Long Beach Symphony Pops! Concerts opens with Orchestra Spectacular

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lbso-pops-concertsThe Long Beach Symphony Orchestra launches its 2009-2010 POPS! season on November 7, 2009, with “Orchestra Spectacular,” an exciting evening of symphonic fireworks featuring new POPS! Principal Conductor Steven Reineke leading the LBSO in festive music by John Williams (Main Theme from Star Wars), Leonard Bernstein (“America” from West Side Story), Puccini (“Nessun Dorma” from Turandot), Verdi (Grand March from Aida), and other popular composers. The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s powerful “1812 Overture.”

The “Orchestra Spectacular” concert takes place at the Long Beach Arena. Part of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, the arena accommodates more than 7000 patrons, with 3000 of them seated on the arena floor for pre-concert picnicking—hence the POPS! well-known brand, “Southern California’s Greatest Indoor Musical Picnics.” The outside of the building is covered by the world’s largest outdoor mural, Planet Ocean, created by internationally renowned marine-life artist Wyland.

The Long Beach Symphony’s “Orchestra Spectacular” starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at only $18. For more information, call 562-436-3203, or visit LBSO.org.

About the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra

Established in 1935, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (LBSO) celebrates its 75th Anniversary during the 2009-2010 season. Each year the LBSO draws loyal audiences from the greater metro area to its six Classics concerts in the Terrace Theater, four Symphony POPS! events in the Long Beach Arena and two Holiday POPS! 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 symphony concerts for young people—LBSO has historically reached as many as 50,000 students a year.

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