Long Beach Symphony Presents an Evening of Mozart, Handel and Beethoven featuring Guest Conductor Lucas Richman

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Maestro Lucas Richman

Maestro Lucas Richman

When Maestro Lucas Richman steps to the podium of the Terrace Theater (300 E. Ocean Blvd.) on Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m., it will have been almost precisely one year since he previously did so in a performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor that garnered top headlines: “Long Beach Symphony hits high note with latest guest conductor” (Press Telegram – 4/27/2015), and “Symphony Orchestra Terrific Under Richman” (Gazettes -5/1/2015).

“We are so pleased to invite Maestro Richman back to Long Beach and have him lead our orchestra again for this program,” states Kelly Ruggirello, Executive Director of the Long Beach Symphony. “This is one of those concerts that highlights both the Classical and Baroque periods with some of the most beautiful music of all time.”

A highlight of the concert will be the performance of one of Handel’s greatest masterpieces, his Harp Concerto, featuring harpist Marcia Dickstein. Following intermission, the program continues with Beethoven’s legendary Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” – a composition of great emotional depth, especially known for the Funeral March of the 2nd movement. Leonard Bernstein once said that the first and second movements are “perhaps the greatest two movements in all symphonic music.”

Guests are encouraged to arrive early for an intimate, pre-concert talk with KUSC’s Rich Caparella who will discuss elements of all three works with Maestro Richman and soloist Dickstein.

In keeping with Maestro Richman’s priority to engage younger generations of listeners, he will hold a Masterclass for orchestra students at Millikan High School while he spends a week in Long Beach. He will also spend time becoming better acquainted with symphony stakeholders and supporters to gain a better understanding of the artistic culture in the community as a Music Director candidate for the orchestra.

The Symphony’s Classical Concert Series is sponsored by Lexus. For more information, or to purchase tickets, which start at $20, please visit the Symphony’s website at www.longbeachsymphony.org  or call 562-436-3203.


Established in 1935, the Long Beach Symphony marks its 81st season in 2015-2016. Each year the Symphony draws loyal audiences from the South Bay, Long Beach, and North Orange County area to its six Classical concerts in the Terrace Theater and five POPS! events in the Long Beach Arena, plus intimate, free music concerts at various locations. The Symphony partners with the Long Beach Unified School District to provide sequential, curriculum-based music education opportunities throughout the year. Through its comprehensive music education programs—including professional ensembles in elementary and middle schools and widely acclaimed Miller Foundation Symphony Concerts for Young People – the Symphony reaches more than 25,000 students a year. For more information, please visit www.longbeachsymphony.org.

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