History

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. The Symphony has served as its city’s cultural institution and symbol of the growth and history of Long Beach. It has also benefited from a successful and storied past, including being the first regional orchestra to appoint a woman as its music director in 1989 – JoAnn Falletta.

More recently, the Symphony has grown in international stature and influence under the direction of Maestro Enrique Diemecke, who brought original compositions, world-premieres, and celebrated soloists to the Symphony’s repertoire. Under his tenure, Maestro Diemecke conducted the world premiere of his own work, Concierto a Celedonio, composed at the request of the celebrated guitarist Pepe Romero to standing ovation. He also conducted the U.S. premiere of a multimedia composition Dos Visiones, a unique collaboration between the Long Beach Symphony, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) with Gregory Luke, and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico.

In the 2006–2007 season, the Symphony commissioned David Newman to compose Concerto for Winds, uniquely featuring principal woodwinds in their role as soloists. In 2012–2013, the Symphony performed the World Premiere of composer Steven Mackey’s Urban Ocean.

This season, the Symphony continues with six exceptional guest conductors at the helm. Newly named Music Director, Eckart Preu (Eck-art Proy) will begin his tenure with the Long Beach Symphony as its 8th Music Director in the 2017–2018 season.