LBSO Music Director Enrique Arturo Diemecke Takes the Podium For First of His Final Four Concerts
2014-01-15 · By Editor
On Saturday, January 25, at 8:00 p.m., Long Beach Symphony’s Music Director, Enrique Arturo Diemecke, takes the podium in his first of four final concerts with the Symphony at the Terrace Theater in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. The concert will be one of the Symphony’ largest of the season with 11 added percussionists, a piano soloist and dynamic music by Richard Strauss, Silvestre Revueltas and Benjamin Britten.
“Our third Classical concert of the season will be powerful and masterful, with all the grandeur that a Symphonic Orchestra can display,” stated Kelly Ruggirello, Executive Director of the Long Beach Symphony Association. “This is a night of celebration of the music, of the orchestra, and of our Maestro Diemecke.”
Saturday’s concert begins with a celebration of British composer Benjamin Britten’s 100th anniversary, with a performance of his Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra based on a theme from Henry Purcell. The nature of the concerto requires the fullest of symphonic orchestras and was intended to teach young people the sounds of the instruments and how they work together in a grand manner. The piece currently serves as the foundation for Long Beach Symphony’s long-standing, free education program, the Symphony Concerts for Young People, which will take place at the Terrace Theater the week before for thousands of Long Beach Elementary School children.
The concert program will feature a powerful piano solo by guest artist, Alexandre Moutouzkine, a Russian pianist who is internationally adored on concert stages throughout Europe and the U.S. Mr Moutouzkine will perform Strauss’ Burleske.
In the second half of the concert, Maestro Diemecke will treat audiences to Revueltas’ Noche de los Mayas, an orchestral tour-de-force that was commissioned in 1939 for Chano Urueta’s film of the same name. Some twenty years after the composer’s death, his compatriot José Ives Limantour edited portions of it to form the concert suite. A stunning cadenza for the expanded percussion in the final movement was added about fifteen years ago by Maestro Diemecke who at the time was the conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México. It is the Diemecke version that is widely played on concert stages today. With eleven percussionists, and Maestro Diemecke’s intimate ties to the piece, Saturday’s performance is sure to be a thrilling experience and a celebration of Diemecke’s accomplishments. For more information about the works, ticket holders may attend a 7:00 p.m. pre-concert talk by KUSC’s Rich Capparela.
Tickets start at $21; student tickets are available for $10. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit the Symphony’s website at www.lbso.org or call 562-436-3203, ext. 232.
ABOUT LONG BEACH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Established in 1935, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (LBSO) begins its 79th season in October 2013. Each year LBSO draws loyal audiences from the metro-coastal area to its six Classics concerts in the Terrace Theater and five Orchestra POPS! events in the Long Beach Arena, plus intimate chamber music concerts at various locations in Long Beach. The Orchestra 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 LBSO reaches more than 25,000 students a year. For more information, please visit www.lbso.org.