Long Beach Symphony Pops! Presents Wicked Divas on Saturday, October 30

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lbsoCelebrate Halloween and enjoy a “wicked” evening of music when the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra presents Wicked Divas on Saturday, October 30, 2010 featuring Principal POPS! Conductor Steven Reineke and starring special guests Julia Murney and Erin Mackey from the Broadway show Wicked.

Murney and Mackey will perform classic songs from such notable Broadway shows as Chicago, My Fair Lady, The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Titanic, and of course, Wicked, all backed by the lush sounds of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra.

Audience members are invited to celebrate Halloween a day early and come dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes.

Join the “Party at the POPS!” with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. The floor of the Long Beach Arena is adorned with 300 beautifully decorated tables of 10, so bring your friends or make new ones. Come early and bring your favorite foods and beverages of choice, or ask us about having your table catered. It’s Southern California’s biggest indoor musical picnic!

Wicked Divas” starts at 8 p.m. at the Long Beach Arena, 300 East Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, 90802. Tickets begin at $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (562) 436-3203, or visit LBSO.org.

The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra is proud to have F&M Bank as its 2010-2011 Symphony POPS! Season sponsor.  The concert is sponsored by Valero.

ABOUT THE GUEST ARTISTS

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Erin Mackey is best known for playing the role of Glinda in the Chicago, Los Angeles and Broadway productions of Wicked. She was born in Fullerton, California, and participated in Fullerton Children’s Repertory Theater, where she was spotted by a manager and offered the opportunity to audition professionally for film and TV. Her first audition was for Disney’s The Parent Trap, in which she was cast as Lindsay Lohan’s acting double. In 2004, after graduating from Fullerton Union High School, she decided to pursue her main passion, theater, and attended Carnegie Melon University. After her freshman year of college, she auditioned for Wicked and was hired as a Swing for the First National Tour. After spending six months understudying the role of Glinda for the Chicago production of Wicked, she succeeded Stacie Morgan Lewis in the lead role on October 24, 2006. She completed her run in April of 2008, and then transferred to the Los Angeles production, where she played Glinda from May through September of 2008. She then performed the role in the Broadway production of Wicked from August 2009 through January 2010. She remains the youngest actress to have played the role of Glinda.

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Julia Murney last appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked after playing the role on the national tour, for which she received an Acclaim Award.  Other New York credits include Lennon, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (Drama Desk nomination), The Vagina Monologues, A Class Act, Saved, Crimes of the Heart, First Lady Suite, and Time and Again (Lucille Lortel nomination). She’s been seen regionally all over the U.S. – Signature, Williamstown, Reprise!LA, Sacramento Music Circus, NCT, Lyric, Rubicon and Goodspeed, to name a few-and in concert she has performed at Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s, The Kennedy Center, Caramoor, Town Hall and Birdland as well as with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and Steven Reineke and the Cincinnati Pops.  Among her TV credits are 30 Rock, Sex and the City, Ed, NYPD Blue, all three Law and Orders and about a gazillion voiceovers.  A Syracuse University graduate, her recordings include the original cast albums of The Wild Party and A Class Act, the Grammy nominated Actor’s Fund Benefit of Hair and her first solo album, I’m Not Waiting which is available on Sh-K-Boom records.

ABOUT STEVEN REINEKE & THE LONG BEACH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Steven Reineke began his tenure as The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra’s Principal POPS! Conductor during the 2009-2010 season. Reineke is also Music Director of The New York Pops, the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States. He holds the title of Principal Pops Conductor with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and is the Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, where for more than thirteen years he has served as a composer, arranger, and conducting protégé of the celebrated pops conductor Erich Kunzel. Reineke’s recent guest conducting appearances include the orchestras of Los Angeles, Toronto, Houston, Detroit, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Vancouver and Edmonton. In 2009 he made his Boston Pops and Philadelphia Orchestra debuts. In 2008 Mr. Reineke made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting The New York Pops 25th Birthday Gala. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut in 2007 with the multi-faceted entertainer Wayne Brady and returned to the Hollywood Bowl in 2008 to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition, Maestro Reineke conducted, arranged and orchestrated the music for Mr. Brady’s orchestral show and played the same role in his collaboration with rock legend Peter Frampton. As the creator of more than one hundred orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Reineke’s arrangements have been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. Steven Reineke is also an established symphonic composer. His works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America, with the most recent performances by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic in July 2008. In August 2008 his Sun Valley Festival Fanfare debuted with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony to commemorate the opening of the orchestra’s new pavilion. In 2005 his Festival Te Deum and Swan’s Island Sojourn were performed by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops, respectively. The Cincinnati Enquirer had this to say about Festival Te Deum: “Melodious and joyous, it had antiphonal brass in the balconies, organ, full orchestra and wonderful choral passages.” His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands around the world.

Established in 1935, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra begins its 76th season in October 2010. Each year LBSO draws loyal audiences from the greater metro-coastal area to its six Classics concerts in the Terrace Theater, four Symphony 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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