The Beach Cities Symphony Association believes that music enriches individuals, whether performer or member of the audience, and the community at large. We promote the musical arts by volunteering our time and talents for the enjoyment and enhancement of both performers and audience.
The association fulfills this mission by presenting four free concerts from the Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra per year. The orchestra plays classical pieces ranging from the early to the contemporary, including works by local composers. Prize-winning young soloists are given an opportunity to perform with the orchestra. Most performers and soloists are members of the local community. Concerts are held in the community college.
Our goals are not only to entertain, but also to inform and educate the audience by means of newsletters, concert programs, and pre-concert lectures. We shall maintain our presence by continuing to solicit voluntary contributions from members, local businesses, foundations and other sources.
BCSO Supports Cultural Equity & Inclusivity
Shared goal: The Beach Cities Symphony Association – the supporting, operating arm of the Beach Cities Symphony – fosters and builds a space and environment of cultural equity and inclusion in how they conduct all matters concerning the Association, especially through activities and concerts which highlight contributions that various cultures bring to the realm of music, musical compositions and performances. We extend this spirit to our competitions and scholarships open to all local students.
Innovative Programming: Concert programming includes works by composers from many parts of the world and often highlights rhythms and folk melodies from different cultures. Our concerts are always free to the public because we aim to bring people from all backgrounds and cultures together to share the joy that orchestral music brings to enrich all our lives and we don’t think that lack of money should inhibit a person’s access to classical music.
Local to Global: Through the dedication of time and talents by our diverse volunteers (both musically and behind the scenes), the experience, processes and product of our performances reverberate, radiate and multiply its reach from our group and out into the community. This communal effort further promotes the enjoyment and enhancement of performers and the audience – both of which reflect the local diversity in backgrounds, cultures, and identities including race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age and socioeconomic status.