From seasonal concerts, Water Music Festival, Music in the Gardens, Jazz and Oysters or Blues and Seafood at the unique locations like the World’s Longest Beach, to dancing or marching in the 68th annual Loyalty Days Parade or fascinating Museum; Long Beach Package Travel offers incredible experiences your performance groups are never going to forget!
Alpin Hong – Water Music Festival
The culmination of Water Music Festival’s 34th season will be an astonishing performance by one of the Festival’s all-time favorite artists, Alpin Hong, who last appeared here in 2009. You will be able to experience this pianistic firebrand up-close-and-personal at an intimate concert at the Eagle’s Nest. Whirlwind American tours and performances across the globe have earned pianist Alpin Hong the reputation as a modern day Pied Piper. His combination of stunning technique, emotional range, and rare humor continues to bring audiences young and old to their feet. The New York Times lauded his “crystalline energy…clear and persuasive ideas…and remarkable breadth of coloration” and called him “a pianistic firebrand” in a review of his standing-room-only New York recital debut at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. Other critics have raved about Mr. Hong’s performances: “Hong’s warmth, charm, and seemingly boundless energy were contagious, and he brought those qualities in abundance to his performance.”
Rooted in extensive classical training and a background in skateboarding, snowboarding, martial arts, and video games, Mr. Hong is a creative force unmatched in his youthful vivacity and boundless energy. His astonishing ability to connect with people of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds distinguishes him and shapes his evolving performance style. Mr. Hong’s uniquely humorous and visionary approach to arts education has resulted in artistic residencies worldwide. In recognition of the pianist’s gift for communicating his passion for music to audiences of all ages, his tireless pursuit to find, inspire, and collaborate with talents in every community results in unforgettable presentations that both expand worlds and hit close to home. Mr. Hong performed as a guest artist at the White House as part of the 2011 White House Holiday celebration. He has won numerous piano competitions and awards.
Start your Water Music Festival weekend off with international tunes from around the world performed by Fandango!, featuring two GRAMMY-nominees!
Fandango! plays a toe-tappingly spicy mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan, and classical sounds. They are multi-award-winning, globe-trotting virtuosi who hail from Spain, the USA, former Yugoslavia, and the UK, and who have played separately and together, on the world’s most prestigious stages. They fit the theme of this year’s Water Music Festival perfectly – “SPANNING THE GLOBE”. A portion of our proceeds benefits the local school music programs.
Fandango! has a particular interest in educational enrichment presentations which encourage the students’ creativity, spark a life-long interest in music and broaden comprehension of cultural and historical aspects of their world. Because of the diverse backgrounds of the four musicians that form Fandango! (British, Bosnian, Spanish, and American) the interesting distinct instruments they play and the variety of music they offer, the children develop critical thinking skills and understanding of issues such as tolerance, acceptance, cultural diversity and teamwork.
Fandango’s mission is to play and share their joy of music making and -for kids- to plant the seed of love for music in those who haven’t discovered it yet. Fandango is constantly touched by the feedback that they receive from presenters, students and their teachers, and general audiences after their performances. The South Florida Classical Review raved about Fandango!’s recent Miami debut: “a nearly sold-out audience…authentic repertoire choices, exciting arrangements, and newly commissioned works…all played with ease and astute musicianship…this performance undoubtedly showed Fandango!’s variety of articulations, colors, and panache.”
Both technically gifted and musical to the core, Mr. Teicholz was awarded the first prize at the 1989 International Guitar Foundation of American Competition, the largest, most prestigious contest of its kind in the United States. He was also a prize winner at the 1991 New York East-West Artists Competition. Described by Gramophone as “arguably the best of the new young guitarists to have emerged,” and by Soundboard magazine as “among the best we have ever heard,” Teicholz has toured throughout the world! His recitals and master classes have received critical acclaim.
He has also had new works written especially for him. Most recently, Teicholz debuted Clarice Assad’s Concerto for Guitar, O Sac-Perere, at the Biasini Festival in San Francisco. Teicholz tours the United States extensively with The Festival of Four. He is featured on the pilot soundtrack for George Lucas’ Young Indiana Jones. Teicholz, currently on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory, teaches in the summer at the California Summer Arts Festival and the Weatherfield Music Festival in Vermont. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Yale School of Music and holds a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley Boalt School of Law.
Join us for the 33rd anniversary of Jazz & Oysters
This year, in addition to listening to great music and enjoying a plethora of delicious food and beverages, you’ll have the opportunity to watch the boats around a working port. Our event will be held at the Port of Peninsula in Nahcotta, WA. where freshly harvested oysters and other shellfish are brought in daily. From here, the view of the bay and the Willapa Hills is spectacular. Saturday, August 18 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Port of Peninsula at Nahcotta. An outdoor concert for Jazz enthusiasts. Great food! Kid friendly! Bring chairs or a blanket and enjoy. In addition, to live music, listeners can purchase and enjoy famed Willapa Bay oysters, grilled sausages, and a selection of side plates.
Loyalty Days 1st Sunday in May each year
Started in 1950 by the Veterans of Foreign War in response to the Russians May Day Celebration. The Long Beach Peninsula has celebrated Loyalty Days each year since its inception. Loyalty Days has been coined as a historically rich celebration of patriotism. We are also known as the Parade of Bands, as most student and performance groups come to our parade to kick off the marching band or drill team season. We are always looking for performance groups the first weekend in May.
Do you have a performance group? We’d love to help you plan a special performance opportunity. Contact Ragan Myers per personal assistance with group friendly lodging, performance venues, dining, and more. Click here to email Ragan Myers, Tourism & Events Coordinator at Long Beach Package Travel, City of Long Beach, WA.