Guests at the Long Bay Resort don't have to look very far – neither geographically or alphabetically in the phone book – to find a nice evening out at the Long Bay Symphony.
The local orchestra performs year round at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center, just a five minute drive from Long Bay Resort, and the fall and winter calendar for 2014 is one of the most popular in recent memory.
The Long Bay Symphony, founded in 1987 by local musicians looking for a orchestral outlet, has a history of involvement in youth music group activities, so the shows are often attended by families.
The group estimates that nearly one-third of its crowds are made up of children, and the performances are designed accordingly with families in mind, especially the upcoming tribute to popular movie music and the annual Christmas show.
So if you're looking for a great place to take a date for an evening out with dinner and show, or if you are looking for a great place to take the family for a different vacation experience, check out the lineup for the remainder of the 2014 season. Here's a quick look at upcoming shows:
Oct. 18, Movie Music Spectacular: The Music of John Williams: If you haven't heard the name John Williams, you are not alone. But there's a good chance you have heard his music if you have seen a hit movie over the past four decades.
Williams is widely considered the Steven Spielberg of the silver screen score, and in fact has provided the background music for such Spielberg classics as the Indiana Jones series, E.T., and more. Other recognizable music from hit movies include the Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Superman series, as well as the multi-Oscar Award winning Schindler’s List.
The Long Bay Symphony presents a program of musical selections from all these popular films and more at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18. Tickets range from $35 to $50 based on section selection, but there's really not a bad seat in the house.
Nov. 9, Tchaikovsky and the Romantic Spirit: The Long Bay Symphony, led in this performance by cello soloist Ken Olsen, explores the music of Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Victor Herbert in this inspirational showcase.
Featuring Brahms' Academic Festival Overture, Herbert's Cello Concerto No. 2, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, Olsen and the orchestra will take guests on a musical journey of some of their greatest masterpieces.
The Performance will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 9. Tickets range from $10 to $50.
Nov. 19, Youth Orchestra Fall Concert: The Long Bay Symphony's involvement in local schools and youth musical programs has created an impressive collection of young musicians who will take the stage for this performance.
Don't underestimate the talents and abilities of these local musicians, and this may be the least expensive ticket you will ever purchase to see live symphony. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The show gets under way at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 6-7, Musical Classics for the Holiday Season: The Long Bay Symphony is sure to put you in the holiday spirit with this sampler of the Christmas-themed orchestral works of Bach, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams and more.
Featuring three performances over a two-day period, this performance will feature special guest appearances by the Carolina Master Chorale, vocalists and dancers. This show will be held at smaller venues than Myrtle Beach High's performance center so tickets are limited.
Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children. Saturday's evening performances begin at 7 p.m. at Trinity Church in Myrtle Beach, while the Sunday matinee starts at 3 p.m. at Wheelwright Auditorium on the campus of Coastal Carolina University in Conway. The Sunday night show will be held at Our Lady of the Sea in North Myrtle Beach.