La Jolla, Calif. August 25, 2016) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) is pleased to announce the renewal of Music Director Steven Schick’s contract through June 2022. The current 2016-2017 season is Schick’s 10th anniversary with the ensemble. The five-year renewal for his services as music director and conductor will take effect beginning July 1, 2017.
"The Board of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus is very pleased that Steven Schick has agreed to extend his agreement with us,” said Paul Symczak, President of the LJS&C Board of Directors. “Steven’s creative leadership as music director and his enthusiastic advocacy of our mission has strengthened and extended our reputation as one of the most adventurous contemporary-classical music organizations in the region and beyond."
Schick is an internationally-renowned percussionist, who has commissioned more than a hundred new works, and a Distinguished Professor of Music and Reed Family Presidential Chair at UC San Diego. As LJS&C Music Director since 2007 he has built a reputation for thematic programming that blends traditional repertoire with lesser-known works and music by living composers, many of whom attend performances to meet with audiences and discuss their music.
"I am extremely pleased to be continuing my relationship with the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and by extension continuing a tradition of excellent concerts of adventurous music and a deep connection with an extraordinary community of musicians and audience members. I'm thrilled!" said Schick.
The 2016-2017 season is themed “Music from the Middle of Life.” The season opens the weekend of October 29-30 with Maestro Schick conducting the orchestra in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Alexander Scriabin’s Le Poème de l’extase, and local premieres of Icelander Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aeriality and Bryce Dessner’s Lachrymae, which was written for the 2016 Oscar Award-winning movie The Revenant.
The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, San Diego’s longest-running and largest community orchestra and chorus, is a non-profit organization celebrating its 62nd year. Its 90-person orchestra and 100-person chorus perform groundbreaking orchestral and choral music along with traditional favorites from the classical repertoire in Mandeville Auditorium on the UC San Diego campus. During the 2016-2017 season, maestro Steven Schick shares the podium with Choral Director David Chase and guest conductor Michael Gerdes, featuring music by emerging and mid-career contemporary composers as well as the works of Beethoven, Verdi, Stravinsky, Rossini, and more.