The Long Bay Symphony presents its 2021 Classical Series being held at First Presbyterian Church! Beginning in January, four special programs will be introduced throughout the year. Virtual tickets will be available for purchase for each concert. Availability for in-person attendance will be announced as more information is available.
Strings: Romantic and Modern
Sunday, January 31st, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
Tickets on Sale – December 28th
A concert exploring the wide expressive range of the string orchestra. The lush Romanticism of Italian opera master Giacomo Puccini’s somber elegy, Chyranthemums, is contrasted by the neo-Baroque dance-like elegance of the “Holberg” Suite by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. The musical character of the great Eastern European Jewish tradition is beautifully conveyed in Meira Warshauer’s Yiddish Fantasy, and both the progressive and accessible sides of Aaron Copland’s music are explored in his Nonet and the famous “Hoedown” from the ballet Rodeo (in the composer’s own arrangement for strings).
Going for Baroque
Sunday, February 21st, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
Tickets on Sale – January 25th
Great classic pieces from the Baroque era are highlighted in this program, including Suite No. 1 from the beloved Water Music by George Friderich Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Orchestral Suite in C, and concertos by the Italian master of works for solo performer and orchestra, Antonio Vivaldi, with Long Bay Symphony members as guest soloists. PLUS, as an added feature, a select group of Long Bay Youth Symphony musicians will join the LBS in this performance!
Stravinsky’s The History of a Soldier
Sunday, March 28th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
Tickets on Sale – February 22nd
The iconic 20th-century composer’s dramatic setting of a classic Russian folk tale about a young soldier who sells his soul (represented by his violin) to the devil. Stravinsky, who ascended to fame through brilliantly colorful ballet scores for large orchestra, demonstrates in this work an astounding economy of means made necessary by the social and economic challenges surrounding the First World War.
From the Sublime to the Ridiculous
Sunday, April 18, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.
Tickets on Sale – March 22nd
A program serving up pieces in a fascinating variety of styles, from Romantic opera composer Richard Wagner’s unique miniature work, Siegfried Idyll (a musical tribute to the birth of his son), to Façade, an edgy yet charming setting by Sir William Walton of Dame Edith Sitwell’s humorously outrageous poetry. Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas weaves a wild pastiche of motives from native folk tunes in Ocho por Radio, while Gustav Mahler wonderfully conveys the essence of the German folk spirit in his song settings from Des Knaben Wunderhorn.
Virtual Tickets – As virtual tickets go on sale for each concert, purchasing will be made available from our ticketing partner, TicketSpice. Direct links to purchase virtual tickets will be found on Long Bay Symphony’s website, social media accounts, and by e-mail. Viewing access will be sent by e-mail after purchase, and only active for the date of the concert.