Symphony POPS Mosh pit

A Long Beach Symphony POPS! concert featuring music of the 1980s had fans crowding the stage — where this picture is shot from.

Long Beach Symphony is in the midst of its 2019-2020 season — there's a POPS! concert called Broadway Blockbusters March 21 — but symphony leadership is looking ahead.

In an announcement Thursday, Feb. 27, the symphony released its complete 2020-2021 season. There will be six Classical concerts and five POPS! concerts from Oct. 10, 2020, to June 12, 2021, with an extra Family concert (free for children) thrown in spring 2021.

Every Classical concert has a theme, with music director Eckart Preu offering a mix of new and classical works. Acclaimed guitarist Pepe Romero will be featured in two concerts, including the season opener on Oct. 10, where he will perform his father's "El Cortijo de Don Sancho."

The POPS! series is bookended by tributes to two rock and pop icons — Elton John on Oct. 17 and the band Chicago on May 8, 2021.

Season subscriptions are available from $132 to $498 for all six Classical concerts and $95–$690 for the five-concert POPS! series. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or call 562-436-3203.

Here is the complete season calendar for both series.


Oct. 10, 2020 — Latin Sounds featuring Pepe Romero, with pieces from 20th century Latin composers.

Nov. 14, 2020 — Music of female composers and mythical female characters, including "Sleeping Beauty" by Tchaikovsky and "Firebird" by Stravinsky.

Feb. 6, 2021 — Stories from the Middle East, including Rimsky-Korsakov’s "Scheherazade."

March 6, 2021 — Strange Love Stories, inspired by fairy tales and folklore from Norway, Czechoslovakia and Spain.

May 1, 2021 — Music from Spain featuring Pepe Romero and including Ravel's "Bolero."

June 12, 2021 — Music for two pianos with the Israeli piano duo of Silver-Garburg.


Oct. 17, 2020 — Remember When Rock Was Young: The Elton John Tribute, with Craig A. Meyer.

Dec. 19, 2020 — Celebrate the holidays with the Camerata Singers and Kevin Glavin.

Feb. 20, 2021 — Favorites from conductor Paul Shaffer, with Paul Shaffer conducting.

March 20, 2021 — Hollywood Sings conducted by Michael Krajewski.

May 8, 2021 — The Musical Legacy of Chicago by Brass Transit with Eckart Preu conducting.

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