Long Beach Symphony Orchestra

Sounds & Spaces - 2014/15 Series

The mission of the Sounds & Spaces series is to enrich our community and develop new relationships through accessible, innovative and non-traditional chamber music events in significant community spaces.

“Celebrating 100 Years”
Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 3:00pm
First Congregational Church
241 Cedar Ave, Long Beach 90802
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Corelli Concerto Grosso, op. 6, No. 1 in D Major
Mozart Sonata da Chiesa in C Major, K.328
Goemanne Triptych for Organ
Hailstork Sonata da Chiesa

We are joining the party as First Congregational Church of Long Beach celebrates the 100th anniversary of their magnificent Italian Renaissance style building complete with stunning mahogany interiors and remarkable stain glass windows. Long Beach Symphony’s first Sounds & Spaces features this beautiful sanctuary and it’s 1956 “Mighty Möller“ organ with music created for sacred spaces. First Congregational’s organist Dr. Marc Dickey joins forces with an intimate string orchestra led by Long Beach Symphony Assistant Concertmaster, Agnes Gottschewski in performing Corelli’s Concerto Grosso No. 1, Mozart’s Church Sonata in C Major, K. 328, Belgian-American Noel Goemanne's Triptych for solo organ and Sonata da Chiesa by African-American composer Adolphus Hailstork.

“Celebrating Community”
Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 3:00pm
Jewish Community Center
3801 E. Willow, Long Beach 90815
(FREE bike valet will be available)

Alexander Krein Three Sketches on Hebrew Themes, Op. 12
W. A. Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K.581

Celebrating Community, Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 3:00pm, Jewish Community Center

Sounds & Spaces invites you to the Alpert Jewish Community Center. Founded in 1948, the center has a long history of service and inclusiveness. Membership, open to people of all faiths and backgrounds, provides outstanding social, cultural, recreational, and educational activities for people of all ages. The center’s programs and services celebrate family, foster health and well-being, embrace tradition, create friendships, and expand cultural horizons for all. What better place to hear Three Sketches on Hebrew Themes (1909) by Russian Jewish composer Alexander Krein, a member of the St. Petersburg Society for Jewish Folk Music, and Mozart’s eternally sunny and beloved Clarinet Quintet. Join Long Beach Symphony Principal Clarinetist Gary Bovyer, Concertmaster Roger Wilkie and Assistant Concertmaster Agnes Gottchewski on violin, Assistant Principal Violist Erik Rynearson and Principal ‘cellist Cécilia Tsan for an afternoon of captivating chamber music embraced by a vibrant and welcoming community.

“Percussion at Pyramidial”
Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3:00pm
California State University Long Beach – MatterApp: Pyramidial
(FREE performance and FREE bike valet)

Daniel Levitan Variations on a Ghanian Theme
Paul Smadbeck Rhythm Song
James Tenney Crystal Canon for Edgard Varèse
Michael Udow A Bird Whispered
Steve Reich Pieces of Wood

Percussion at Pyramidial, Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3:00pm, California State University Long Beach – MatterApp: Pyramidial

Join the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra Percussion Consortium at MatterAppPyrimidial. Sited on the CSULB campus between the great blue Walter Pyramid, the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music and the Dance Center, this design installation will provide the backdrop and inspiration for an afternoon of percussion music. Bring your blanket, low beach chair and sun hat and spread out on the lawn as the musicians, Long Beach Symphony Principal Percussionist Lynda Sue Marks, Principal Timpanist Gary Long and friends Dr. Dave Gerhart of the Bob Cole Conservatory @CSULB, Scott Higgins from Cal Lutheran University and Timm Boatman from Los Angeles Opera, invite you into their world of sound, featuring a 5 octave marimba, hang drum, chimes, cymbals, drums, Tibetan bowls and the structure itself. Be prepared to enter into their kaleidoscopic, interactive, and improvisatory soundscape. Live music from living composers, performed by live percussionists!

“Lighthouse Keeper”
Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 3:00pm - Family Concert!
Point Fermin Lighthouse Band Shell
807 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro 90731
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Delvyn Case Lighthouse Keeper: The Story of Abbey Burgess

Lighthouse Keeper, Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 3:00pm - Family Concert, Point Fermin Lighthouse Band Shell
The beautiful month of May finds Sounds & Spaces outdoors again at San Pedro’s Point Fermin Park Bandshell and Lighthouse for a family concert complete with Instrument Petting Zoo. Joined by radio personality Kimberlea Daggy as narrator the Long Beach Symphony Chamber Players bring you Delvyn Case’s captivating piece “Lighthouse Keeper: The Story of Abbey Burgess.” Settle in with the kids to hear a story about a brave teenage girl who keeps the lighthouse lamps burning during a fierce “Noreaster” storm. Be prepared to batten down the hatches and sing along to help Abbey stay the course and be brave through the long night as she tells her story.

“Made in America”
Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 7:00pm
Rancho los Cerritos
4600 Virginia Rd, Long Beach 90807
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(FREE performance and FREE bike valet)

Samuel Barber Summer Music
Jennifer Higdon "Autumn Music" for Wind Quintet
Jeff Scott “Homage to Duke"
Arturo Marquez Danza al Mediodía

Made in America, Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 7:00pm, Rancho los Cerritos

The beautiful inner courtyard of Long Beach’s historic Rancho los Cerritos adobe is the setting for our Sounds & Spaces season finale. Join the Long Beach Symphony Principal Winds, Heather Clark flute, Rong-Huey Lui oboe, Gary Bovyer clainet, Julie Feves bassoon and Joe Meyer French horn for a program of music for woodwind quintet. Few places speak to the American experience like Rancho los Cerritos and it becomes the perfect setting for a program of music by a diverse cast of American composers. Samuel Barber, the dean of American composition leads the way with his evocative “Summer Music.” Composer Jennifer Higdon, on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music demonstrates why she was the recipient of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music with her compelling piece “Autumn Music.” Jeff Scott, an African American composer and the French Hornist of the Grammy nominated chamber group Imani Winds, brings a stunning hybrid of jazz and contemporary classical compositional styles together in his “Homage to Duke.” While Mexican born, American raised composer Arturo Marquez, who studied at CalArts and is now on the faculty of the National University of Mexico, Superior School of Music charms us and wins us over with his work, Danza al Mediodía.

Thanks in part to a generous matching grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and gifts from the Hennings-Fischer Foundation, The Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Memorial Heritage Association and an anonymous donor.

Programs and Artists subject to change.