Concerts in the Park
Music will be in the air all summer in Long Beach.
Mark your calendars for these outdoor concert events.
Celebrate 110 years of the Long Beach Municipal Band Come out with your family and friends for music under the stars. Bring a blanket, chairs and food and enjoy the sounds of big band, pop, jazz and more. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and are FREE! For more information, visit www.lbparks.org
June 25 & July 2 at Whaley Park
July 9 at Chavez Park
July 16, 23 & 30 at Bluff Park
June 26 – July 31 at Los Cerritos Park
Thursdays (No concert July 4)
June 27 – August 1 at Marine Stadium
June 28 - August 2 at El Dorado Park West
Week 1 (June 25-28) American Folk Songs
The season’s opening concert draws from songs engrained in America’s cultural fabric. Barbara Morrison will perform with the Studio Band.
Week 2 (July 2-5 – No Concert July 4) “Indivisible With Liberty and Justice for All.”
In honor of Independence Day, enjoy a program of patriotic music with vocalist Beck Martin and the Studio Band.
Week 3 (July 9-12) A Constellation of Stars
Chart topping hits by musical stars will be the theme of week 3. Tony Galla will sing with the Studio Band.
Week 4 (July 16-19) Classical Favorites
Hear classical favorites from the band’s 110-year repertoire. Meloney Collins will perform with the Studio Band.
Week 5 (July 23-26) Spectacular Sounds of Cinema
Movie soundtracks provide emotional power that sweep up audiences in the action. Mark Kopitzke will add his classical jazz stylings to the sounds of the Studio Band.
Week 6 (July 30 – August 2) Toot, Whistle and Boom!
This concert will showcase compositions that involve audience participation including the “1812 Overture.” Nicole Kubis will end the season with the Studio Band.
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The Long Beach Municipal Band is one of the most distinguished and professional Municipal Bands in the United States. The player personnel in this wonderful ensemble includes the best of the Southern California's symphony, studio recording and jazz performers. This diversity of talent provides Long Beach audiences with impressive concerts of jazz, movie, musical and light classical literature. The Band also combines with talented guest vocalists weekly to guarantee that your family's summer evening in the park will be the highlight of the week.
The Long Beach Municipal Band has been entertaining area residents for over 100 years. Its history is well known and appreciated not only in this community but also in music circles around the world. Present conductor Larry Curtis continues a tradition of musical excellence established by such notable conductors as the famous Sousa cornet player Herbert L. Clarke and composer J. J. Richards.
Conductor Larry Curtis
Larry Curtis, after a distinguished career in university music performance, has achieved acclaim as a professional conductor. He will return for his sixteenth season this summer as director of the Long Beach Municipal Band, the nation's most distinguished professional community wind ensemble. Curtis' diverse musical background is exemplified by his more recent conducting engagements with the Sydney Wind Orchestra of Australia, the Los Angeles Brass Ensemble, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and the Americus Brass Band, an ensemble which performs on authentic instruments of the 19th century.
Notable performances include an "Imagination Celebration" concert in conjunction with New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, a live concert broadcast from Suisse Romane Studios in Geneva, Switzerland, a command performance for the "Society for the Preservation of Film Music," as well as conducting at the Hollywood Bowl. He has established an international reputation with his conducting achievements in Japan, Scotland, Canada, England, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Australia.