thrilled by our February 5, 2022 concert featuring 2 concertos for 2 pianos by Bach and Poulenc. Both will be interpreted by the Israeli piano duo of Silver-Garburg in a program to include Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s Overture in C and her brother, Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, “Italian.”

The March 12, 2022 concert is book-ended by fairy tales and folklore from Norway and Russia, among them Grieg’s beloved musical portrayal of the shiftless rogue Peer Gynt (Suite No. 1). Long Beach Symphony Principal Oboe, Rong-Huey Liu is the featured soloist performing one of the last works written by German composer Richard Strauss, his Oboe Concerto in D Major. The ever popular and powerful The Firebird Suite by Stravinsky rounds out this romantic program.

Audiences will enjoy an evening of rhythm and musical drama on April 30 when Pepe Romero returns to the Terrace Theater stage to perform the evocative Medea by Manolo Sanlúcar, one of the key figures in the evolution of the flamenco guitar, in an evening also celebrating the music of C.P.E. Bach and Franz Joseph Haydn.

The June 4, 2022 Season Finale will introduce audiences to award-winning Michael Abel’s provocative Global Warming followed by Israeli-American cellist, Inbal Segev’s performance of Anna Clyne’s Cello Concerto, “Dance” written for Ms. Segev and inspired by the 13th-century Persian writer and mystic Rumi. The program concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and its hauntingly beautiful violin passages that portray the woman who convinced the Sultan to spare her life by telling him one-thousand-and-one stories of Arabian nights.

As one of the best-selling bands in history, The Music of Queen opens the Symphony’s Pops season on October 23, 2021 as musicians of the Long Beach Symphony pay homage to Freddie Mercury. On December 18, the Long Beach Camerata Singers join Symphony musicians to ring in the holidays; then on February 12, The Musical Legacy of Chicago by Brass Transit will have audiences dancing the night away to the songbook of Chicago performed by the dynamic brass powerhouse. On March 26, conductor Paul Shaffer – Dave Letterman’s longtime sidekick and musical director, will share symphonic renditions of his favorite pop, R&B and jazz tunes together with Motown legend Valerie Simpson (Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’m Every Woman.) The Pops season ends on May 21, 2022 with a celebration of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin featuring such iconic hits as RESPECT, Think, a Natural Woman, Chain of Fools, Amazing Grace, and many others.

All programs, dates and artists are subject to change.

For more information or to purchase subscriptions visit www.LongBeachSymphony.org or call 562-436-3203.

COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS

The health and safety of our patrons and personnel is our highest priority. Entry to all Long Beach Symphony Concerts will require proof of receiving a fully completed Covid-19 vaccination. There will be no exceptions for entry to any concert, including for children, without providing proof of vaccination and a photo I.D. at the door. If your child is not vaccinated, they are unable to attend. The following are acceptable as proof of full vaccination:

  • Vaccination card which includes the name of the person vaccinated, type of COVID-19 vaccine provided, and date the last dose was administered, which must be at least two weeks prior to the concert date.
  • A photo of the attendee’s vaccination card as a separate document.
  • A photo of the attendee’s vaccination card stored on a phone or electronic device.
  • Documentation of full vaccination from a healthcare provider.

Please note that Negative Covid-19 test results will not be permissible for entry. There are no exceptions to proof of full vaccination.

Per State and City health orders, masks must be worn indoors at all times in the Terrace Theater. Pops patrons must wear masks unless actively eating and drinking at their physically distanced tables or seats.

In the coming weeks, we will share more with you about what to expect at Symphony concerts and the policies and procedures designed for the safety of our guests.

This article was released by the Long Beach Symphony.