Get the first look at the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra leader


When: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach.Tickets: $25 and up.Information: 562-436-3203 Ext. 1, www.long beachsymphony.org. Saturday.Where: Terrace Theater, 300 E.

concert. When the German-born conductor takes over the position for the 2017-18 season under a three-year agreement, he will be in charge of programing and conducting all six Classical Series concerts, Youth Concerts and one Pops! Saturday’s concert, however, is part of the 2016-17 season that includes five other guest conductors with music programed by Kelly Lucera, the symphony’s executive director. Preu was named as the new conductor and musical director of the Long Beach Symphony in August following a more than two-year search that included nine guest conductors who took the stage in hopes of earning the job of musical director.
You can say that after they had written those pieces or performed those pieces, the musical world was a different place,” he said referring to Debussy’s “The Afternoon of a Faun” and Berlioz’ “Symphonie Fantastique.” The night of music features Camille Saint-Sean’s “Danse Macabre,” Paul Dukas’ “Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” which many will recognize from Disney’s 1940 animated film “Fantasia,” Claude Debussy’s prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun,” and Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique.”Preu described the repertoire as a collection of music “programed for the audience to love you.”“When you have the Debussy and the Berlioz, these are two pieces that are truly revolutionary.
“While we’ve seen him perform here before and we were so excited about him as part of the guest conductors during the search, to actually have him return as the music director at this event is a dream come true,” she said The night of music comes after a busy week in Long Beach, where the new music director met with residents, seniors, symphony volunteers and patrons.Before the main show, Preu also was scheduled to lead four free Symphony Concerts for Young People on Wednesday and Thursday.Those shows were projected to bring 12,000 Long Beach fourth- and fifth-grade students to the Terrace Theater for a free concert.

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While his new job doesn’t officially begin until October, Maestro Eckart Preu will return Saturday to lead the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra onstage, but this time it’ll be as the organization’s new music director designate in a night that features a repertoire of energetic, fun and celebratory music by French composers.“This is an exciting program for the orchestra to play and also for the audience and the conductor,” Preu said during a phone interview. “It’s a program that’s fun for everybody, and I hope that will translate into a very joyful exciting atmosphere.”