Classical Series

Beethoven’s Ninth

Jun 08, 2019

8:00 PM

Beethoven's Ninth

Jun 08, 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

Long Beach Camerata Singers, Chorus


Royal Fireworks Music


Symphony No. 9, op. 125, D minor

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 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. …

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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