Long Beach Symphony Percussion Consortium Presents a FREE Performance at CSULB Sunday

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On Sunday, April 12, at 3:00 p.m., the Long Beach Symphony Percussion Consortium will present a FREE, outdoor chamber music program on the campus of California State University at MatterApp: Pyramidial, an art installation located between the great blue Walter Pyramid and the Bob Cole Conservatory.  

The public is encouraged to bring blankets, low beach chairs, picnics (no alcohol, please), sun hats and spread out on the lawn as the musicians, Long Beach Symphony Principal Percussionist Lynda Sue Marks, Principal Timpanist Gary Long and friends Dr. Dave Gerhart of the Bob Cole Conservatory at CSULB, Scott Higgins from Cal Lutheran University and Timm Boatman from Los Angeles Opera, invite audiences into their world of sound, featuring a 5-octave marimba, hang drum, chimes, cymbals, drums, Tibetan bowls and the structure itself, where they will enter into their kaleidoscopic, interactive, and improvisatory soundscape. This is live music from living composers, performed by live percussionists!

The Long Beach Symphony Sounds & Spaces and the Long Beach Symphony Percussion Consortium are delighted to be collaborating with CSULB, the University Art Museum and the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. This program has been created to be in, around and through the structure. Repertoire includes Daniel Levitan’s Variations on a Ghanaian Theme, Pau Smadbeck’s Rhythm Song, James Tenney’s Crystal Canon for Edgard Varèse, Michael Udow’s A Bird Whispered and Pieces of Wood by Steve Reich.

For those wishing to bike to the event, a free bike valet service will be provided, and free automobile parking is available on campus in Parking Structure 1 – Level one only.

The atmosphere at Sounds and Spaces is casual, and seating is on a first-come-first-served basis.  Since concerts usually fill up quickly, people are urged to arrive early to claim a seat and enjoy light refreshments at pre-concert receptions with the musicians.  Everyone who attends and signs the Symphony mailing list will receive a voucher for two free balcony-seating tickets at an upcoming Long Beach Symphony Classical concert of choice.

The 2014-15 free Sounds and Spaces events continue on May 17, when Long Beach Symphony musicians will perform at the Point Fermin Lighthouse Band Shell – a performance specifically targeted to families and children.  The final concert in the Sounds and Spaces season will take place at Rancho Los Cerritos on June 14.

Sounds and Spaces performances are made possible by funding from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Hennings Fischer Foundation, Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association and many individuals who pledged their support after experiencing the program last year.  For more information, please visit our website at www.lbso.org or phone 562-436-3203.

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