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 some of Southern California’s finest symphonic musicians, Long Beach Symphony celebrates its 84th season and the second full season under its Music Director, Eckart Preu (Eck-art Proy). The Symphony presents more than 100 concerts, education, and community programs annually that reach more than 100,000 residents—from toddlers to senior citizens.
Long Beach Symphony’s anchor series is its Classical Series of six full symphonic concerts held at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Terrace Theater as well as its five-concert POPS! Series held at the Long Beach Arena’s Pacific Ballroom. The Symphony also provides over 150 free music education programs in partnership with LBUSD schools, local libraries, and community festivals. A highlight of its music education programs are four full symphonic field trip concerts for 12,000 4th and 5th graders from EVERY LBUSD elementary school in Long Beach and a new Sunday Family Matinee free to all children and including an outdoor children’s 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.