Long Beach Symphony flies away with second annual family concert

Rain storms Saturday afternoon couldn’t keep an estimated crowd of 3,000 children and families from attending the Long Beach Symphony’s second annual family concert at the Terrace Theater, sponsored by the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation.

With an aerial theme of “Up! Up! And Away!” the concert featured a full symphonic performance celebrating things that fly: from bumblebees to birds, kites to magic carpets, dragons to aliens, and superheroes to starships.

Saturday’s family concert followed seperate student-focused performances by the Symphony earlier in the week. As part of the Toyota Youth Concert Series, 12,000 fourth and fifth grade students from Long Beach Unified School District and several Wilmington schools visited the Long Beach Performing Arts Center on Thursday and Friday to experience a live performance by the orchestra.

The Symphony’s 2018-19 season continues through June.

Long Beach Symphony bassoonist David Muller,left, shows his bassoon to Bianca Marquez,6, of Long Beach, as the Long Beach Symphony held it’s second annual Family Concert entitled, Up! Up! And Away at the Terrace Theater, inside the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, February 2, 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

Families look on as Taylor Casas of Aerial Butterflies performs during the Long Beach Symphony’s second annual Family Concert entitled, Up! Up! And Away at the Terrace Theater, inside the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, February 2, 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

Long Beach Symphony’s second annual Family Concert entitled, Up! Up! And Away at the Terrace Theater, inside the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, February 2, 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

Tiegan Fletcher,3, left, and her brother Cory Fletcher,5, of Long Beach, pose for a photo during the Long Beach Symphony’s second annual Family Concert entitled, Up! Up! And Away at the Terrace Theater, inside the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, February 2, 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

Julia Nikitina,left, and her daughter Vera Nikitina,3, of Long Beach, during the Long Beach Symphony’s second annual Family Concert entitled, Up! Up! And Away at the Terrace Theater, inside the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, February 2, 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

Long Beach Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu, conducts during the Long Beach Symphony’s second annual Family Concert entitled, Up! Up! And Away at the Terrace Theater, inside the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, February 2, 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

Long Beach Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu, during the Long Beach Symphony’s second annual Family Concert entitled, Up! Up! And Away at the Terrace Theater, inside the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, February 2, 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

Guest conductor Long Beach 9th District Councilmember Rex Richardson conducts during the Long Beach Symphony’s second annual Family Concert entitled, Up! Up! And Away at the Terrace Theater, inside the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, February 2, 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

Ballerina Piper Hammond performs Long Beach Symphony’s second annual Family Concert entitled, Up! Up! And Away at the Terrace Theater, inside the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, February 2, 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

From left to right, 19-month-old Lawson Vanderbeek-McCall, Maya Guayasasin,5, and Lottie Vanderbeek-McCall during the Long Beach Symphony’s second annual Family Concert entitled, Up! Up! And Away at the Terrace Theater, inside the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, February 2, 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

Long Beach Symphony’s second annual Family Concert entitled, Up! Up! And Away at the Terrace Theater, inside the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, February 2, 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

Long Beach Symphony’s second annual Family Concert entitled, Up! Up! And Away at the Terrace Theater, inside the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, February 2, 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

Long Beach Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu, conducts during the Long Beach Symphony’s second annual Family Concert entitled, Up! Up! And Away at the Terrace Theater, inside the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, February 2, 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

Long Beach Symphony’s second annual Family Concert entitled, Up! Up! And Away at the Terrace Theater, inside the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, February 2, 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

Long Beach Symphony’s second annual Family Concert entitled, Up! Up! And Away at the Terrace Theater, inside the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, February 2, 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

Long Beach Symphony’s second annual Family Concert entitled, Up! Up! And Away at the Terrace Theater, inside the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, February 2, 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

Long Beach Symphony’s second annual Family Concert entitled, Up! Up! And Away at the Terrace Theater, inside the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Saturday, February 2, 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr / Long Beach Post

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