Classical Series

Opening Night

85th Anniversary

Sep 28, 2019

8:00 PM

Opening Night

85th Anniversary

Sep 28, 2019 8:00 PM

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Long Beach Performing Arts Center,
Terrace Theater
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

Eckart Preu, Conductor

Paul Huang, Violin

Ligeti

Concert Românesc (Romanian Concerto)

Dvořák

Violin Concerto in A minor, op. 53

Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64

We open the celebration of our 85th Anniversary with music by Hungarian composer Ligeti (b. 1923), whose music has been heard in soundtracks to some of Stanley Kubrick’s most famous movies: The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. In contrast to those, his Romanian Concerto incorporates folk melodies from his childhood. Despite those innocent roots, it was still considered too modernist for communist Hungary when it was composed in 1951 and was not performed publicly until 1971. Like Ligeti, Bohemian composer Antonin Dvořák was also adept at weaving folk songs into his music, as can be heard in his Violin Concerto, one of Dvořák’s most popular works. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 bears testimony to the composer’s skill as an orchestrator and his powerful evocation of the idea of fate throughout.

Eckart Preu, Conductor

Maestro Eckart Preu (Eck-art Proy) began his tenure as Music Director of Long Beach Symphony in 2017 and has already made a strong impression on the city of Long Beach, surrounding regions, and with critics for his programming and dynamic stage presence. Critics, the orchestra, and audiences alike have celebrated his ability to …

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Paul Huang, Violin

Recipient of the​​​​ prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, violinist Paul Huang is ​quickly​ gaining attention for his eloquent music making, distinctive sound, and effortless virtuosity. The Washington Post proclaimed Mr. Huang as "an artist with the goods …

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