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 83rd season and the inaugural season of its new music director, Eckart Preu (Eck-art Proy).
Long Beach Symphony produces six full symphonic Classical concerts throughout the year at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Terrace Theater and five POPS! concerts in the Long Beach Arena’s Pacific Ballroom, attracting more than 35,000 residents.
Long Beach Symphony also provides over 150 free music education programs annually at LBUSD schools, local libraries, and community festivals reaching over 24,000 students. A highlight of our 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.
Founded in 1935, 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.
The Symphony has received international stature through its dedication to presenting both classical masterworks and contemporary as well as multicultural 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, 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 and 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 and the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Award for Outstanding Non-profit Organization in 2015. It will receive an honor at the NAACP awards this November.