Long Bay Symphony anniversary

The Long Bay Symphony kicked off their 30th anniversary with a rooftop party at South State Bank featuring music by members of the CCU faculty and season reveal.

Myrtle Beach’s symphony orchestra has been entertaining locals and visitors to the Grand Strand for thirty years, a milestone worth celebrating.

The Long Bay Symphony kicked off the year with a rooftop party on South State Bank’s patio featuring live music from Andy Fowler, Jesse Willis and Stevie Martinez, food and beverage from Buttercream Cakes & Catering, LLC, and an announcement of next year’s concerts.

Guests included members of the Long Bay Symphony guild, board of directors, longtime season ticket holders, sponsors, donors, volunteers and collaborators.

Current Long Bay Symphony board president Ray Heider addressed the crowd to thank them for their support through the years.

“Everyone here has had a special role in the symphony’s success,” Heider said. “As far as I’m concerned, you’re all a part of the symphony orchestra.”

Symphony conductor and music director Charles Jones Evans, who has been leading the orchestra for 20 of its 30 years, echoed Heider’s sentiments.

“We couldn’t do any of this without a board and volunteers and the guild,” Evans said. “We’re all in this together.”

Evans said the symphony is “way ahead of schedule” with its season announcement and shared the upcoming lineup with the crowd gathered.

The 2017-2018 will begin Sept. 24 as the symphony presents Orff’s “Carmina Burana” in collaboration with the Carolina Master Chorale and Coastal Carolina University’s choirs. Evans described the piece as “one of the most powerful modern works.”

The September concert will also feature Mozart’s “Symphony No. 31” (“Paris”).

On Nov. 12, LBS will bring “Masterpieces from Eastern Europe” to the stage, featuring “music from Hungary, Romania, Poland and Czechoslovakia,” Evans said.

The concert will include Lutoslawski’s “Mala Suite,” Bartok’s “Viola Concerto,” Enescu’s “Romanian Rhapsody No. 1” and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8.”

On Jan. 21, the company will present “The Three B’s,” a celebration of some of the most famous composers of all time or, as Evans called it, “a meat and potatoes kind of program.”

The concert’s program includes Bach’s “Orchestral Suite No. 3: Overture,” Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6” (“Pastoral”) and Brahms’s “Violin Concerto.”

Closing out the season is April 15 concert “Variations on a Theme.” The program will include Ives’s “Variations on ‘America,’” Brahms’s “Variations on a Theme of Haydn,” Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” and Elgar’s “‘Enigma’ Variations.”

Concerts will again be performed at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 843-448-8379 or online at www.LongBaySymphony.com.

In addition to concerts, the Long Bay Symphony will continue to provide educational opportunities through its youth orchestra and outreach in the community.

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