What You'll Get
- $75 for two tickets to Long Beach Symphony presents Beethoven’s Fifth (up to $155.70 value)
- When: Saturday, May 30, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Terrace Theater at Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center
- Seating: orchestra
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.; pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Click here to view the seating chart
For its season finale, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra enlists the conducting expertise of Edward Cumming and the trombone-playing skills of Alexander Iles, who lends his interpretation to a once-lost Ferdinand David classic. The pièce de résistance: the legendary Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven.
- Mendelssohn—Symphony No. 4 “Italian Symphony”: “[i]t will be the jolliest piece I have ever done, especially the last movement,” wrote an ecstatic Mendelssohn as he composed his valentine to Italy. Staring with a merry sonata, the symphony ends in an even merrier uptempo dance movement.
- David—Trombone Concerto, Op. 4: Mendelssohn once promised a concerto to famous trombonist Karl Traugott Queisser but found himself too busy for the task. He recommended Ferdinand David, and in 1837, Trombone Concerto, Op. 4 was dedicated to Queisser. Its premiere was a group effort, with Queisser on trombone and Mendelssohn at the helm. Nearly a century and countless performances later, David’s composition was lost, but in 1985, Swedish trombonist Christian Lindberg rebuilt the score to its original three-movement glory.
- Beethoven—Symphony No. 5: everyone knows the iconic four-note melody that opens this composition. Dark and bold, it heralds the start of a four-movement symphony that sprang from turmoil both political and personal. When Beethoven wrote it, the Napoleonic Wars were roiling Vienna and Europe at large, and the composer himself was losing his hearing. Despite these obstacles and an initially lukewarm reception, Beethoven’s Fifth has since become one of the most famous symphonies of all time.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 31, 2015. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required by end of day on 5/29. Redeem on 5/30 for a ticket at venue will call. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at X. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Ticketmaster's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Long Beach Symphony
A community institution for over 80 years, the Long Beach Symphony has entertained generations of audiences. The Symphony produces six full symphonic classical concerts throughout the year at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Terrace Theater and five more eclectic POPS! concert events in the Long Beach Arena, entertaining more than 32,000 residents throughout the season. Outside of their concert events, the Symphony also provides over 24,000 local school children with access to music at their schools, libraries, and community centers, as well as ensembles and concert field trips for every LBUSD 2nd-5th grader in the public school system. Because music should be above all things accessible, Long Beach Symphony also offers free concerts at smaller venues and fun instrument petting zoos in spaces all over the City of Long Beach, like Cesar Chavez Park, Rainbow Harbor Lagoon, City Parking Garage, and Homeland Cultural Center.