Long Beach Symphony Orchestra

Sounds & Spaces - 2014 Series

Bringing the sound of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra to the Community

This free chamber music performance series is sponsored in part by The County of L.A. Board of Supervisors, Fourth District, L.A. County Arts Commission and The Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association. The Sounds & Spaces series is possible because of the support of organizations like these and community members like you. If you are interested in supporting this fantastic series contact Genevieve Macias at 562-436-3203 ext. 226.

Sacred Space, Sacred Music - February 23, 2014 – Reception at 3:00pm & Performance at 4:00pm
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Bach Cantata no. 51
Bach Cantata no. 82a

Organ Johannes Müller-Stosch
Soprana Elissa Johnston
Flute Heather Clark
Trumpet Marissa Benedict
Violin 1 Mei Chang
Violin 2 Alwyn Wright
Viola Kazi Pitelka
Cello Margaret Edmondson

The magnificent and spiritually uplifting sanctuary of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is one of the favorite locations to hear music in Long Beach. LBSO’s Sounds & Spaces features this wonderful site and its newly rebuilt Austin organ with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. World renowned, critically acclaimed soprano Elissa Johnston joins St. Luke’s Music Director and Organist Dr. Johannes Müller-Stosch, principal flute Heather Clark, trumpet Marissa Benedict and an intimate string ensemble led by Mei Chang in performing Cantata 82a, Ich habe genung (My life is fulfilled, Cantata for Purification), and Cantata 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! (Rejoice unto God in all lands!).

From Jewish Life - March 23, 2014 – 4:00pm; Post performance reception at 5:00pm
Temple Israel

David Schiff “Divertimento from Gimpel the Fool” for Violin, Clarinet, Cello and Piano.
Paul Schoenfield “Trio” for Violin, Clarinet and Piano
Ernst Bloch “From Jewish Life” for Cello and Piano

Violin Roger Wilkie
Cello Cecilia Tsan
Clarinet Gary Bovyer
Piano Bryan Pezzone

Rabbi’s Advice, Prayer, a Nigun and even a Freylakh are things you would expect to hear at Temple Israel, but it’s a very special occasion when they are offered by musicians of the Long Beach Symphony. LBSO Sounds & Spaces celebrates Temple Israel’s beautiful new facility with music influenced and inspired by 1000 years of Jewish life in Eastern Europe. David Schiff’s exciting, tuneful and evocative Divertimento for Violin, Clarinet, Cello and Piano is drawn from his highly acclaimed opera Gimpel the Fool, based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story. LBSO Principal ‘cellist Cécilia Tsan will perform Ernest Bloch’s beautifully soulful From Jewish Life for 'cello and piano. Concertmaster Roger Wilkie, principal clarinetist Gary Bovyer and guest pianist Bryan Pezzone tackle Paul Schoenfield’s highly charged, classically klezmer Trio.

Celebrating Diversity - May 18, 2014 – 3:00pm and 5:00pm
Homeland Cultural Center
(2 Performances)

Chinary Ung “Khse Buon” for Viola Solo
Paquito D’Rivera, “Invitación al Danzón,” “Afro,” Wapango” for Clarinet, Bassoon, Piano and Percussion
Derrick Spiva Jr., “Speaking Voice"

Piano/Viola Mark Menzies
Clarinet Gary Bovyer
Bassoon Julie Feves
Percussion Aaron Serfaty
CSULB World Percussion Ensemble

Long Beach Symphony joins with the Homeland Cultural Arts Center in embracing and celebrating diversity at the intimate Manazar Gamboa Community Theater at MacArthur Park. The Center is a vital community space for sharing and exploring traditional, contemporary and urban arts. This program features works by the brilliant Cuban jazz artist Paquito D’Rivera for clarinet, bassoon, piano and Latin percussion, and award-winning Cambodian composer Chinary Ung’s moving Khse Buon for solo viola. Long Beach Symphony members Gary Bovyer, clarinet, and Julie Feves, bassoon, are joined by guest artists Mark Menzies, piano and viola, and Aaron Serfaty, percussion.

Nature in Music, Music in Nature – A Family Event That’s for the Birds!
June 7, 2014 – 4:00pm; Post performance reception at 5:00pm

El Dorado Nature Center

$7 parking or use our free bike valet service

Everyone should bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic!

Dvorak String Quartet No. 12 “American” Op. 96 in F Major
Biber Sonata representativa
Haydn String Quartet Op 33 No 3 C major “The Bird”

Violin 1 Roger Wilkie
Violin 2 Carrie Kennedy
Viola Colleen Sugata
Cello Trevor Handy


For centuries nature’s virtuoso tweeters have fascinated classical music composers. Join us in a fun, family event at the El Dorado Nature Center as LBSO’s “Sounds & Spaces” explores selections from music inspired by our fine-feathered friends. While visiting Spillville, Iowa in 1893, the beloved Czech composer Antonin Dvork was so taken with the distinctive song of North America’s scarlet tanager that he wove it into his popular String Quartet Op. 96, the “American.” More than 100 years earlier, Joseph Haydn wrote his lively String Quartet opus 33, no.3 that is so full of birdsong that it is known as the “Bird.” The setting for this event is the forested glade next to the lake and across the bridge from the Nature Center. Bring a blanket or chairs. Refreshments are welcome. Fun for the whole family!

Classic American 2 - June 8, 2014 – 4:00pm
Farmers & Merchants Bank

Haydn String Quartet Op 33 No 3 C major “The Bird”
Dvorak String Quartet No. 12 “American” Op. 96 in F Major

Violin 1 Roger Wilkie
Violin 2 Carrie Kennedy
Viola Colleen Sugata
Cello Trevor Handy

Long Beach Symphony’s Sounds & Spaces series returns to Farmers & Merchants Bank of downtown Long Beach -- one of Long Beach’s most stunning architectural and acoustical treasures! Lovingly and meticulously restored by the Walker family, the main atrium may be the best place in Long Beach to experience string quartet music with the symphony’s Roger Wilkie and Carrie Kennedy, violins, Colleen Sugata, viola, and Trevor Handy, cello. This Sounds & Spaces season finale presents Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op 33 No. 3 C major and Antonín Dvořák’s beloved and beautifully lyrical String Quartet No. 12, The American. These works will be right at home in the exquisite architectural detail of the interior of the bank.