The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra has a contract with the local Musicians’ Union and will take the stage next month after a year and a half of silence.
The Long Beach Symphony Board of Directors voted this week to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all spectators, approved a new contract with the American Federation of Musicians, Local 353, and announced its 2021 schedule -2022.
The next season will start on October 23.
“I am delighted to hear that the Long Beach Symphony is reopening this fall,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement, “and I commend them for playing a leadership role in requiring proof of vaccination in order to ensure the safety of our residents. “
The board of directors approved the vaccination requirement and the new union contract on Tuesday, September 14.
Under the vaccination policy, the Long Beach Symphony will not accept a negative test in lieu of proof of vaccination, said Kelly Lucera, president and CEO of the organization.
As of Monday, September 13, 78% of all adults in Long Beach have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and nearly 65% of residents of all ages have received at least one dose, city data shows. .
The new labor agreement, meanwhile, has one more step to take.
The symphony and the union reached a tentative deal late last week and the board ratified it on Tuesday.
But the union must also vote on this.
About 80 musicians perform for the symphony in a variety of venues, making it the organization’s biggest expense. The previous union contract expired during the coronavirus pandemic.
The tentative agreement includes a pay rise and partial payment for concerts canceled due to the pandemic. The number of musicians who will participate in the different performances and the number of paid rehearsals are also part of the agreement.
The symphony survived the 18-month shutdown in surprisingly good condition, Lucera said – but not without help.
“On behalf of our Board of Directors, we would like to thank our loyal base of donors and patrons whose continued support has enabled us to endure this extremely difficult period,” said Chairman of the Board, Roger Goulette. “We are eternally grateful.”
The attention of the symphony, Lucera said, now turns to performance.
The Long Beach Symphony released its next schedule on Thursday morning September 16, with the first concert slated to be a POPS! at Long Beach Arena on October 23. It will feature music from the legendary band Queen.
The Terrace Theater will reopen on November 13 for the first classical concert under the direction of music director Eckart Preu. Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7” will be in the spotlight.
“I can’t wait to make music again with this amazing orchestra,” Preu said in a statement, “and I look forward to welcoming our wonderfully supportive audience once again to experience the power and healing of live music. “
Healing plays a central role in the rescheduled “Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust” concert, which is due to begin on January 8th. The concert will feature restored violins and other stringed instruments from the Holocaust.
The other classical concerts of the season are:
- February 5: Two concertos for two pianos with the Israeli piano duo Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg.
- March 12: Focus on fairy tales and folklore from Norway and Russia, including the very popular “The Firebird Suite” by Igor Stravinsky.
- April 30: Musical drama, with Pepe Romero performing “Medea” by Manolo Sanlúcar. Johann Sebastian Bach and Pieces by Franz Joseph Haydn are also on the program.
- June 4: The season finale will feature a new piece, “Global Warming,” by Michael Abel and Israeli-American cellist Inbal Segev. The final in the final will be “Scheherazade” by Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov.
The Long Beach Arena will host the POPS parties! concert on December 18th, with the Long Beach Camerata Singers joining the symphony for Christmas favorites, songs to sing along and more. Dr James K. Bass, Music Director of Camerata, will be on the podium.
The 2022 portion of POPS! The series features Brass Transit’s Musical Legacy of Chicago on February 12, and conductor Paul Shaffer – Dave Letterman’s longtime sidekick and musical director – will explore symphonic renditions of his favorite songs, with the legend of Motown Valerie Simpson, March 26. ! the season ends on May 21 with a celebration of the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin.
Information or ticket purchase: 562-436-3203 or LongBeachSymphony.org.