Instrument Petting Zoo for Kids!

Long Beach Symphony’s beloved Instrument Petting Zoo is back! IPZ is a collection of orchestral instruments that travel around to neighborhood libraries and community events to provide children with a hands-on exploratory music education experience.  Our knowledgeable volunteers give a special presentation to explain how each instrument works, how to produce a sound, and how each instrument fits into the orchestra. Afterwards, children have the chance to put what they learned to the test and try each instrument.  The Instrument Petting Zoo is designed to pique the interest of young children in playing an instrument and create lifelong music lovers.


2024 Instrument Petting Zoo Summer Dates

Tues. June 18 from 12:30-2:30pm

Harte Neighborhood Library

1595 W Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90810


Thurs. June 20 from 12:30-2:30pm

Los Altos Neighborhood Library

5614 E Britton Dr, Long Beach, CA 90815


Sat. June 29 from 10:30-1:30 pm

Long Beach Family Arts Festival at the Grace First Presbyterian Church

3955 N Studebaker Rd, Long Beach, CA 90808


Tues. July 2 from 12:30-2:30pm

El Dorado Neighborhood Library

2900 N Studebaker Rd, Long Beach, CA 90815


Fri. July 5 from 12:30-2:30pm

Billy Jean King Main Library

200 W Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802


Tues. July 16 from 12:30-2:30

Dana Neighborhood Library

3680 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807


Fri. July 12 from 1:30-3:30pm

Redondo Beach Public Library

303 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277


Thurs. July 18 from 12:30-2:30 pm

Ruth Bach Neighborhood Library

4055 N Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90808


Tues. July 30 from 12:30-2:30 pm

Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library

5870 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805


Thurs. Aug 1 from 12:30-2:30 pm

Mark Twain Neighborhood Library

1401 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90813


Thurs. Aug 22 from 4:30-6:30 pm & from 6:30-8:30 pm

Stroll and Savor, Sip and Shop

Belmont Shore, Long Beach CA


Sun. Aug 25 12:30-3:30 pm

Happy Sundays Festival at the Compound

1395 Coronado Ave, Long Beach, CA 90804

JOIN US on Sunday, October 6th 

Kids Get in Free!


Interested in volunteering?

Long Beach Symphony will provide the supplies, instruments, and information for each IPZ, but we need volunteers!


· Give a quick demonstration on each instrument to the attending children/ adults

· Supervise children and adults when playing instruments

· Sanitize instruments from person to person


· An interest in music education

· Training meeting attendance

· Available to volunteer for at least 2 dates

If you or someone you know are interested in volunteering, please contact [email protected] or call (562) 436-3203 ext. 224.



The Instrument Petting Zoo is generously sponsored by The Wolfe Foundation, and Ovation! – Volunteers of the Long Beach Symphony

For questions and more information contact [email protected] or call (562) 436-3203 ext. 224.


The Instrument Petting Zoo is generously sponsored by The Wolfe Foundation and Ovation! – the Official Volunteers of the Long Beach Symphony
Crescendo ~ An Evening in Barcelona

Honoring Farmers & Merchants Bank and Mr. W. Henry Walker with Long Beach Symphony’s 2024 Luminary Award

Join Long Beach Symphony for an unforgettable night of music and festivities during Crescendo ~ An Evening in Barcelona. We invite you to the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) for our annual benefit dinner, featuring performances by Esencia Flamenca and the Symphony’s Principal Trombone Alex Iles and his jazz quartet. The evening begins with cocktails and silent auction in the Sculpture Garden, then the Symphony’s renowned, one-of-a-kind live auction.

5 PM | Cocktails and Silent Auction

7 PM | Dinner, Luminary Award presentation, and music by The Alex Iles Jazz Quartet

Individual tickets and sponsorship tables can be ordered here. Single tickets are $350 each and sponsorship tables start at $5,000. For more information, please contact Mark Hilmar, Development Manager, at [email protected] or 562.436.3203 ext. 226.


Help us unite and inspire all people through the transformative power of music

All proceeds benefit the Long Beach Symphony’s artistic and education programs.

2024 Crescendo Organizing Committee

Cindy Costello, Co-chair

Charlotte Ginsburg, Co-chair

Barbara Blackwell

Bobbie Cusato

Margie Masterson

Lexus Champions for Charity, December 6-10: Opportunity Drawing on October 31, 2023




Win a Once-in-a-Lifetime $10,000 Golf Experience — with a $100 ticket*

Only 150 tickets will be sold

Win the chance to play a twosome in the exclusive

2023 LEXUS Champions for Charity National Championship

a 54-hole, 3-day event that includes the exclusive





*Buy 1 ticket for $100; 6 tickets for $500; 13 tickets for $1,000!

Tickets may be purchased by phone (562-436-3203) or by U.S. Mail (download form HERE). Raffle will take place on Tuesday, October 31, 2023.   Ticket holder need not be present to win. The winner will be contacted no later than November 1st, 2023.

GOLF DATES: December 6-10, 2023

• Pebble Beach Golf Links
• The Links at Spanish Bay
• Spyglass Hill Golf Course

• 54 hole event, three days of play, 18 holes/day
• Two person better ball, Amateurs Only
• All players must have verified handicaps and must present handicap cards at tournament registration to be a competitor in the tournament; percentage of handicap will be used. If you have no verified handicap, you may still play, you will simply not be eligible to win or place in the tournament.

•$30,000 divided between 1st 3rd place in the NET DIVISION
•$30,000 divided between 1st 3rd place in the GROSS DIVISION
• Daily hole in one opportunities to win Lexus automobiles

• Includes transportation between Monterey Peninsula or San Jose International Airports and Pebble Beach Resorts, as well as transportation among tournament sites
• Guest Program package available at additional cost
• Participants are responsible for their own airfare and accommodations unless otherwise arranged through the local charity tournament. The host hotel for the Lexus Champions for Charity National Championship will be The Inn at Spanish Bay. All arrangements at The Inn must be made through a Lexus Champions for Charity representative
• Long Beach Symphony will pay the winner’s applicable prize taxes

•For more information, contact John Cross at [email protected], or (562) 436-3203, ext. 222



Purchase your Opportunity Tickets!

Download the form here to include with your payment

Or Order By Phone @ 562-436-3203

**Raffle tickets will be mailed to you once your order is placed**


Those with a passion for golf can appreciate the qualities of balance, grace, and precision – words that aptly describe Lexus automobiles. Those who play the game also appreciate the virtues of competition, generosity, and charity all of which can be found in the Lexus Champions for Charity Program. Beginning with 63 events in 1989, Lexus Champions for Charity has helped raise over $500 million for worthy causes throughout the country. This year, the program will assist charitable organizations at over 100 events nationwide. Lexus Champions for Charity pairs great golf with philanthropy, as amateur golfers participate in tournaments held at the finest golf and country clubs throughout the United States. Lexus supports the local tournaments by making a donation to each associated charity, while offering competitors the opportunity to win a Lexus and represent their charity in the annual Lexus Champions for Charity National Championship at Pebble Beach Resorts in December. The charities represented by the Top 3 Net Division and Top 3 Gross Division teams will divide a $60,000 purse, with the winning net and gross team claiming $15,000 for its hometown charity.


25th Annual Long Beach Symphony Golf Classic

Join us for the Symphony’s annual Golf Classic and support our vast music education programs in partnership with the Long Beach Unified School District.

9:00am                  Check-In Opens with light Breakfast and Driving Range Available
9:15-10:00am        Putt for Vino 🍷 Contest 
10:30am                 Shotgun Start

Golf Classic Guidelines

  1. Pace of play set at 4.5 hours
  2. Format is a Shamble – everyone tees off then best ball.
  3. All putts “inside the leather” (24” maximum) are good.
  4. Double bogey is the stroke maximum. If you play to a double bogey, pick up your ball and record your score.  
  5. Maximum of two Mulligans and one Throw if Player Packet (wristband) was purchased.
  6. Two best scores of the foursome count towards the team Net & Gross scores.
  7. Team Prizes include both Low Net and Low Gross winners.

Golf Classic Contests with Prizes

  • Closest to the Conductor
  • Closest to the Pin
  • South Bay Lexus Hole-in-One Contest — Win a 2023 Lexus NX 250*
  • Beat the Pro’s Par 3 Tee Shot
  • Straightest Drive
    *Lexus model subject to change                                                                

10:30am                Boxed Lunch To Go
3:15pm                  Hosted Bar & Silent Auction
4:15pm                  Dinner & Dessert
5:00pm                 Live Auction, Prizes, & Awards

2023 GRAND PRIZE – TaylorMade Golf Club Fitting

Win $1,250 toward a TaylorMade fitting and your choice of a full set of irons or three woods including 1 driver and 2 fairway woods. Every golfer is entered but you must be present at post-tournament drawing to win!


Virginia Country Club
4602 N. Virginia Road
Long Beach, CA 90807


Monday, December 4, 2023


All proceeds from the 25th Annual Long Beach Symphony Golf Classic support the artistic, educational and community engagement programs of the Long Beach Symphony. Long Beach Symphony is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Non-profit tax ID#: 95-6004958.


This is a Free, community event presented by Long Beach Symphony. The evening will start at 4pm on the Long Beach Terrace Theater Plaza delighting participants in the enjoyable “Night Market” spirit. Take part in this event that includes a variety of foods for purchase, as well as entertainment, curated artistic installations on display in the theater lobby,  and good fun. Two concerts will take place, at 5PM and 7PM as entertainment continues on the Plaza till 9PM.

Written and directed by the world-renowned Cambodian American rapper, praCh, KHMERASPORA is a musical performance that tells the Cambodian American experience. Featuring three world premieres by internationally renowned Cambodian composer, Chinary Ung, this artistic collaboration unites musicians from Long Beach Symphony conducted by Music Director Eckart Preu, and Cambodian instrumentalists, dancers, and singers. A documentary film by award-winning filmmaker Caylee So memorializes the project and videographer Robert Chhaing-Carleton’s video will ensure that KHMERASPORA has a global presence and impact.


Artistic Partners

Eckart Preu, conductor

Musicians of Long Beach Symphony

praCh Ly, writer, producer, director, performer

Chinary Ung, composer

Mea Lath, dance choreographer

Chhom Nimol, singer

Chrysanthe Tan, violinist

Kaitlyn Mady, flutist

Kalean Ung, actress

Modern Apsara, Cambodian dancer ensemble

Ho Chan Ensemble, Cambodian instrumentalists



This program is part of Long Beach Symphony’s Musical Bridges, a community engagement initiative that celebrates the artistry of the many diverse communities in Long Beach through free, collaborative multicultural performances.

Long Beach Symphony's Musical Bridges


RuMBa Foundation Family Concerts: Magical Musical Kingdom!
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, October 6th, 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: Kids get in Free! Adults 18+, $20. Free Parking! 

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. Enjoy arts and crafts, “Acting Out,” lawn games, and more!  Children are encouraged to come in their favorite 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. The stage will be filled with Long Beach Symphony musicians, dancers, and performers.  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.

Reserve tickets for the October 6, 2024 Concert

Reserve tickets for the June  8, 2025 Concert

This concert is conducted 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


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

24th Annual Long Beach Symphony Golf Classic

The Symphony’s Golf Classic Field Is Now Full

Please contact John Cross at 562-436-3203 if you would like to place yourself on our waiting list.



Virginia Country Club

4602 N. Virginia Road

Long Beach, CA 90807



Monday, December 5, 2022



All proceeds from the 24th Annual Long Beach Symphony Golf Classic support the artistic, educational and community engagement programs of the Long Beach Symphony. Long Beach Symphony is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Non-profit tax ID#: 95-6004958. Click here for sponsorships and entry.



Closest to the Conductor
Closest to the Pin
South Bay LEXUS Hole-in-One Contest
Buy the Pro’s Par 3 Tee Shot
Longest Drive
Straightest Drive



10:00am: Check-In, Light Breakfast, and Driving Range Available
10:30am: All New Putt for Vino!
11:30am: Shotgun Start (Best Ball Format) & Lunch On The Go
4:00pm: Hosted Bar and Silent Auction
4:30pm: Dinner & Dessert
5:00pm: Auction, Prizes, & Awards

2022 GRAND PRIZE – Win $1,200 toward a TaylorMade fitting and your choice of a full set of irons or three woods including 1 driver and 2 fairway woods. Every golfer is entered but you must be present at post-tournament drawing to win. Golfers are then welcome to stay for Monday night football – New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers!

For tournament information, contact John Cross at (562) 436-3203 ext. 222 or at [email protected].

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