LBSO and Aquarium of the Pacific Present ‘Sounds & Spaces,’ a Free Chamber Music Concert

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at aquarium of pacificMusic will be flowing through the Aquarium of the Pacific at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, when the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra presents Sounds & Spaces, an ongoing series of free chamber music concerts featuring the LBSO Chamber Players (members of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra) performing in intriguing structures and locations that celebrate the beauty and character of Long Beach.

In the same way that the architecture of the Aquarium of the Pacific evokes the undulating rhythm of ocean swells, George Crumb’s “Voice of the Whale” for Flute, Cello and Piano was inspired by the songs of the humpback whale. The LBSO Chamber Players will take listeners on an oceanic voyage with a vivid collection of images: the screech of the seagull, the splash of primeval ocean waves and the cantabile whisper of the mighty whale itself.

Also on the program is Saint-Saëns’ beloved “Carnival of the Animals” performed in the original chamber version for two pianos, string quintet, flute, clarinet and percussion. This will be accompanied by Dennis Poulsen reading the humorous poems of Ogden Nash.

This family friendly performance features LBSO Chamber Players Gloria Cheng & Brian Pezzone (piano), Kazi Pitelka (viola), Cécilia Tsan (cello), Geoff Osika (bass), Diane Alancraig (flute), Gary Bovyer (clarinet), Roger Wilkie & Mei Change (violin) and Lynda Sue Marks (percussion).

Architectural Commentary will be provided by Heather Barker, Assistant Professor of Design at California State University, Long Beach.

The concert is FREE and open to the public; however, reservations must be made to assure admission. Call (562) 436-3203 x244 or email to reserve seats.

The Sounds & Spaces events are provocative and intimate, with opportunities to interact with the musicians and the locations. Each event includes a spoken presentation about the venue and how the music relates to it. The concerts are informal, of modest length, with no intermission.

Led by LBSO principal musicians Gary Bovyer and Julie Feves, the 2011-2012 inaugural season of Sounds & Spaces is funded by the generosity of the Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association and Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra welcomes additional funding from corporations and individuals to sustain an inclusive atmosphere of connecting Long Beach’s illustrious Sounds with its distinctive Spaces.

The Aquarium houses more than 11,000 animals in over 50 exhibits. Its architecture is inspired by the towering, breaking waves of the Pacific and mirrors the fluid and dynamic temper of the ocean. Kajima International, developers of the worlds most critically acclaimed and technologically advanced aquariums, was the developer of the Aquarium of the Pacific. It was opened to the public on June 20, 1998.

Established in 1935, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra launched its 77th season in October 2011. Under the direction of Maestro Enrique Arturo Diemecke, the LBSO annually draws loyal audiences from the greater metro-coastal area to its six Classics concerts in the Terrace Theater, four Orchestra POPS! events in the Long Beach Arena and two Holiday Celebration concerts in the Terrace Theater. The Orchestra works 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 LBSO reaches more than 25,000 students a year.

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