La Jolla, Calif. (Revised August 22, 2014) — La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) announces its 2014-2015 season -- a 60th anniversary celebration that includes grand statements, premieres and ground-breaking works.
“We’ll start with Mahler’s glorious Fifth Symphony, and ramp it up from there,” says LJS&C Music Director Steven Schick, whose own 60th birthday coincides with that of the ensembles. “The season will include Beethoven’s Ninth, performed on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall in commemoration of Leonard Bernstein’s conducting of an international ensemble upon the ruins in December 1989. And in March, we will perform one of the grandest musical statements of them all, Berlioz’s Requiem.
“Sprinkled among the masterworks you will find the kind of progressive programming that has put us on the map. We have commissioned New York-based composer Nathan Davis to create a work for the La Jolla Symphony Chorus and the percussion group ‘red fish blue fish.’ This year’s Thomas Nee Commission recipient, Yeung-Ping Chen, will write an Internet-based piece that will allow a group of soloists to be channeled into Mandeville Auditorium through telematics technology. And we will welcome back one of our best friends, the extravagantly gifted cellist Maya Beiser for a performance of Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul.”
As with past seasons, Schick has programmed around a theme that invites listeners to delve more deeply into the music. The 2014-2015 season theme -- The Nature of Things -- is inspired by de rerum natura by Lucretius, a poet of the 1st century BCE.
“Is there something metaphorical; is there something about the human condition, about our lives here and now that we can extract from the music? This exploration has been a steady programming thread all of the years I’ve been involved,” says Schick.
Concerts take place in Mandeville Auditorium, UC San Diego, on Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. The December and March concerts will have an added Friday night performance at 7:30pm. Concerts are preceded by a pre-concert lecture one hour before concert start. Subscriptions range from $60 (students) to $162 for the six-concert season. Single tickets go on sale in August 2014.The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, San Diego’s oldest and largest community orchestra and chorus, is a non-profit performance group dedicated to inspiring San Diego with the joy of music. Its 110-person orchestra and 130-person chorus perform groundbreaking orchestral and choral music along with traditional favorites from the classical repertoire. Founded in 1954, the organization celebrates its 60th anniversary season in 2014-2015 under the leadership of Music Director Steven Schick and Choral Director David Chase.