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Long Bay Symphony Presents March Concert

Ken Olsen performs in Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia Festival. © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2013

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance that will showcase iconic music examples from the Classical period through twentieth century modernism. The concert takes place on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center.  An exploration of the Classical Period style through two jovial masterpieces- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Impresario Overture and the Symphony No. 8 of Ludwig van Beethoven- and that style’s lasting influence into the twentieth century modernism, through the dark intensity and satirical humor of the Cello Concerto No. 1 by Dmitri Shostakovich and the tongue-in-cheek parody of Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 (“Classical”).   Tickets range from $25 to $50.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

LONG BAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS “ENDLESS LOVE”

The Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Endless Love” on Sunday, September 25, 2016, featuring guest soloists Adrienne Danrich and Ann Benson, Actors from Atlantic Stage, and the Carolina Master Chorale.

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance that will showcase popular symphonic classics expressing the eternal power of love. The concert takes place on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center.  Experience music’s ability to convey the enduring power of love from the great comedic and tragic elements of Shakespearean romance in Felix Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Overture to West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein to the ardent yearning for love’s eternal union in Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde Prelude and Debussy’s The Blessed Damozel. The original version of Johann Strauss, Jr.’s On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltzes, with men’s chorus, wonderfully portrays a nostalgic love of homeland. You will also hear melodies from Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances which were incorporated into the Broadway musical Kismet, in songs such as “Stranger in Paradise”. Tickets range from $25 to $50.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.  

The Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Guild hosts Beethoven, Blue Jeans & BBQ

The Long Bay Symphony Guild will host Beethoven, Blue Jeans & BBQ from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Inlet Affairs in Murrells Inlet, SC. BBQ_flyerThe menu includes pulled pork BBQ with rolls, chicken bog, mac and cheese, coleslaw, baked beans, banana pudding and sweet tea.  There is a cash bar and a raffle for gift baskets.  Music and dancing by DJ Legendary Dave O. Proceeds will benefit the Long Bay Symphony and the Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra. Tickets are $50 per person. For reservations call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit  1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.  

Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Some Enchanted Evening”

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance of a selection of classic songs from “The Great American Songbook.” The concert takes place on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 7 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center.  Never out of style, these songs from well-known composers such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin, have been recorded by artists from Bing Crosby to Bette Midler.  This toe-tapping performance will have you singing along.   Guest artist Anne Runolfsson recently completed a 2 year run on Broadway as the tempestuous diva, Carlotta Giudacelli in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera, the longest running show in Broadway history.  Sal Viviano has appeared with over 120 Symphony Orchestras in Pops concerts around the world, with current bookings up to 2 years in advance.   Tickets range from $25 to $50.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit us at 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.  

Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Beethoven & Blue Jeans” in Myrtle Beach, SC

Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Beethoven & Blue Jeans” on Sunday, March 6, 2016, featuring Hye-Jin Kim, an award winning violinist.

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance of popular masterpieces by three great composers. The concert takes place on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center.  ad for March 6 2016 concert The audience will experience Handel’s Overture to Music for the Royal Fireworks and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, one of the most famous violin concertos of all time.  Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 will complete this dazzling evening.  Hye-Jin Kim, an award winning violinist, will be a guest artist.  Born in Seoul, Korea, she began her violin studies at age 8.  She has performed as a soloist with several renowned orchestras and appeared in numerous major venues around the world.  At the invitation of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hye-Jin performed at the U.N. Headquarters in both Geneva and New York.   Wear your favorite pair of blue jeans if you like!   Tickets range from $25 to $50.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit us at 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

The Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Regional Influences” on Sunday, November 8, 2015

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance of Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto featuring award-winning clarinetist Narek Arutyunian [Pronounced: Nah-rehk Ah-roo-tuhyoo-nee-in]. Sunday, November 8 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Performing Arts Center. This concert promises to excite audiences of all ages! Selections include the Overture from Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, Johann Strauss’ Emperor Waltz, Manuel de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat, Suite, Debussy’s Premier Rhapsody for clarinet and, of course (!) Copland’s jazzy Clarinet Concerto. Audiences will thrill to hear how these composers wove popular musical elements into their compositions. Tickets range from $25 to $50. Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit us at 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach. Program Details Dr. Charles Jones Evans, conductor Narek Arutyunian, clarinet soloist
Narek Arutyunian Shot NYC March 2014

Narek Arutyunian

Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents Pomp & Circumstance

Maestro Charles Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra (LBSO) in the presentation of Pomp & Circumstance: English Splendour on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at 4 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach High School Music & Arts Center.Jessica_Lee The Long Bay Symphony continues its 27th season – Great Masterpieces, Masterfully Performed –with the incomparable riches of the English classics. Be enthralled by the splendor of Elgar’s marches; relax and enjoy the delicate interweaving of Vaughan Williams’’ folk songs; get excited by Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” This concert also highlights returning guest artists Jessica Lee performing Walton’s Violin Concerto. Concert Preview with Maestro Evans at 3:15 pm. Dr. Evans discusses the musical and historical features of the works and their composers in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. This educational event is FREE to all ticket holders. Program Details Dr. Charles Jones Evans, conductor Jessica Lee, violin soloist Purchase tickets for Musical Postcards by calling 843.448-8379 or online at www.LongBaySymphony.com. You may also visit the Box Office located at 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach. Admission: Tickets range from $20 to $50, student discount available.

Long Bay Symphony Season Highlights

The Long Bay Symphony begins its 27th season – Great Masterpieces, Masterfully Performed – on Sunday, September 28th with one of the epic masterpieces of all times, Beethoven’s Ninth, which is a pivotal work in music history that exploded the technical and emotional boundaries of the classical symphony. Chorus and soloists present Friedrich Schiller’s poem “Ode to Joy” which is an expression of Beethoven’s own faith in universal brotherhood. The Classical Series continues with an exciting variety of concerts from across the musical spectrum including Tchaikovsky and the Romantic Spirit which highlights the Romantic period; Musical Postcards, a journey into exotic lands and rituals; concluding with “Pomp & Circumstance:”  English Splendour featuring British music with its distinct character, reflecting the noble air and nostalgia of a great empire. 2014Jul24 LBS Orchestra Classical Series performances are held on Sundays at 4:00 pm in the Myrtle Beach High School Music & Arts Center, 3302 Robert Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach, SC.  Reserved seat tickets are $20 - $50 and discounted season packages are available. Sunday, September 28, 2014 - Beethoven’s Ninth featuring chorus and vocal soloists Ravel................................... Le Tombeau de Couperin Beethoven.......................... Symphony No. 9 Sunday, November 9, 2014 - Tchaikovsky and the Romantic Spirit featuring Ken Olsen, cello soloist Brahms............................... Academic Festival Overture Victor Herbert................... Cello Concerto No. 2 Tchaikovsky....................... Symphony No. 4 Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Musical Postcards featuring Daria Rabotkina, piano soloist Chabier............................... España Mendelssohn..................... Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”) Ravel................................... Piano Concerto in G Rimsky-Korsakov.............. Russian Easter Overture Sunday, March 8, 2015 - “Pomp & Circumstance:”  English Splendour  featuring Jessica Lee, violin soloist Elgar.................................... Pomp & Circumstance March No. 4 Vaughan Williams............. Norfolk Rhapsody Britten................................ Variations on a Theme of Purcell (Young Person’s Guide) Walton............................... Violin Concerto The Chamber Orchestra Series features a smaller, more intimate orchestral performance beginning with the traditional holiday “sampler” of seasonal masterpieces and concluding with an enthralling variety of classics for string, woodwind and brass ensembles, as well intriguing works for other instrumental combinations.  Chamber concerts are presented throughout the Grand Strand and general admission tickets are $20 each.  Discounted season packages are available. Musical Classics for the Holiday Season December 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach December 7, 2014 at 2:30 pm Wheelwright Auditorium CCU and 7:00 pm Our Lady Star of the Sea, North Myrtle Beach Smaller Treasures: Masterpieces from the Chamber Repertory May 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach May 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm All Saints Church, Pawleys Island The Pops Series promises to be another audience-pleaser.  On October 18th the Long Bay Symphony presents Movie Music Spectacular: The Music of John Williams including music selections from movie hits such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Superman, E.T., Schindler’s List and more!  In April, “Back Home Again” – A Tribute to John Denver featuring Tom Becker (former member of the legendary folk group, The New Christy Minstrels) and his band bring back the foot stomping fun of John Denver’s music in an uplifting and powerful tribute to one of America’s most beloved singer/songwriters.2014Jul24 Pops Concert 2014Apr The Pops concerts are presented at two locations and times.  Reserved seat tickets are $35 - $50 and discounted season packages are available. Movie Music Spectacular: The Music of John Williams Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm, Myrtle Beach High School Music & Arts Center Back Home Again” – A Tribute to John Denver Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm, Myrtle Beach High School Music & Arts Center Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm, Winyah Auditorium, Georgetown, SC Maestro Charles Evans looks forward to presenting this exciting season.  Be sure to experience the unparalleled power and beauty of live orchestral music, expertly performed by professional musicians!  For tickets, please call 843.448.8379 or order online at www.longbaysymphony.com.  Educational Programs In addition to regular concerts, the symphony offers other educational programs for students, schools and the community since music is vital to maximizing a child’s full potential.  Students who participate in the arts outperform those who do not participate on virtually every measure.1   The Long Bay Symphony’s Young People’s Concert and the Musicians in the Schools programs are designed to encourage students to join their school orchestra or band, further explore music, and eventually participate in the Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra. In November each year, the Long Bay Symphony presents a Young Peoples Concert for fourth and fifth grade students from area schools to introduce symphonic music and the concert experienceThe Musicians in the School program sends individual musicians into the classrooms of area elementary schools for an up close performance of symphonic music, look at the instruments and explanation of how the instruments make sounds and the types of music performed. The Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra, founded in 1990, serves to further the music education, talent development and social experiences of 60 – 75 students.  These talented young musicians, ages 9 through 22, are selected through auditions each August then rehearse weekly to prepare for three large concerts presented during the school year.

About The Long Bay Symphony

Founded in 1987, the Long Bay Symphony performs about 15 concerts each year in addition to fundraising events for other organizations.  It is the largest performing arts organization in the Grand Strand area and the largest professional orchestra in the region.  Musicians come from other professional orchestras, and local communities as well as Columbia, Charleston, Fayetteville, Wilmington and beyond. The mission of the Long Bay Symphony is to enhance the cultural and artistic environment of the Long Bay region by providing the highest quality musical performances and programs which entertain and educate patrons of all ages.   A key component of its efforts is the educational programming for both young people and adults in the community.  The symphony is supported about 35% by ticket revenue, with the balance from business and individual giving, foundation and municipal grants, and operating support from the S.C. Arts Commission.

Music that Inspires! The 2013-2014 Symphony Season Season Opening September 29, 2013

The Long Bay Symphony begins its 26th season – Music that Inspires! – on Sunday, September 29th with a Classical Series concert spotlighting the great American symphonic tradition.  Classical Series concerts are held at the Music & Arts Center in Myrtle Beach High School. Tickets are $35 - $50 for adults and $15 for students. Season tickets are still available at a savings of $10 per concert off of single ticket prices. Made in America (Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 4:00) Featuring Philip Powell, piano Experience the wide spectrum of style within the distinctive American musical character, from the popular, folk-based idiom of Aaron Copland to the lush Romantic spirit of Samuel Barber, the irreverent modernism of Charles Ives, the bold, unbridled energy (here in homage to Colonial American composer William Billings) of William Schuman and the jazz/Broadway-infused symphonic language of George Gershwin.   Charles Ives                       Variations on “America” William Schuman              New England Triptych Samuel Barber                   First Essay                Aaron Copland                  Rodeo: “Buckaroo Holiday”                George Gershwin                             Concerto in F  
Phillip Powell

Phillip Powell

Dr. Philip M. Powell, chair of the Department of Music, is a professor of music and has been a faculty member at CCU since 1988, teaching piano and piano pedagogy. Since moving to South Carolina,  Powell has maintained an active performing schedule with concerts frequently heard on South Carolina Public Radio. Locally, he has performed with the South Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony and is a frequent soloist with the Long Bay Symphony, playing concerto repertoire ranging from Mozart to Gershwin. As a collaborative pianist, Powell has appeared with artists such as Kennedy Center Honors recipient Martina Arroyo, soprano; Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano; Sungwon Yang, cello; David Jolley, French horn; and Grammy nominated Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet.  He has served as president of the Coastal Concert Association, music director of the Festival of Music and Art at Pawley's Island, founding director of the Musicale de Geneve series and a member of the board of directors of the Litchfield Dance Arts Academy and of the Long Bay Symphony.  Powell holds the BMA from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied with Drs. Todd Welbourne and Edward Gates.  He also attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival as a student of the late Edith Oppens.  Also, he holds a Masters of Music from Indiana University, where he was a student of both Karen Shaw, and Shegio Neriki and the Doctorate of Music, also from Indiana University, where he was a student of the late Michel Block. Contact: Carolyn Pittman at 843.448.8379 for information and to purchase tickets or visit www.longbaysymphony.com

Blues & Jazz Fest at La Belle Amie

Blues & Jazz Fest at La Belle Amie Vineyard in Little River, South Carolina, Saturday, August 3.  Enjoy music, wine tastings and outdoor cooking. So mark your calendars for a visit to the vineyard. MUSIC BY: The Shamalama Trio, and Tammy's Tangents 12:00 – 5:00 pm FESTIVAL ADMISSION :  $8/person (under age 18 or over 80 always admitted at no charge.) Bring 2 canned/dry good items for food bank and receive $3 discount. FOOD - Smokin' Pitt BBQ. Sorry, No Food, Beverages or Pets Allowed. Call 843-399-WINE (9463) questions. Or visit for directions and more wine info: www.LaBelleAmie.com