Matt Catingub to Conduct LB Symphony Pops!

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Matt Catingub

Matt Catingub

On Saturday, November 23 at 8:00 p.m., the Long Beach Symphony welcomes Matt Catingub to the stage of the Long Beach Arena for an evening of infectious energy and soaring horns with music from Chicago, Steely Dan, and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Mr. Catingub wears many hats: saxophonist, woodwind artist, conductor, pianist, vocalist, performer, composer, and arranger, and patrons will hear these talents in many forms. Currently, Matt is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Glendale Pops. He will be joined by vocalist Anita Hall, known for her great versatility and also for being the wedding songstress for Bill Gates, and drummer Steve Moretti, who toured with Matt and Rosemary Clooney for six years and recorded two Grammy-nominated CDs with them.

Largely self-taught, Matt began learning the piano at age seven before switching to the alto saxophone at 16. A year later he was asked to play at the Monterey Jazz Festival, shortly thereafter becoming the youngest member of the Louie Bellson Big Band and establishing himself as a premiere jazz musician. During this time, Matt also began earning a reputation as a world-class big band arranger/composer. Over the years, Matt has formed his own bands and has served as Artistic Director and founder of the Hawaii Pops in Honolulu. l concert, which later became a Grammy nominated album.

In 2005, Matt’s work on the soundtrack for George Clooney’s “Goodnight and Good Luck” did lead to a Grammy win. The movie features his arrangements and tenor sax playing, as well as an onscreen appearance. His music can also be heard in the Oscar-winning film “A Beautiful Mind.”

Born to parents of Polynesian island descent, Matt is the youngest son of great jazz vocalist Mavis Rivers. He was introduced to music through his mother’s albums for Capitol Records and Frank Sinatra’s Reprise label and performed alongside her until her passing in 1992. To this day, her influence, both musically and culturally, continues to inspire Matt’s work.

Long Beach Symphony’s POPS! concerts are indoor picnicking events where people gather to eat, drink and enjoy easy music. Patrons may bring their own libations or purchase food and beverage from Arena concessionaires. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to allow time for dining and mingling with friends; the concert begins at 8:00 p.m. The POPS! season is sponsored by F&M Bank, and the Matt Catingub concert is underwritten by Valero Energy.

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

The POPS! season continues on February 8, 2014, with music of the Rat Pack starring the Copa Boys, then celebrates St. Patrick’s Day on March 15, with Ronan Tynan, founding member of the worldwide sensation, The Irish Tenors. The season finale on May 3, Broadway’s Greatest Hits, promises to be a toe-tapping sing-along.

About Long Beach Symphony Orchestra

Established in 1935, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (LBSO) began its 79th season in October 2013. Each year LBSO draws loyal audiences from the metro-coastal area to its six Classics concerts in the Terrace Theater and five Orchestra POPS! events in the Long Beach Arena, plus intimate chamber music concerts at various locations in Long Beach. The Orchestra partners 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. For more information, please visit

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