Long Beach Symphony Presents “Percussion Paints Pictures,” A Free Afternoon of Music and Fun

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On Saturday, July 9, at 2:00 p.m., Long Beach Symphony musicians present “Percussion Paints Pictures,” a free interactive performance in the new amphitheater at Cesar Chavez Park (401 Golden Avenue), designed for fun-loving people of all ages.

Families will explore the world of percussion by creating their own instruments, learning about rhythm, trying out instruments of the orchestra at the Instrument Petting Zoo and participating in an interactive performance of percussive elements. With the help of Long Beach Symphony Percussion Ensemble members Lynda Sue Marks, Gary Long and Timm Boatman, and narrator, Jamieson Price, audiences will use their imaginations to travel to different countries and experience a dynamic, fast-paced, exciting and educational afternoon. The public is encouraged to pack a picnic to enjoy at the beautiful new amphitheater or grab a tasty treat from the onsite food trucks. Bike-riders may check into the Pedal Movement bike valet to be entered into a free raffle to win some awesome prizes. Activities begin at 2:00 PM to allow plenty of time for relaxing and exploring the park prior to the 5:00 p.m. performance.

Kelly Ruggirello, Symphony Executive Director, expressed gratitude for grants from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Knight Foundation (administered by the Long Beach Community Foundation) that made this collaborative event possible, adding that, “We are committed to making it possible for every resident of Long Beach to hear live symphonic sounds and engage with our musicians.”

This event is part of the Symphony’s free Sounds & Spaces series, and is presented in collaboration with Willmore City Heritage Association as part of their Season of Live Arts and Music (S.L.A.M.) concert series. Through these programs, both organizations strive to make live music accessible to everyone – especially families and children. When asked for comment, Kathleen Irvine, President of the Willmore Heritage Association, said, “WCHA is thrilled and honored to partner with the Long Beach Symphony as part of the Willmore Summer of Live Arts and Music (S.L.A.M.). Bringing the Symphony into a neighborhood, especially one as diverse as the Willmore/Drake Park Historic District, makes the music and performances accessible and real for our residents. This event will draw folks from throughout Long Beach, introducing other City residents to our area, resulting in a cross-pollination of culture, class, and education.”

For more information about this event, please visit the Symphony’s website at www.longbeachsymphony.org.

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