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Published on June 15, 2024
Long Beach Municipal Band to Celebrate 115th Season with Free Summer Concert SeriesSource: City of Long Beach

The sun-soaked parks of Long Beach are set to resonate with the sounds of the Long Beach Municipal Band this summer, marking a milestone 115th season of free musical delights under the Californian sky. The tradition, one that's been bringing communities together for over a century, kicks off on June 25, and extends through August 2, with a robust lineup of themed performances for every taste.

Mayor Rex Richardson shared his enthusiasm, saying, "Once again, the Long Beach Municipal Band will bring joy and music to the hearts of Long Beach residents all summer long." The free concerts will unfold across several Long Beach parks, offering a perfect backdrop for evenings spent with family and friends. According to a statement by the mayor, it's a warm invitation to create lasting memories.

The storied band, under the baton of conductor Kurt Curtis, will present a gamut of sounds ranging from the pulse of the big screen to the enveloping anthems of Broadway. Curtis told the publication, "The Long Beach Municipal Band's 115th season showcases a rich tapestry of musical performances, spanning genres from classical to contemporary, captivating audiences of all ages and continues to embody the spirit of unity and celebration that defines Summer in Long Beach."

This year's program boasts themes like "Night at the Movies," "Spirit of America," and tributes to the musical athletics of the sports world, with the band bringing to life the scores that have defined various spectra of American culture. The season comes to a dramatic close with "Curtain Call," a series of Broadway hits belted out alongside the unique vocal stylings of Crystal Lewis among others. As per the City's announcement, this is a chance for the public to indulge in tunes from classics like "Les Miserables" to the vigor of "Mamma Mia" under the stars.

The concert series is generously supported by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, Department of Energy Resources, and other community organizations, ensuring the continuation of this cherished community event. Meanwhile, the City of Long FBeach has launched its Summer of Opportunity initiative designed to support local youth and address youth violence, creating a multifaceted approach to the sunniest of seasons—with arts, culture, and community engagement at its heart.