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.

“Percussion at Pyramidial”
Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3:00pm
California State University Long Beach – MatterApp: Pyramidial
(FREE performance and FREE bike valet)
FREE campus parking available in Parking Structure 1 - Level one only


Daniel Levitan Variations on a Ghanaian 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 Percussion Consortium at MatterApp: Pyrimidial for a FREE chamber music performance. 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. Ride your bike, bring a blanket, a low beach chair and a sun hat and spread out on the lawn and enjoy 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 at 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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(FREE performance and FREE bike valet)


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.