Strike up the band! The Long Beach Municipal Band goes behind the scenes at the movies this week. These great free concerts feature big band, pop, jazz, blues and more.
All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring your family, a picnic dinner and enjoy a wonderful evening outdoors in the park all summer long.
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.
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 more than 100 years. 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.
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.
June 27 – August 4. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Free
Tuesdays: July 18 & 25 @ Bluff Park, August 1 @ Veterans Park
Wednesday: Los Cerritos Park
Thursdays: Marine Stadium
Fridays: El Dorado Park West
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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 representive 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.
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.