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 82nd year of presenting concerts and educational performances for nearly 60,000 residents annually. The Symphony welcomes new Music Director Designate, Maestro Eckart Preu (Eck-art Proy) who will begin his tenure as Music Director in the 2017–2018 season.
Long Beach Symphony produces six full symphonic Classical concerts throughout the year at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Terrace Theater and five POPS! concert events in the Long Beach Arena, attracting more than 35,000 residents. The Long Beach Symphony also provides a sequential, comprehensive music education program serving over 24,000 local school children with access to music at their schools, local libraries, and community centers, as well as educational ensembles and concert field trips for every 2nd through 5th grader in the Long Beach public school system.
Founded in 1935 as a permanent and professional symphonic orchestra, Long Beach Symphony has enjoyed consistent, generous, and enthusiastic support from individuals and businesses throughout the community. Serving as one of the major cultural institutions in the city, Long Beach Symphony has also benefited from a successful and storied past, including being the first regional orchestra to appoint a female music director in 1989 – JoAnn Falletta, who will lead the orchestra as guest conductor on June 10, 2017.
The Symphony has received international stature through its dedication to presenting both classical masterworks and contemporary as well as multi-cultural work through unique collaborations. Long Beach Symphony 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, the Long Beach Symphony regularly produces artistic collaborations such as with local organizations Musical Theater West, Long Beach Camerata Singers, Orange County School of the Arts, Jazz Angels, Museum of Latin and American Art, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach Museum of Art, Queen Mary, Live After Five, and Homeland Cultural Center. Long Beach Symphony was awarded the Long Beach Heritage Preservation Award in 2012 and the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Organization in 2015.