Long Beach Municipal Band Summer Concert Series

The Enchanting World of Music

WEEK 1

Strike Up the Bands

We start off the 2017 Summer Concert Series with a salute to the Big Band Era when Swing was king and dance floors across the Nation resounded with the music of great dance bands such as Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, and Duke Ellington.  Add the sensational vocalist Barbara Morrison to the evening and this concert will be one you won’t want to miss!

WEEK 2

From Sea to Shining Sea

This title is borrowed from the last strain of “America the Beautiful” and is a perfect way to introduce music associated with the various regions of our country. Join us on this musical journey, which ends in Washington D.C. with a stirring tribute to the branches of our military followed by our National March, “Stars and Stripes Forever!” The energetic singing of Becky Martin ends the evening with a bang.

WEEK 3

Those “Looney” Tunes

Bring the kids, young and old, as this music was written for all ages. If you like, come in costume for the occasion!  Animated movies provide inspiration for composers to let their hair down and create the craziest and zaniest of music. It takes highly trained performers to play it well. Come listen and enjoy as your Long Beach Municipal Band gives it a try. The beautiful and talented Nicole Kubis joins the party.  Fun for the entire family.

WEEK 4

Behind the Scenes

Early movie theaters showing silent films realized the need to add live music in order to create more emotional involvement with their audiences. This process continues today. This concert’s selections were originally composed as background material to enhance a film’s drama. These scores presented such a powerful statement that, even though intended to be “behind the scenes,” they are now as famous as the films themselves.  At the “front of the scene” will be the stylized vocalization of Meloney Collins.

WEEK 5

Cinemagic – The Music of John Williams

John Williams is the most prolific composer of our time. The volume of his works for films and concert halls speak for themselves.  Over 110 films scores, 15 orchestral works, and 12 television show themes – all in the last 40 years! To date, John Williams has received over 50 Grammy awards. Conductor Curtis has selected a representative group of compositions for your enjoyment in honor of this great American music icon. To add to the festivities we welcome vocalist Julie Ragins to the stage.

WEEK 6

The Music of a Generation

This last week of our 2017 season promises to be one of the highlights of summer. Each generation has its own soundtrack. This program presents some of the most defining voices from the late 50’s into the 80’s. From ultimate Classic Rock, to Pop, R&B and the Blues we end the season with a rollicking good time!  Vocalist Tony Galla returns with the Studio Band to round out our enchanted summer of music.

TWO ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES

Elm Street Band
August 11th

Knyte Ryder
August 18th

Long Beach Camerata Singers Present Handel’s Messiah

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Long Beach Camerata Singers (LBCS) is an 80-voice choir that has provided Long Beach residents with high-quality choral music for almost 50 years. On December 20, they will perform G.F. Handel’s Messiah, a beloved work that is part of many families’ holiday tradition.

Join the LBCS at 4:30 PM on December 20 for their annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, with a professional orchestra and top-notch soloists, at the Long Beach City College Auditorium.  The performance will be followed by a free reception.  Tickets are $30 general admission or $40 for preferred seating. Click here to purchase tickets online. Be sure to use the coupon code POSTCARD for a 20% discount!

Great Sand Sculpture Contest

On Sunday, August 17, I had the great honor of being a judge at the 82nd Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest. I had a great time talking with all the families and groups that entered the contest. There were so many amazing and creative sculptures! It was a beautiful day to be out on the sand, enjoying the company of so many great people. If you haven’t been out to see the contest, I highly recommend making a trip out to Granada Beach next year! Check out some of the photos:

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It was a beautiful day at the beach. This sculpture was crafted by professional sculptors as a centerpiece for the contest and all the amazing work the community contributed. Congratulations to all the creative sculptors that won awards!

 

August 12th, 2014

This week we approved the licensing for a brand new restaurant in the 5th District, Stiks and Stohns. When it opens, Stiks and Stohns will be a great place for the community to get together to enjoy Modern American cuisine.  I was able to get a sneak peek at the menu and it looks great.  Stiks and Stohns will be located at 4111 North Viking Way. I look forward to welcoming more businesses to the 5th District and making the process as easy as possible so they can focus on being successful. The tax dollars from bringing more businesses to Long Beach will pay for the services we rely on: public safety, parks, libraries, streets, and sidewalks.
 
We also continued the 2015 Budget process, hearing presentations from more City Departments.  I look forward to hearing your input at our upcoming Community Budget Meeting on August 25th.

Website Updates Underway

You may have noticed that my website looks a bit different. I will to be adding several new features in the next few weeks to make this page a great resource for the residents of the 5th District. In the meantime, thank you for your patience as construction is underway.