Long Beach Symphony Orchestra launches 2010-2011 Classics Season on October 9

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long-beach-symphonyLong Beach Symphony Orchestra Launches its 2010-2011 “From Russia, With Love” Classics Season on October 9, 2010 With a Performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 Featuring Renowned Pianist Vladimir Feltsman.

Music Director Enrique Arturo Diemecke and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (LBSO) will “Rach” the Terrace Theater in Long Beach when prominent Russian pianist Vladimir Feltsman joins the Orchestra on Saturday, October 9, 2010 for a performance of the most famous Russian piano concerto of all time: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Also on the program: the famous audible art tour of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Prokofiev’s graceful Classical Symphony.

The concert launches LBSO’s 2010-2011 “From Russia, With Love” Classics Season and celebrates Maestro Diemecke’s 10th year as the LBSO’s conductor and music director.

“I am very happy and full of joy to begin my 10th year leading this fantastic orchestra,” says Maestro Diemecke. “This season we are going to be exploring a fascinating range of music composed by either Russian or Russian-trained composers, and we will welcome an impressive array of guest artists, including Vladimir Feltsman, whose performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will provide our audience with a thrilling musical experience.”

All LBSO Classics Concerts take place at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center in the Terrace Theater, 300 East Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concertgoers are invited to enjoy live entertainment from local music ensembles in the lobby prior to the concert. Popular Concert Previews are held from 7 to 7:30 p.m. before each Classics concert. These informative talks add considerably to the enjoyment of the evening by offering insight into the evening’s composers and their music. Opening Night Concert Preview host is KUSC-FM personality Alan Chapman.

Tickets start at $23. Student rush tickets are available. For more information, call (562) 436-3203, or visit the LBSO website.

The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra is proud to have Lexus as its 2010-2011 Classic Season sponsor. Wallboard Tool Company, Inc sponsors the concert.

About Vladimir Feltsman
Pianist and conductor Vladimir Feltsman is one of the most versatile and constantly interesting musicians of our time. His vast repertoire encompasses music from the Baroque to 20th-century composers. A regular guest soloist with leading symphony orchestras in the United States and abroad, he appears in the most prestigious concert series and music festivals all over the world. Last year, Mr. Feltsman returned to Avery Fisher Hall where he performed the Rachmaninoff Variations on a Theme of Paganini with the New York Philharmonic. He also opened the Hollywood Bowl Festival performing Prokofiev’s 2nd Piano Concerto. During the 2009-2010 season he returned to Carnegie’s Stern Hall in recital, his fourth recital there since 2004. He also performed Tchaikovsky’s 1st Concerto in Beijing, and the Paganini Variations of Rachmaninoff in London with the London Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Feltsman returned to his native Moscow to conduct the Moscow Virtuosi Orchestra and to St. Petersburg performing Brahms Second Piano Concerto with Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra.

Born in Moscow in 1952, Mr. Feltsman debuted with the Moscow Philharmonic at age 11. In 1969, he entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory of Music to study piano under the guidance of Professor Jacob Flier. He also studied conducting at both the Moscow and Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatories. In 1971, Mr. Feltsman won the Grand Prix at the Marguerite Long International Piano Competition in Paris; extensive touring throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe and Japan followed this. In 1979, because of his growing discontent with the restrictions on artistic freedom under the Soviet regime, Mr. Feltsman signaled his intention to emigrate by applying for an exit visa. In response, he was immediately banned from performing in public and his recordings were suppressed. After eight years of virtual artistic exile, he was finally granted permission to leave the Soviet Union. Upon his arrival in the United States in 1987, Mr. Feltsman was warmly greeted at the White House, where he performed his first recital in North America. That same year, his debut at Carnegie Hall established him as a major pianist on the American and international scene.

Mr. Feltsman’s extensive discography has been released on the Melodiya, Sony Classical, Music Masters, and Camerata, Tokyo labels. His discography includes eight albums of clavier works of J.S. Bach, recordings of Beethoven’s last five piano sonatas, solo piano works of Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Messiaen and Silvestrov, as well as concerti by Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev.

Mr. Vladimir Feltsman is an American citizen and lives in upstate New York.

About Enrique Arturo Diemecke and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra
The recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Artist of the Year Award from the Arts Council for Long Beach, Enrique Arturo Diemecke celebrates his 10th year as Music Director and Conductor of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra during the 2010-2011 season. Maestro Diemecke brings passion and panache to conducting and composing classical music, and has garnered rave reviews from audience members, the LBSO musicians, the community and the press. The Los Angeles Times noted, “Diemecke brings an insider’s savvy to music, revealing the inner heartbeat of a piece.” In addition to his post in Long Beach, Diemecke has been music director and principal conductor of the Flint Symphony Orchestra (Michigan) since 1990. He’s also principal guest conductor of the Orchestre National de Montpellier in France and in 2005 was named music director of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic. Among Diemecke’s many accolades are four Jean Fontaine Orpheus d’Or Gold Medals for “best vocal music recording” by France’s Academy of Lyric Recordings, including the 2010 Orpheus Prize for his recording of Jules Massenet’s opera, “The Juggler of Notre Dame,” starring Italian tenor Roberto Alagna. Diemecke received a Golden Record Award in honor of his best-selling recording of music by Revueltas, Chávez and Moncayo. In 2002, he was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the “best classical album” category for his recording, Chávez: Concertos for Violin and Piano. Diemecke has also been recognized as a talented composer whose playful pieces draw on a broad spectrum of cultural traditions. Maestro Diemecke’s Chacona a Chávez has received many performances both in Europe and the United States, including one by the LBSO in March 2001. His Camino y visión, based on the Don Quixote legend, was performed by the LBSO at the 2002-2003 season-opening night. Diemecke’s composition Libertad bajo palabra, commemorating Cinco de Mayo, debuted at a LBSO chamber-group concert at the Museum of Latin American Art in May 2003. And his Concerto a Celedonio, composed for legendary guitarist Pepe Romero, premiered during the LBSO’s 2004-2005 season.

Established in 1935, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra begins its 76th season in October 2010. Each year the LBSO draws loyal audiences from the greater metro-coastal area to its six Classics concerts in the Terrace Theater, four Symphony 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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