Long Beach Symphony Orchestra announces the 2010–2011 Classics season and Symphony Pops! season

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long-beach-symphony-orchestra 2010-2011Long Beach Symphony Orchestra Music Director Enrique Arturo Diemecke and Principal Symphony POPS! Conductor Steven Reineke are pleased to announce LBSOs 2010–2011 Classics season and 2010–2011 Symphony POPS! season. Both seasons begin in October, 2010, and feature music by renowned composers plus celebrated guest artists.

The 2010–2011 Classics season, “From Russia with Love,” opens on October 9, 2010 and runs through June 4, 2011. Among the pieces to be performed during the season are Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Piano Concerto No. 1, Respighi’s Pines of Rome, and many more timeless musical treasures. Special guest artists include Vladimir Feltsman, piano; Roger Wilkie, violin; James Walker, flute; Ilya Kaler, violin; Ian Parker, piano; and Haochen Zhang, piano.

The Symphony POPS! season opens with “Wicked Divas” on October 30, 2010.  In addition to guest stars from the cast of the hit Broadway musical Wicked, patrons are invited to dress for Halloween at this special costume party POPS! The annual Holiday Celebration concerts will be held in the Terrace Theater on December 11-12, led by guest conductor Stuart Chafetz. Other Symphony POPS! concerts during the 2010-2011 season include “The Music of John Williams,” Ellis Hall’s “A Tribute to Ray Charles,” and “Cirque de la Symphonie” with acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, and contortionists perform live on stage accompanied by the orchestra.

“The orchestra and I will take audiences on a luxurious musical journey to Russia—with love!” says Maestro Diemecke, who celebrates his 10th year as LBSO music director during the 2010-2011 Classics season. “Each concert is inspired by Russian composers and connections. I guarantee that audiences will relish the rich sounds of our Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, the gorgeous music of the world’s greatest composers, and the virtuosity of our special guest artists. It’s going to be an incredible season.”

“Trust me, I have a fantastic season of five Symphony POPS! concerts lined up,” says Reineke. “I’ve asked great musical talents from across the U.S. to join us onstage as we create four festive nights in the Long Beach Arena, and an all-new Holiday Celebration in the Terrace Theater. And, as always, each concert is designed to showcase your Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. ”

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. Concert previews begin at 7 p.m. for ticketed patrons. Season tickets are available now, with special discounts available for first-time subscribers. Single tickets go on sale September 10.

The Symphony POPS! concerts take place in the Long Beach Arena, 300 East Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach (the Holiday Celebration concerts are held in the Terrace Theater). For the Symphony POPS! concerts, the floor of the Long Beach Arena is adorned with 300 beautifully decorated tables of 10. Patrons can come early and bring their favorite foods and beverages of choice, or you can arrange to have a catered dinner. That’s why the LBSO Symphony POPS! is known as Southern California’s biggest indoor musical picnic!

Classics season subscriptions start at only $115. Symphony POPS! subscriptions start at only $97. Subscribers receive a special discount on additional single tickets to the Holiday Celebration at the Terrace Theatre. Other subscriber benefits include access to the best seats in the house, subscriber-only events, ultimate ticket exchange flexibility, free ticket replacement, tax-deductible ticket returns, and a subscriber dining discount card.

For more information, call (562) 436- 3203, ext. 1 or visit the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra website.

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