When people find out the Myrtle Beach area is home to a fantastic symphony orchestra that performs more than 15 concerts a year, they usually say, “I had no idea!” Well, we think you should know that the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) offers world-class talent and an exciting array of performances between September and late April each year. They also strive to provide high-quality educational programs for both young people and adults. Education initiatives include the Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra, Musicians in the Schools program, annual young people’s concerts, master classes, and pre-concert lectures.

Long Bay is that part of the Atlantic Ocean along the region’s beaches. “We are that area’s professional orchestra,” says Dr. Charles Jones Evans, Music Director and Youth Symphony Conductor. “We’re not just Myrtle Beach or the Grand Strand.” The Long Bay Symphony proudly serves Horry, Georgetown, and Brunswick counties by playing classic and contemporary masterpieces.

The mission of The Long Bay Symphony is “to enhance the cultural and artistic environment of our region by providing the highest-quality musical performances and programs which entertain and educate patrons of all ages.” As the symphony strives to play a leading role in the Grand Strand’s cultural growth, they have proven to be a center of musical excellence and are recognized as one of the best professional symphonies in the southeast.

The Long Bay Symphonic Society was founded in 1987 by Dr. Diana Swanner-Scroggins, a local music storeowner who noted that many customers expressed the need for a local orchestra. The Long Bay Symphony played together for the first time in April of 1988 in Wheelwright Auditorium on the campus of Coastal Carolina College. This year, the LBS is celebrating 30 years of musical mastery, and they show no signs of slowing down.

The number of musicians in LBS orchestras depends on the type of performance. The major concerts have 75 to 80 musicians plus the chorale singers. Smaller performances have orchestras of around 35 musicians. Musicians include teachers in area schools or Coastal Carolina University as well as those who regularly perform with other regional orchestras. We are proud to have such a dynamic organization in the Grand Strand. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy your “Symphony at the Beach.” Music you love, played by world-class talent, close to home.

 

The Long Bay Symphony Celebrates 30 Years At The Beach

Upcoming Long Bay Symphony Concerts

December 2, 2017
Handel’s Messiah
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Trinity Church, 3000 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
To reserve tickets, call Long Bay Symphony at 843-448-8379
Tickets must be reserved in advance.

December 3, 2017
Handel’s Messiah
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 
All Saints Church, 3560 Kings River Road, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
To reserve tickets, call Long Bay Symphony at 843-448-8379
Tickets must be reserved in advance.

December 15, 2017
Holiday Tea with the Maestro
French Twist Tea Room, 4025 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC
Tickets are $20 per person. This price includes a sampling of teas and 5 different finger foods.
Seating is limited, so please reserve your ticket now by calling the Long Bay Symphony office at 843-448-8379.

December 31, 2017
Strauss on the Strand
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 
Trinity Church, 3000 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Ring in the New Year in the classic Viennese musical tradition--a concert of familiar waltzes, polkas and other dances by the legendary Johann Strauss family. From the great Blue Danube Waltzes to the Thunder & Lightning Polka and the Radetsky March, this charming program will have you tapping your toes and humming along, helping in your resolution to enjoy 2018! Tickets are $25 each including a holiday toast at intermission! For more information call 843-448-8379.

January 21, 2018
The Three B’s
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm 
Myrtle Beach High School Music & Arts Center, 3302 Robert M Grissom Pkwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 The three titans of classical music – Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms – form the backbone of the great German musical tradition and indeed the basis for art music throughout the world. Revel in the Baroque fanfare and invention of the Overture to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3, the energy and programmatic beauty of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pastorale”), and the sublime melodic richness of Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto.

February 24, 2018 
Bravo Broadway – 10th Annual Broadway Spectacular 
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Myrtle Beach High School Music & Arts Center, 3302 Robert M Grissom Pkwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Classics! New Broadway! Hosted by Broadway Star Doug LaBrecque and other stars from Broadway. 

April 15, 2018
Variations on a Theme 
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Myrtle Beach High School Music & Arts Center, 3302 Robert M Grissom Pkwy., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Get inside the fine art of musical composition in this concert of popular symphonic masterpieces based on variations from a single melodic idea. From the tongue-in-cheek Variations on “America” by the great American iconoclast Charles Ives to Johannes Brahms’ artful and charming Variations on a Theme of Haydn and Edward Elgar’s famous Enigma Variations, you’ll be able to follow the composer’s craft as the music unfolds! Plus, renowned young cellist Sang-Eun Lee performs Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, an elegant essay recalling an earlier musical style.

To learn more about the Long Bay Symphony and upcoming events, visit LongBaySymphony.com