Saturday, October 6, 2012 – 7:30pm*The LBSO is kicking off the cultural season with high art at its finest. This is an exhilarating concert, with festivities before andafter to make it an extra-special evening to remember.It’s a grand reunion after the LBSO’s traditional summer hiatus:
- Have a drink or a snack and socialize on the Terrace Plaza
- Hear Pre-Concert Lobby Music showcasing young local virtuosos the Aurora String Quartet from Poly High School
- Learn what’s behind the music with noted musicologists or radio hosts at the Pre-Concert Talk from 6:30-7pm.
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3The audience will be captivated by the soft and luxurious beauty as well as the fast and fiery passages in the hands of 2009 Van Cliburn award-winner Haochen Zhang in his return performance to Long Beach.
There’s a new crop of phenomenal young pianists from China…the most gifted of the lot may very well be Haochen Zhang. Zhang attacked the daunting Prokofiev[#2] with a ferocious energy that was breathtaking.
-Jim Ruggirello, Gazette Newspapers (June 2011)
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5Tchaikovsky takes the listener on a journey from tragedy to triumph in this masterpiece of the 19th century. The powerful finale is not to be forgotten.
Stay after the concert for a reception and complimentary champagne toast on the Terrace Theater Plaza with Maestro Diemecke and LBSO musicians. Lounge around the outdoor fire pits, have a drink or a snack (no host), listen to some live jazz, and celebrate the LBSO's 78th season!
*Note the earlier start time