Classical Series

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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Eckart Preu, Conductor

Long Beach Camerata Singers, Chorus

Kala Maxym, Soprano

I-Chin Lee, 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.

Program and artists subject to change.

Eckart Preu, Conductor

A native of Germany, Mr. Preu came to the United States as the 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 …

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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 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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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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