Classical Series

AN EVENING OF MOZART

Apr 29, 2017

8:00 PM

An Evening of Mozart

Apr 29, 2017 8:00 PM

Doors open at 6:30 PM
Pre-Concert talk at 7:00 PM

For more information and tickets call the Symphony box office at (562) 436-3203 ext. 0

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

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Robert Istad, Conductor

Long Beach Camerata Singers, Choir

Elissa Johnston, Soprano

I-Chin Lee, Alto

Nicholas Preston, Tenor

Randall Gremillion, Bass

MOZART

Overture to The Magic Flute

MOZART

Symphony No. 25 in G minor

MOZART

Requiem

AN EVENING OF MOZART

The Symphony welcomes Robert Istad to the podium for this can’t miss all-Mozart program that begins with Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute, composed in 1791, just 9 weeks before his death. As well as high comedy and romance, The Magic Flute possesses a serious ethical side, and we hear both these qualities in its remarkable overture. Composed in 1773, when Mozart was only 17 years old, the evening continues with the composer’s Symphony No. 25, with wide-leap melodic lines and engaging syncopation. The second half of the concert features Mozart’s iconic Requiem in D Minor. The Requiem was composed in 1791, but remained unfinished at the time of Mozart’s death. Stories abound as factiously portrayed in the 1984 film, Amadeus, concerning who actually completed it, though most scholars attribute its final iteration to Suessmayer in 1792. Though some of the facts put forth in that film may not be entirely accurate, the genius of Mozart’s Requiem is irrefutable. The choral component of the work will be fulfilled by the Symphony’s artistic partner, Long Beach Camerata Singers, for which Istad serves as Artistic Director.

Program and artists subject to change.

Robert Istad, Conductor

Robert Istad is the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers and Long Beach Bach Festival. Under his leadership, the Long Beach Camerata Singers have performed with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Long Beach Opera. Istad’s innovative programming and dedication …

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Long Beach Camerata Singers, Choir

Long Beach Camerata Singers was founded in 1966 by the late Dr. Frank Allen as the Vocal Arts Ensemble. The choir became the producer and resident chorus for the Long Beach Bach Festival. Under the direction of USC Professor Dr. David Wilson (1983-2005), the 50-voice …

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Elissa Johnston, Soprano

Recently cited by the Chicago Tribune for the “exquisite beauty, sensitivity and precision” of her singing, soprano Elissa Johnston enjoys performing a wide range of repertory. Her recent performances include Handel’s Messiah in Tokyo and Osaka with the Telemann Chamber Orchestra, the west coast premiere …

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I-Chin Lee, Alto

I-Chin “Betty” Lee currently sings professionally with Pacific Chorale, the John Alexander Singers, and is the cantor at St. Paul’s Cathedral Center in Echo Park. Ms. Lee has performed as a chorister and soloist with Pacific Chorale on numerous occasions. Appearing mostly as Alto soloist in Bach’s Mass in B …

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Nicholas Preston, Tenor

Praised by the Orange County Register as being “resonant and warm” and by the classical music site Bachtrack as “a ringing stentorian tenor”, Hawaii native Nicholas Preston, is in demand as a soloist in Southern California and beyond, having performed throughout California, and touring as a soloist in France, Italy, …

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Randall Gremillion, Bass

Randall Gremillion is a former Metropolitan Opera Regional Finalist and winner of the Jan de Gaetani Prize at the the Naumburg Competition in New York. He was an Apprentice Artist at Indianapolis Opera and then spent five years in the cast of Phantom of the Opera in San Francisco before …

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