After 52 Years LBCCA Passes Annual Music Series To Carpenter Center

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Sunday Afternoon Concert SeriesAfter 52 years the Long Beach Community Concert Association (LBCCA) will stop presenting an annual series of affordable and quality musical concerts for the Greater Long Beach community—but will continue to sponsor the series as it will now be presented by the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at California State University, Long Beach.

“We’re thrilled that the Carpenter Center will carry on the LBCCA tradition of offering reasonably priced performances of artistic merit,” says LBCCA’s Board of Directors President Mike Goldberg. “LBCCA has contributed its artistic reserves toward what will now be the Carpenter Center’s Sunday Afternoon Concert Series to help defray artistic expenses and help keep ticket prices affordable.”

Kicking off the newly named 2011-12 Sunday Afternoon Concert Series on Sun., Oct. 16 at 2pm, is Igudesman & Joo with their unique mix of comedy and classical music. Alek­sey Igudes­man (violin) and Hyung-ki Joo (piano) are two clas­si­cal musi­cians who have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilar­i­ous the­atri­cal shows, which com­bine com­edy with clas­si­cal music and pop­u­lar cul­ture. Next up is the Grammy Award nominated Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir on Sun. Nov. 27 at 2pm. This percussion-driven vocal ensemble has been performing together since 1992, and has become world renowned for its breathtaking performances and commitment to the authenticity of African-American roots music.

The Sunday Afternoon Concert Series continues on Sun., Jan. 29, 2012 at 2pm with Swinging with the Big Band, an afternoon of Big Band swing featuring the Gene Krupa Tribute Band, Mary Lou Metzger, String of Pearls and the Demarche Sisters. Rounding out the season is Susan Egan’s The Belle of Broadway on Sun., May 6, 2012 at 2pm. Egan’s Broadway credits include the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie, the longest running Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and she originated the role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast.

Founded in 1958, the Long Beach Community Concert Association (LBCCA) is one of just a handful of Greater Long Beach area arts organizations with almost five decades of continuous service to the community. LBCCA was originally created as one of the individual organizations that formed a nationwide chain of community concert associations that contracted artists through a central umbrella organization headquartered in New York. But since 1989 LBCCA has existed as an independent, volunteer-run performing arts presenter offering high-quality and affordable public performances each season.

In its earliest years, LBCCA concerts were held at Long Beach’s famed Pike facility and in local high school auditoriums. Over the years the LBCCA subscriber and patron base grew, and in 1982, after more than twenty years of operation, LBCCA became one of the resident companies regularly using the Terrace Theater. In 1999, LBCCA moved once again, to its current home at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at California State University, Long Beach.

The Sunday Afternoon Concert Series begins Sunday Oct. 16, 2011 at 2pm at the Richard and Karen carpenter Performing Arts Center 6200 Atherton Street, Long Beach 90815 (on the campus of Cal State Long Beach).

Patrons who subscribe to the Sunday Afternoon Concert Series enjoy numerous benefits—from significant discounts on single tickets to free parking for all subscribed events. Regular subscriptions are $100, with discounts for renewing subscribers. Group discounts are also available. The Carpenter Center will announce the rest of its 2011-12 Season at its third annual Sneak Peek event on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 7:00pm. For more information, call the Carpenter Center Arts Ticket Office at (562) 985-7000, or go online to CarpenterArts.org.

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