Oct 01, 2016

Long Beach Symphony Opening Night

Oct 01, 2016

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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Benjamin Rous, Conductor

Doug Tornquist, Tuba


Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy

Vaughan Williams

Tuba Concerto


Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major


Maestro Benjamin Rous will kick off our season with a “rous”ing performance of Prokofiev’s Symphony #5 in B-flat major– a true expression of the grandeur of the human spirit. Written in 1944, this virtuosic work is bright, energetic, and optimistic and a perfect start to the season. The night will also showcase the versatility of our orchestra musicians with a unique performance of Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto in F Minor performed by Principal tuba, Doug Tornquist. The program begins with Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet Overture Fantasy – a beloved work whose love theme has been popularly used in dozens of television shows and movies. Come out and welcome in the new Classical season!

Program and artists subject to change.


Benjamin Rous, Conductor

Admired for his dynamism on the podium, Benjamin Rous was hired as Associate Conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and quickly became a favorite among audiences throughout southeastern Virginia. Promoted to Resident Conductor in 2013, he took on an expanded role in the …

Doug Tornquist, Tuba

Tenured in 1998 “A player of astonishing flamboyance” (Los Angeles Times) and “impressive dash” (Orange County Register), Doug Tornquist has been a part of Southern California’s freelance musical world since 1987, including serving as Principal Tuba for Long Beach Symphony. He grew up on a farm in the San Joaquin Valley, and came to …