Special Event

RuMBa Foundation Family Concerts: Carnival of the Animals

Sunday, June 2, 2024

For more information or to buy tickets, call the Symphony box office at (562) 436-3203 ext. 1

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

Generously Sponsored By:

RuMBa Foundation

Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center

In Partnership With:

Long Beach Public Library

Long Beach Transit

Carnival of the Animals

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Eckart Preu, Conductor

Sunday, June 2, 2024

RuMBA Foundation Family Concert: Carnival of the Animals.

CHILDREN GET IN FREE! (17 and under). Adult tickets, $20 each. An Afternoon of Music — A Lifetime of Memories

Event Details:

What: Multi-cultural concert, activities, crafts, and interactive play for children and their families

When: Sunday, June 2nd, 2024: Activities from 1PM -3PM and 4PM to 5PM. RuMBa Foundation Family Concert from 3-4 PM

Where: Terrace Theater and Plaza: 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

Cost: Plaza festivities are free and open to the public, Kids get in Free to the concert, Adults 18+, $20

Free Parking! Free Transportation provided by Long Beach Transit: FREE transportation on a first-come-first-served basis. Going to the Terrace Theater: First pick-up will take place at the Michelle Obama Library (12:15pm). Second pick-up, at Mark Twain Library at 12:45pm // After the concert, the bus will leave the Terrace Theater at 4:45pm and take passengers to the Mark Twain and Michelle Obama Libraries.

This free festival-style event will be filled with activities, live music, interactive booths, and kid-friendly food. Children will enjoy playing with symphonic musical instruments at the “instrument petting zoo,” crafting their own batons for “Conducting 101” with our assistant conductors, arts and crafts hosted by Long Beach Public Library, “Acting Out” with Jewel Box Children’s Theater, photos with Orange Photobooth, lawn games, and more!  Children are encouraged to come in their favorite animal costume!

At 3PM, the Terrace Theater will open for children of all ages to enjoy an interactive, educational, and playful presentation by Maestro Eckart Preu, featuring an original remix of Saint-Saëns’s humorous and enthusiastic masterpiece “The Carnival of the Animals.” The stage will be filled with Long Beach Symphony musicians, dancers, and performers. The music will capture the many cultural corners of our Long Beach community, with rapper Lox Chatterbox, and “The Eagle” featuring Native-American Wild Horses Singers, “The Kinnari” featuring members of Ho Chan’s Cambodian Pin Peat Ensemble, “The Panda” featuring famous Chinese Erhu player, Karen Han, “The Swan” featuring Gaia Clark on Cello with ballerina Aurora Gray, “The Lizard” featuring Steel Drums by Dave Gerhart, “The Lion” featuring Dembrebrah African Drum & Dance Ensemble, and “La Culebra” or “The Cobra” featuring Mariachi. It will conclude as all these sounds come together as a true carnival! Join in the fun and learn about all the different sights and sounds that make up an orchestra.

“This is a multi-generational family fun day where kids of all ages create lifelong memories. We are extremely thankful to The RuMBa Foundation for their multi-year generous grant and the access it provides to so many families,” says Long Beach Symphony President Kelly Ruggirello.

Get inspired here by the music which will be presented by Music Director Preu in a family-friendly and beautifully interactive environment.

RuMBa Foundation Family Concerts are made possible by a multi-year grant from The RuMBa Foundation of Long Beach


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* Long Beach Symphony complies with all city health and safety mandates.**Programming subject to change.

Eckart Preu, Conductor

Eckart Preu (Eck-art Proy) began his tenure as Music Director of Long Beach Symphony in 2017. Critics, the orchestra, and audiences alike have celebrated his ability to combine well-loved masterworks with rare or newer works in programs offering dimension, sophistication, and spirit. Preu also currently serves as …

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