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Diemecke to step down as Long Beach Symphony Orchestra music director

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Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (LBSO) Music Director Enrique Arturo Diemecke will step down at the end of the orchestra’s 2013-2014 Classics season, according to the Long Beach Symphony Association. Diemecke will serve as music director for the season’s four remaining concerts, running from January 25, 2014 to May 31, 2014.
Among the 2013-2014 Classics Series concerts will be the performance on Jan. 25 of a cadenza written by Diemecke himself for Silvestre Revueltas’ “La noche de los Mayas.”
“My years on the podium of the wonderful Long Beach Symphony Orchestra have been filled with joy,” Diemecke said. “The orchestra and I have had great musical adventures and many sublime concerts that I will take with me for the rest of my days.”
John DiCarlo, president of the Long Beach Symphony Association, praised Diemecke’s service to the LBSO. “Maestro Diemecke has served the Long Beach Symphony as a consummate performer and valued director,” DiCarlo said. “We are very proud of his long tenure with the orchestra and are looking forward to his four remaining concerts with us this season.”
During his 13-year tenure as music director of the LBSO, Diemecke brought original compositions, world premieres, and celebrated soloists to the Terrace Theater. Under his artistic direction, the Symphony premiered Diemecke’s own Conceierto a Celedonio composed at the request of the celebrated guitarist Pepe Romero, receiving standing ovations and critical acclaim, according to the Long Beach Symphony Association. Diemecke also conducted the U.S. premiere of a multimedia composition, Dos Visiones, a collaboration between the LBSO, the Museum of Latin American Art and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico.
Diemecke won the 2009 Distinguished Artist Award from the Arts Council of Long Beach.
Diemecke will continue on as music director of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the Bogota Philharmonic and the Flint Symphony Orchestra, according to the Long Beach Symphony Association.
The Association plans to honor Diemecke at Long Beach Symphony’s Classics Finale on May 31, 2014 at the Terrace Theater. The 2014-2015 Classics Series will feature a roster of nationally recognized guest conductors and soloists to be announced in January 2014.

Source: LBSO

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Diemecke to step down as Long Beach Symphony Orchestra music director