Classical Series

Opening Night

American Fusion: Bernstein, Gershwin, Bates, and Zappa

Sep 29, 2018

8:00 PM

Opening Night

American Fusion

Sep 29, 2018 8:00 PM

A Classical fusion of pop, rock, jazz, Broadway, and electro-acoustic elements.

Tickets for this concert will go on sale on August 27.

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

Eckart Preu, Conductor

Terrence Wilson, Piano

A Classical fusion of pop, rock, jazz, Broadway, and electro-acoustic elements.

We open the season with an off-the-charts fusion of contemporary American music in celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein. In tribute to Bernstein’s fascination with Pop Music, we start the concert with a work by Frank Zappa who began his career in classical music but found acceptance only in pop/rock music due to his often-irreverent song titles. Zappa thought the work was too difficult for humans to play, so you won’t want to miss the Long Beach Symphony executing its throbbing motifs! Then, listen for jazz elements in Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra and in his iconic Rhapsody in Blue, a work Bernstein had played and recorded early in his career. The second half of the program will showcase composer Mason Bates (born 1977), a Bernstein protégé, whose Mothership offers virtuosic riffs over action-packed electro-acoustic orchestral figuration. This explosive program closes with music by the honoree: Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. 

Program and artists subject to change.

Eckart Preu, Conductor

A native of Germany, Mr. Preu came to the United States as winner of the National Conducting Competition of the German Academic Exchange Service (1996) for graduate studies with Harold Farberman at the Hartt School of Music where he also received the Karl Boehm Scholarship. …

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Terrence Wilson, Piano

Pianist Terrence Wilson has established a reputation as one of today's most gifted instrumentalists. In the United States he has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Washington, DC (National Symphony), San Francisco, St. Louis, and with the orchestras of …

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