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Long Beach Chorale to Premiere Chorale of the Jellies at Concert Featuring Ocean-Themed Music

The concert will be broadcast live online and will include movements from the Aquarium-commissioned Symphony of the Jellies arranged for voices for the first time.

Long Beach Chorale at Honda Blue Cavern exhibit

Long Beach Chorale at Honda Blue Cavern exhibit

May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016, Long Beach, CA—The Long Beach Chorale will perform a concert called Music in the Key of Sea at the Aquarium of the Pacific on Friday, June 10, 2016. Featuring fifty voices and accompanied by projected video, the Chorale will perform a program of ocean and marine life-themed music with the Aquarium’s Honda Blue Cavern exhibit as the backdrop. The chorale’s assistant director and pianist, Beth Syverson, will conduct the program.

Musical selections on the program include two movements from The Symphony of the Jellies, a piece commissioned by the Aquarium in 2015 and rearranged by the composer for the premiere of the Chorale of the Jellies. Originally an instrumental work, Symphony of the Jellies uses an algorithm developed by scientist Marty Quinn at Design Rythmics Sonification Research Lab to translate the movements of sea jellies into music. Composer Eddie Freeman of Icarus Music used the sounds to create musical motifs and orchestration. Freeman will conduct this portion of the concert. The program will also include OM for Chorus and Whale by Mark Barville, the Chorale’s founding director. This piece was first performed by the Chorale at the Aquarium on its opening day on June 20, 1998. Other music on the program will celebrate penguins, mermaids, and octopuses. The Chorale will also perform ocean-themed folk songs from Japan, Cuba, Italy, and the United States.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase before and after the concert, and attendees will be able to view the Aquarium’s exhibits. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per adult (ages 12+) and $18 for students with valid ID and children ages three to eleven. Aquarium members can purchase tickets at $25 for adults and $15 for member students and children. The ticket price includes Aquarium admission.

The Long Beach Chorale is led by Artistic Director Eliza Rubenstein and Assistant Director/Pianist Beth Syverson. Founded in 1988, the Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra has earned its reputation as Long Beach’s leading volunteer choral ensemble through its energetic and artful performances of a wide variety of repertoire. The Long Beach Chorale is equally at home singing the classics of Western music and the musical gems of cultures around the world. For more information, please visit

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