At-Home-Together Online - July
The clips are listed in reverse chronological order, so be sure to scroll down and watch them all!
July 27, 2020
Cindy Ellis Plays "Dusk" by Katherine Hoover
Katherine Hoover, an American flutist and a composer, was a prodigy, and wrote this piece for the piccolo, which our Symphony musicians Cindy plays here beautifully. "Dusk" is a mysterious-sounding piece, full of tensions and bright colors. Cindy is accompanied here by pianist Jung-A Lee.
July 23, 2020
LB Block X Block Plays "Stämlåten"
LB Block X Block, an ensemble of Symphony musicians who live in Long Beach, performed a piece called Stämlåten arranged for flute, viola and bass by Ben Smolen, who commented: "This is just a small teaser of a piece called Stamläten. This venue was the best acoustics we’ve had so far. Outside setting with indoor hall like acoustics! And check out all the neighbors from the balcony. So much fun!"
July 20, 2020
Cindy Ellis and Jung-A Lee Play "Night Soliloquy"
Symphony flute and piccolo player Cindy Ellis presents a special performance of Kennan's "Night Soliloquy," accompanied by pianist Jung-A Lee. Programmed in 1943 by Toscanini for NBC's orchestra, the piece has remained popular ever since.
July 17, 2020
Constance Deeter Plays Levitin
Symphony bassist Constance Deeter performs Yuri Levitin's Sonata for Double Bass! Levitin was a Soviet-era Russian composer, and finished his musical studies in Leningrad under Dmitri Shostakovich.
July 15, 2020
Joshua Ranz Plays a Bach Prelude
Accomplished Symphony bass clarinetist Joshua Ranz is back to perform Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the great composer's classic, "Well-Tempered Clavier." Finished in 1722, "Das Wohltemperierte Clavier" contains preludes and fugues in all 24 major & minor keys.
July 14, 2020
Cindy Ellis and Jung-A Lee Play Amy Beach
Symphony Flute and Piccolo player Cindy Ellis joins pianist Jung-A Lee to perform Amy Beach's "Hermit Thrush at Morn." Cindy gives some excellent background on this fascinating female composer.
July 12, 2020
Agnes Gottschewski Plays Debussy
In her ongoing series of "Porch Concerts," Symphony violinist Agnes Gottschewski performs Debussy's "Reverie" - her violin translation truly highlights the French composer's knack of lyricism.
July 10, 2020
Jennise Hwang Plays "Moon River"
Symphony violinist Jennise Hwang returns to provide a self-duet rendition of "Moon River," the beautiful ballad written by the great Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer in 1960. This timeless classic was first heard in 1961's "Breakfast at Tiffany's."
July 9, 2020
Agnes Gottschewski Plays Bach
Symphony violinist Agnes Gottschewski continues her Porch Concert series with the slow movement of Bach's C Major Sonata.
July 6, 2020
LB Block x Block Play "Blackbird"
Three principal musicians, and LB Block x BLock members, perform the Beatles classic, "Blackbird" - Principal Flute Ben Smolen, Principal Bass Michael Franz and Principal Viola Meredith Crawford perform this intricate song in the key of G.
July 4, 2020
America the Beautiful" with Pacific Chorale and American Feel Young Chorus
Happy July 4! We're so excited to share this mosaic performance of "America the Beautiful" with the world, featuring the incredible talents of Pacific Chorale and American Feel Young Chorus. This performance is dedicated to the frontline workers during this pandemic-—we have such a deep gratitude for their work.
Originally written as a poem entitled "America" by Katharine Lee Bates, this future patriotic anthem was set to the music of Samuel A. Ward's "Materna," for the hymn "O Mother dear, Jerusalem," in 1910. 110 years later, we're here to perform it for you, together yet apart.
July 1, 2020
Joshua Ranz Plays Coldplay
Symphony bass clarinetist Joshua Ranz recently performed Coldplay's "When I Need A Friend," a beautiful song with a potent message.
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