Beethoven’s Ninth

Jun 08, 2019

8:00 PM

Beethoven's Ninth

Jun 08, 2019 8:00 PM

Enduring music of pomp and unity: Handel’s "Royal Fireworks" and Beethoven’s epic 9th Symphony.

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

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Concert Sponsors

Mahoney Law Group, APCMr. and Mrs. Kevin Mahoney--Ovation! - Volunteers of the Long Beach Symphony--Dottie and Ken* Reiner

Official Hotel Sponsor

Eckart Preu, Conductor

Long Beach Camerata Singers, Chorus

Kala Maxym, Soprano

I-Chin Feinblatt, Alto

Jason Francisco, Tenor

Steve Pence, Bass

Enduring music of pomp and unity: Handel’s “Royal Fireworks” and Beethoven’s epic 9th Symphony.

We celebrate the end of this glorious season with enduring music of pomp and unity. First up: Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music, an orchestral suite composed for an outdoor festival celebrating the end of the War of the Austrian Succession (1740–48). This jubilant work is notable for its opening trumpet fanfares. It is said that King George II had forbidden Handel to use any string instruments; seeking the proper musical balance for his composition, however, Handel did not comply entirely with that mandate. Our finale for the evening is Beethoven’s monumental 9th Symphony that incorporates 4 vocalists and a chorus in the well-known “Ode to Joy,” based on Schiller’s poem of the same name. The libretto puts forth a society of universal brotherhood and it is literally on that note that we bid you adieu.

This concert is sponsored in part by Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Mahoney, Mahoney Law Group, APC, Dottie and Ken* Reiner, and Ovation! – Volunteers of the Long Beach Symphony.

Program and artists subject to change.



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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Long Beach Camerata Singers, Chorus

The Long Beach Camerata Singers was founded in 1966 by Frank Allen as the Vocal Arts Ensemble and served as the resident chorus for the Long Beach Bach Festival, which he founded in 1973. In 1983 Dr. David Wilson, a professor of choral music at …

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Kala Maxym, Soprano

Praised by the Boston Globe for her “lustrous” voice, German-born soprano Kala Maxym has performed on opera stages and in concert venues across the United States and abroad. For much of her operatic career, Kala performed as a mezzo-soprano, playing such roles as Hänsel in Hänsel …

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I-Chin Feinblatt, Alto

I-Chin “Betty” Feinblatt, Mezzo-Soprano, is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton in Vocal Performance and Music Education. She currently sings professionally with Pacific Chorale, the John Alexander Singers and First Presbyterian Church in Old Town Orange. Ms. Feinblatt has performed as a chorister and …

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Jason Francisco, Tenor

Tenor Jason Francisco sings professionally with Los Angeles Opera and San Diego Opera. He has also soloed with Pacific Chorale, the John Alexander Singers, Pacific Symphony and the Corona Del Mar Baroque Orchestra. Jason has appeared and/or toured with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, …

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Steve Pence, Bass

Steve Pence is a frequent soloist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, having recently appeared with them in Bach’s Magnificat, St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, and Handel’s Messiah. He has also performed solos in Bach’s B-Minor Mass with the Los Angeles Chamber Choir, in Elijahwith the Lark Society, and in Brahms’ Requiem with the …

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