Long Beach Symphony Orchestra launches 2011-2012 “Vienna Nights” Classics Season

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Long Beach Symphony Orchestra launches 2011-2012 "Vienna Nights" Music Director Enrique Arturo Diemecke and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra launch the Orchestra’s 2011-2012 “Vienna Nights” Classics Season on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach.

“This opening concert to our Vienna Nights season highlights three remarkable composers who have unusual connections not only to Vienna, but to each other,” says Maestro Diemecke.

The concert begins with the romantic Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod, a story of unrequited longing that is musically conveyed through Wagner’s harmonic tensions. Then comes Mahler’s delicate yet powerful Rückert Lieder featuring mezzo-soprano Barbara Dever, whose voice has delighted audiences around the world. The concert closes with Tchaikovsky’s elegant yet electrifying Symphony No. 4, filled with dramatic elements that reflect upon a tumultuous era in the composer’s life.

The opening night concert is a celebration of Gustav Mahler as both composer and conductor. His Viennese connections to Wagner and Tchaikovsky led to glorious collaborations in popular classical music. This concert honors the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death. A special celebration with the Orchestra’s musicians will be held on the Terrace Theater Plaza after the concert.

Tickets start at $25. Student rush tickets are available for $10 with valid I.D., 90 minutes prior to the concert. Or, full-time college students may purchase a $35 season pass with extra perks. For more information, call (562) 436-3203, or visit LBSO.org.

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 Pre-Concert Talks are held from 7 to 7:30 p.m. before each Classics concert. These informative talks – led by KUSC radio personalities or noted musicologists – add considerably to the enjoyment of the evening by offering insight into the evening’s composers and their music. The Opening Night Pre-Concert Talk host is KUSC 91.5 FM radio host Alan Chapman.

LBSO Classics Concerts are an ideal date night or an evening out with friends. Many enticing restaurants are within a short walk of the Terrace Theater, so dining before – or even after – a concert is easy and fun. The Visit Long Beach website has a list of local restaurants.

Concertgoers often wonder what to wear to a symphony concert. While some concertgoers do dress casual, you may be more comfortable dressing up a little. It’s a grand affair and a who’s who around town, so go ahead and dress up for a nice night out in vibrant downtown Long Beach. Visit the LBSO website for tips on concert etiquette.

To read the program notes and listen to samples of the music for this concert, visit the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra’s concert preview page.

The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra is proud to have Lexus as its 2011-2012 Classics Season sponsor.

About Enrique Arturo Diemecke & 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 11th year as Music Director and Conductor of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra during the 2011-2012 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.”

Read Maestro Diemecke’s full bio on the LBSO website.

Established in 1935, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra launches its 77th season in October 2011. Each year the LBSO 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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