Myrtle Beach is famous for its live music theaters. Professional theatrical and musical performances can be seen at the Alabama Theatre, the Carolina Opry, Legends in Concert, and the Palace Theatre, just to name a few, not to mention concert halls at the House of Blues and the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
But one of the highlights of the Grand Strand’s annual musical lineup is far from a professional affair. The Long Bay Symphony’s presentation of the Youth Orchestra Spring Concert, which will be held April 29 at the Myrtle Beach Music and Arts Center, features a collection of the most talented high school and middle school student musicians in the Horry County Schools system.
Located at Myrtle Beach High School on Grissom Parkway, the Myrtle Beach Music and Arts Center is a modern, 2,000-seat venue provides the perfect place for students to show off their skills. Grown-up are impressed by the musical talents of local students, who work with teachers and volunteers from the Long Bay Symphony to put on a spectacular show for the audience.
That’s the primary mission of the Long Bay Symphony, a group of local musicians who want to see the tradition of music education continue for future generations. While many school programs have been cut for budgetary reasons, Long Bay Symphony has stepped in to fill the void for local students, providing instruments, teaching, scholarships and the opportunity to put their talents on display at this annual concert series.
The Long Bay Symphony was founded in 1987 and has grown into one of the largest in the state of South Carolina in just over a quarter of a century. It’s effort to bring the orchestral arts to the Grand Strand and spread the magic of music to schools and youth groups. The Long Bay Symphony boasts that one-third of the audiences that attend their regular performances are made up of children, and many shows are designed specifically for families in mind, including the youth orchestra concert series and the annual Christmas show.
So if you're looking for a great place to take a date for a nice night out with dinner and show, or if you want a family-friendly environment to take your group for a unique vacation experience, check out the Long Bay Symphony schedule and get ready to be impressed. Here’s a look at some other performances scheduled for the spring of 2015:
- April 29, Spring Youth Orchestra Concert: See middle and high school students from throughout Horry County perform in a stunning display of musicianship. Held at the Myrtle Beach Music and Arts Center at Myrtle Beach High School, tickets will be sold at the box office on the day of the show. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and all seats are general admission for only $5 for students and $10 for adults, with all proceeds going to support the very program you will see on stage.
- May 16-17, Small Treasures: Masterpieces from Chamber Repertory: The full symphony lineup will put on an enthralling performance of classical favorites for string, woodwind and brass ensembles, as well as intriguing works for other combinations of instruments. The May 16 show will be held at 7 p.m. at Trinity Church at 3000 North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, while the May 17 show will begin at 4 p.m. at the All Saints Church in Pawleys Island. Tickets for both performances are $10 for children and $20 for adults and may be purchased by visiting the Long Bay Symphony’s web site at www.longbaysymphony.com.