Called “our best local chorus” by the Long Beach Gazette newspapers, the Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra is in its third decade as a fixture of the Long Beach arts scene. Founded in 1988 by former director Mark Barville, and led since September 2003 by Eliza Rubenstein, the LBCCO has performed many of the great works of Western classical music, and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Long Beach Museum of Art, Rancho Los Alamitos, and the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, and with the Long Beach Opera. The group’s musical programming is drawn from around the world, and from the middle ages to the present day. Jim Ruggirello of the Gazette says the LBCCO is “…a lean, mean choral machine…” and adds that “excellence is what we have come to expect from Eliza Rubenstein and the Long Beach Chorale.”
The LBCCO is Long Beach’s only all-volunteer community masterworks chorus; all LBCCO members are volunteers motivated by their love of singing. Our motto—“great music, up close”—reflects our commitment to presenting masterworks in a welcoming setting and at an accessible price, and we pride ourselves on working within the Long Beach community to offer under-served music lovers the opportunity to experience live classical music.
The Long Beach Chorale holds regular auditions for singers in each voice part. We are also supported by Grace Note, an auxiliary group of non-singing volunteers who host our receptions and provide other forms of much-needed and much-appreciated assistance. Contact us for more information!