Join Long Beach Symphony POPS! and Papa Doo Run Run For a Surfin’ Safari

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Wax down your surfboard and head to the Long Beach Arena on Saturday, October 18, for a Surfin’ Safari with the Long Beach Symphony POPS! conducted by Grammy-nominated David Benoit, who was commissioned by the Symphony to arrange a medley of surf classics that will be presented with the popular vocal ensemble Papa Doo Run Run.

The audience will groove to Beach Boys classics like Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Help Me Rhonda, Wipe Out and other memorable tunes, all while enjoying the unique POPS! indoor picnic atmosphere. New to this year’s POPS! concert series is a special section of Bistro-style seating; an exclusive, more intimate, elevated seating area with 4-top tables, a complimentary drink based on the evening’s musical theme and private Bistro bartender service. The POPS! also offers seating at tables of ten or in arena seats. Regardless of seating preference, all POPS! patrons are invited to bring their own libations or to purchase food and beverage from Arena concessionaires or select local caterers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to allow time for dining and mingling with friends; the concert begins at 8:00 p.m.

Since launching his recording career in 1977, David Benoit’s accomplishments as a contemporary jazz pianist and composer have included over 25 solo recordings. His prolific output since 2000 includes several prominent Charlie-Brown-related projects that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit’s role as his musical heir. Benoit’s ever-expanding slate of orchestral music endeavors includes his ongoing role as conductor of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra and leading such eminent orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the symphonies of San Francisco and London, among others. In 2010, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Smooth Jazz Awards.

Benoit will be joined by Papa Doo Run Run, a band that specializes in songs from the heyday of surf music in the 1960s. Syndicated radio DJ, Don Bleu, described them as sounding “more like the Beach Boys than the Beach Boys do!”

Commenting on the concert, the Symphony’s Executive Director, Kelly Ruggirello, enthused, “This will be a season of favorite conductors and fun with top entertainers and our fabulous orchestra. The Long Beach Symphony POPS! concerts are a unique experience in Southern California. We encourage everyone to gather at Saturday’s concert for what promises to be a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable performance.”
Hailed by The New York Times as one of “Broadway’s electric conductors”, Todd Ellison is one of the most accomplished and sought after Music Directors working today.

Arena seating starts at $21. To purchase tickets to this concert, please call 562-436-3203, ext. 232, or visit the symphony website: www.lbso.org.

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