On Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8pm at the Terrace Theater of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., the Long Beach Symphony will pay tribute to all branches of the armed forces with a program of music by American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries entitled A Salute to Heroes: A Veterans Day Concert.
To facilitate attendance by those who are currently serving or have served, the symphony is offering 500 free tickets to veterans and their immediate family members through Vettix (vettix.com), US Vets and Rock for Vets.
“Maestro Preu has programmed a Veterans Day concert that conveys human bravery, sacrifice, honor,and loss,” said the symphony’s executive director, Kelly Lucera. “We are honored to invite those who have served in the military and their families to a concert that will evoke feelings of pride and peace on Veterans Day.”
The program opens with the sounds of brass and percussion in Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” which was written in response to the US entry into World War II. This well-known work will be followed by another iconic American composition: Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings: (1936). Considered by many to be the most popular of all 20th-century orchestral works, this work of pathos and catharsis is frequently heard on solemn occasions and in films, including the announcement of JFK’s death and in the film Platoon.
Next, the symphony will recognize all branches of the armed forces– and all veterans in attendance– with Bob Lowden’s medley “Salute to the Armed Forces.” To round out the first half of the program, the symphony will perform William Grant Still’s “Symphony #2 in G minor, Song of a New Race” (1937), which was written as a representation of yearning, sorrow, humor and aspiration in the African-American community of the 1930s. Still was often referred to as the dean of African-American composers.
Following intermission, audiences will hear living composer Anna Clyne’s work for 15-piece string ensemble, “Within her Arms” (2009), a somber, deeply felt meditation on loss, composed in memory of Clyne’s mother.
The program concludes with Ferde Grofé’s “Grand Canyon Suite,” a five-movement work that evokes the sounds of nature in an homage to the beauty of the American landscape.
The concert will be conducted by the symphony’s new music director, Eckart Preu, who will also lead a pre-concert talk at 7pm.
Tickets to the concert start at $25 with student tickets available for $10. Veterans may reserve their tickets in advance through vettix.com and claim them at the will-call window at least 20 minutes before the performance; unclaimed tickets will be given out to veterans and their family members on the waiting list.
For more information or to purchase tickets and subscriptions, visit LongBeachSymphony.org or call (562) 436-3203 ext. 1. Tickets are also available on Ticketmaster.
Source: LB Symphony