Maestro Edwin Outwater to Conduct Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, November 8
2014-10-22 · By Editor
On Saturday, November 8 at 8 pm, Edwin Outwater, the versatile young conductor of Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony will step to the podium of the Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center to lead the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra in the second of six Classical concerts. Maestro Outwater comes to Long Beach after a critically acclaimed 10-concert series as Music Director of San Francisco Symphony’s Summer Concerts. Equally at home interpreting canonical masterworks, premiering new commissions, and creating truly innovative, audience-building programming initiatives, the Southern California native conductor is as the San Francisco Classical Voice recently observed, “headed for a top-tier future.”
The program will first take audiences back to yesteryear with a performance of Rossini’s William Tell Overture, perhaps better known as the theme from The Lone Ranger on TV and radio. It will then segue into the 20th Century with British composer Gerald Finzi’s (1901-1956) Clarinet Concerto, a work of infectious lyricism featuring Long Beach Symphony’s Principal Clarinetist, Gary Bovyer. Bovyer, who also serves as principal clarinetist for the Hollywood Bowl and other top ensembles, acquired his love of British music from virtuoso Gervase DePeyer, with whom he studied; a musician who has the distinction of being the most-recorded clarinet performer. “This is a rarely-performed work,” explains Bovyer, “perhaps due in part to the difficult string parts. The style is reminiscent of Finzi’s British contemporaries, Elgar and Vaughn Williams.” Described by the Los Angeles Times as “soulful and astute…sparkling with grace and warmth,” Bovyer’s performance is sure to enchant.
Following intermission, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, which was originally composed as a piano duet for children, then transformed and expanded into a ballet in 1911, will charm patrons with music based on children’s tales such as Sleeping Beauty, Little Tom Thumb, Beauty and the Beast, and others. The evening concludes with music from another ballet of the same vintage, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. It is based on Russian folk tales of the magical glowing bird that can be both a blessing and a curse to its owner. But that’s where the similarities between the Ravel and this work end. Described as scary, highly charged, wild and unpredictable, this finale will have audiences riveted.
Long Beach Symphony Executive Director, Kelly Ruggirello, commented, “We are very excited to welcome Maestro Outwater to our orchestra and to our community. He is one of the most innovative conductors on the scene today and we look forward to benefiting from his creativity and energy.”
Maestro Outwater will spend a week prior to the Saturday performance in Long Beach, teaching a master class with the String Orchestra at Lakewood High School, holding several rehearsals with the orchestra, meeting with Symphony Board members, staff, and donors, and touring the area.
Ticket holders will enjoy pre-concert music in the theater lobby and may attend a 7:00 p.m. pre-concert talk by Maestro Outwater. This concert, and the entire Long Beach Symphony Classical concert series, is sponsored, in part, by Lexus.
Tickets start at $21; student tickets are available for $10. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit the Symphony’s website at www.longbeachsymphony.org or call 562-436-3203.