Myrtle Beach’s Long Bay Symphony heads into 26th season

Posted on: September 26, 2013

In Wednesday’s (9/25) Myrtle Beach Sun-News (South Carolina), Steve Palisin writes about the season-opening concert this Sunday of the Long Bay Symphony, based in Myrtle Beach. The concert “will bring back—and make new—memories for two main players, [uniting] on stage two longtime colleagues: Charles Jones Evans, Long Bay’s music director and conductor, and Philip Powell, Coastal Carolina University’s music department chairman, as guest artist on piano.” The program includes Gershwin’s Concerto in F, Ives’s Variations on “America,” William Schuman’s New England Triptych, Barber’s First Essay, and “Buckaroo Holiday” from Copland’s Rodeo. Powell, who also performed in “Long Bay’s second concert ever, 26 years ago in November, said Evans excels in ‘putting balanced programs together that are consistently interesting and challenging for the audience and musicians.’ This concert on Sunday highlights some ‘classic American music,’ Powell said… Such ensembles as Long Bay, the Carolina Master Chorale and other local arts groups all love to give the community all kinds of music, maybe something that folks haven’t heard in a while or for their first time, all to remind them how great classical music sounds. ‘I love the fact that all these organizations recognize this is a team effort,’ Powell said.”

Posted September 26, 2013