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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(562) 436-3203 ext. 1

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

Eckart Preu, Conductor

Roger Wilkie, Violin

Cécilia Tsan, Cello


The Mermaid


Concerto for Violin and Cello, op. 102, A minor


On the Beautiful Blue Danube, op. 314


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

Eckart Preu is the new Music Director of the Long Beach Symphony! Maestro Eckart Preu (Eck-art Proy) Long Beach Symphony welcomes Maestro Eckart Preu as its new Music Director Designate for the 2016–2017 season.  Maestro Preu will begin his tenure with the Long Beach Symphony as its 8th …

Roger Wilkie, Violin

Roger Wilkie, Concertmaster and Southern California native, has enjoyed a rich and varied musical life. Born to a musical family, Mr. Wilkie’s professional career began in 1983, when at the age of 21 he joined the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, eventually being appointed principal second …

Cécilia Tsan, Cello

"Uncompromising musical character and a towering technique… In the breadth of her virtuosity and the charisma of her musical personality, Tsan made this work her own.” ~ (Daniel Cariaga/Los Angeles Times, about her performance of the Haydn D Major Concerto) Born in France, Cécilia Tsan …

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