The mission of the Long Beach Symphony Association is to enrich our community by providing high quality traditional and contemporary symphonic music and educational experiences.
Featuring Southern California’s finest orchestra musicians, Long Beach Symphony marks its 84th season and second full season of its Music Director, Eckart Preu. (Eck-art Proy)
The Symphony presents more than 100 concerts and events a year and a rich array of education and community engagement programs that reach more than 300,000 residents from school children to senior citizens. Core to its offerings is a six-concert Classical series performed at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center – Terrace Theater as well as a five-concert POPS! series in the Long Beach Arena’s Pacific Ballroom. Another highlight is our youth concert field trips, which offer 12,000 LBUSD 4th and 5th graders a chance to experience a full symphonic concert each year. Last year, the Symphony added a new Family Concert, which is free to all children and includes an outdoor musical festival.
Founded in 1935, Long Beach Symphony serves as one of the major cultural institutions in the city. With a storied history, Long Beach Symphony had been the first regional orchestra to appoint a female Music Director in 1989. It has received international stature through its dedication to presenting both classical masterworks as well as rare, diverse, and multicultural work. It presented its first premiere in 1939 and since then has commissioned and/or premiered 22 works, including three composed by former Music Director Enrique Arturo Diemecke and eleven conducted by former Music Director JoAnn Falletta, a major proponent of contemporary music.
During Falletta’s tenure, the Symphony won the 1998 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and also produced two recordings entitled Impressions of the Sea (1998) and Pictures (2000). Committed to supporting arts and culture in the region, Long Beach Symphony regularly produces artistic collaborations with local organizations such as Musical Theater West, Long Beach Camerata Singers, California State University Long Beach, Jazz Angels, Museum of Latin American Art, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach Museum of Art, Queen Mary, Live After Five, Willmore City Heritage Association, and Homeland Cultural Center. Long Beach Symphony was awarded the Long Beach Heritage Preservation Award in 2012, the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Organization in 2015 and in 2017 was honored by the NAACP for promoting civil rights through the arts.