Long Beach Opera – “Fantastic” Picnic Concert

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lbma Long Beach Opera the Long Beach Museum of Art Fantasies and Almost FantasiesOn Sunday October 24, 2010, Long Beach Opera in partnership with the Long Beach Museum of Art invites guests to spend the afternoon at a free picnic concert overlooking the ocean in celebration of the Long Beach GLOBAL initiative – October is Arts Month.

As part of her 15-city world tour, concert pianist Michelle Schumann will stop by the Museum for a solo recital titled, “Fantasies and Almost Fantasies,” featuring selections from Bach, Mozart, Chopin, John Corigliano, Philip Glass, David McIntyre, Fazil Say and John Adams. With its eclectic mix of composers, this concert has music to please everyone. Winner of the 2006 Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition, Michelle is known for “performances that are smart, irresistible, and utterly captivating.” (Austin-American Statesman.)


Johann Sebastian Bach – Chromatic Fantasy
John Corigliano – Fantasy on an Ostinato
W.A. Mozart – Fantasy in C minor, K. 475
David McIntyre – Butterflies and Bobcats
Frederic Chopin – Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 49
Philip Glass – Etoile Polaire
Fazil Say – Black Earth
John Adams – China Gates

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and picnics. Complimentary light appetizers (while supplies last) and beverages for purchase from an outdoor bar will be available on the lawn prior to the concert. (Beer and wine-$4, other drinks-$2.) No alcoholic beverages from the outside will be allowed into the concert area.

Also in the picnic area will be promotional tables for the Opera and Museum with season schedules as well as membership information. After the performance, admission will be free to the Museum galleries for the remainder of the afternoon.

The Fantasies and Almost Fantasies picnic/Michelle Schumann Piano Recital event is Sunday October 24, 2010 starting at 3:00pm the Recital portion begins at 3:30pm. The FREE event takes place at the Long Beach Museum of Art 2300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, 90803.

For Lunch Reservations at Claire’s at the Museum Restaurant:
Call 562-439-2119 ext. 270.

TRANSPORTATION: The Museum’s parking lot is located one block west of the main entrance. Concertgoers wishing to “Go Green” can leave their car at home by taking a Long Beach Passport bus from several Long Beach locations. The bus stops directly in front of the Museum. To find Passport stops and schedule visit the LB Transit website. Local picnickers can go even greener and ride their bikes to the concert.

HANDICAPPED ACCESS: Ramp access to the lawn is located in front of the main gallery entrance to the Museum of Art.

BRIEF BIO OF MICHELLE SCHUMANN: Concert Pianist Michelle Schumann has performed as a soloist internationally at festivals in England, Scotland, Germany,
Austria, France and Canada; and nationally at the Austin Chamber Music Festival,
Tanglewood, Bang on a Can, Long Beach Opera, and the Massachusetts Museum of
Modern Art as well as on musical collaborations with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the New York City Ballet. Additionally, Michelle is Artistic Director of the Austin Chamber Music Center. Long Beach Opera fans recall her memorable performance of “Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano” by John Cage as well as her critically acclaimed appearances as the pianist in Winterreise (2005 & 2007), and Orpheus & Euridice (2008). She holds a Doctorate from the University of  Texas-Austin and a Performers Certificate from the Vienna Conservatory.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For questions, call Long Beach Opera at 562-432-5934 or visit Long Beach Opera online or Long Beach Museum of Art online.
Long Beach Opera – Andreas Mitisek, Artistic and General Director
507 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA., 90802. Tel. 562-432-5934 “highly innovative” – Wall Street Journal • “daring” – The New York Times • “beloved wildcard of a west coast opera company” – Opera Now, London • “lbo remains an increasingly rare bastion of operatic innovation on the west coast” – Los Angeles Times • “opera at its most imaginative”- LA Weekly

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