Classical Series

Opening Night

Eckart Preu Inaugural Concert

Oct 07, 2017

8:00 PM

Opening Night

Opening Night: Inaugural Concert

Oct 07, 2017 8:00 PM

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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

Roger Wilkie, Violin

Cécilia Tsan, Cello

OPENING NIGHT: ECKART PREU INAUGURAL CONCERT

Marking the beginning of a new era of orchestral music in Long Beach, Maestro Eckart Preu takes the podium for his inaugural concert as the Symphony’s new Music Director in this Opening Night of musical celebration. All of Long Beach and beyond are invited to gather as a community to welcome the new Music Director and to enjoy an unforgettable night of music.

The highlight of the evening will be Brahms’ Double Concerto, performed by two of Long Beach Symphony’s most beloved players, Roger Wilkie and Cécilia Tsan. The piece allows for violin and cello to conduct a dialog, ultimately bursting into a section where both play passionately together. By combining a violin and cello for the solo portions of his final orchestral work, Brahms was able to create an instrument with a sonority and range that neither alone could offer. The concert will close with the most famous waltz ever written, Johann Strauss’ On the Beautiful Blue Danube, in a celebration of what is to come this season.

Program and artists subject to change.

Eckart Preu, Conductor

Maestro Eckart Preu (Eck-art Proy) begins his tenure with Long Beach Symphony as its 8th Music Director. He also serves as Music Director of the Spokane Symphony (WA) and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Previously, he held the positions of Music Director of Stamford Symphony (2005–2017), Associate …

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Roger Wilkie, Violin

A Southern California native, violinist Roger Wilkie has been the beloved concertmaster of the Long Beach Symphony for 27 years this season. He has appeared as soloist throughout his career with the Symphony, performing the concertos of Brahms, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and more recently …

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Cécilia Tsan, Cello

Born in France, Cécilia Tsan began playing the cello with the same teacher as her childhood friend Yo-Yo Ma. After majoring in Philosophy and Chinese, she was accepted at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, under André Navarra, and was awarded the 1st …

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