Arts | Conservation
April 9, 2013
On April 27 the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (LBSO), under the direction of Maestro Enrique Diemecke, will present a concert at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center in the Terrace Theater featuring the world premiere of Urban Ocean. This piece is a new work by Grammy Award-winning composer Steven Mackey commissioned for the Aquarium by supporters Dennis and Suzanne Poulsen.
Mackey describes his piece as “eleven minutes that cast the sea as mysterious, deep, vast, powerful and teaming with life, of which we can usually only perceive the tip of the iceberg so to speak, and the land as bright and bustling with bittersweet humanity. The two worlds are represented in their own distinct sections, then listened to, retreated into, emerging from and overwhelming one another. The end strikes a delicate balance between both.”
The project stems from the idea that the waters off Southern California are one of the world’s best examples of an urban ocean—a segment of the World Ocean used extensively and intensively by humans. This area is also one of the regions of the Pacific Ocean most intensively used by marine life, from dolphins and endangered whales to kelp forest animals.
“Our urban waters are vital to marine species and humans alike. In this region, industry, recreation, and wildlife all coexist in relative harmony in a delicate and dynamic balance. Music is a powerful medium to inspire change, and we hope people are moved to help secure a better future for our urban ocean,” said Dr. Jerry R. Schubel, Aquarium of the Pacific president and CEO.
“We are proud to work with Steven Mackey, LBSO, and the Aquarium of the Pacific to bring to life the excitement and importance of our urban ocean through this musical masterpiece,” Dennis and Suzanne Poulsen said.
The concert also features Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and the jazz-influenced Piano Concerto by Ravel, performed by award-winning pianist Alessio Bax.
Tickets to the April 27 concert are $20 to $89. Student rush tickets are available for $10 with valid ID, ninety minutes prior to the performance. Group discounts are also available. For more information, call (562) 436-3203, or visit LBSO.org.
All LBSO Classics concerts take place at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center in the Terrace Theater, 300 East Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach, California. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A pre-concert talk led by Classical KUSC Radio Host Rich Capparela will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and offers insight into the evening’s composers and their music.