L.B. Symphony Plays for 12,000 Students

More than 12,000 fourth and fifth graders from local schools recently attended the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra’s annual Symphony Concerts for Young People.

For 37 years, the Symphony has partnered with the Long Beach Unified School District to provide educational programs that supplement the district’s comprehensive music curriculum. These programs now reach about 25,000 students each year.

The recent concerts took place over two days at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center’s Terrace Theater.

Students heard classics including Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World,” “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Mambo” from Bernstein’s “West Side Story” and “Jupiter” from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets Suite.” The orchestra also performed two movements from Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” and John Williams’ “Star Wars” theme song.

The kid-friendly selections were chosen in collaboration with LBUSD Music Curriculum Leader James Petri. The Symphony also provided participating schools concert-related educational materials for teachers to incorporate into their lesson plans.

The Earl B. and Lorraine H. Miller Foundation sponsors the concerts. Learn more about the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra and its educational programs.