The Nature of Things


Saturday Concerts at 7:30 PM
Sunday Concerts at 2:00 PM
Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD


Free Bonus Event!

Young People’s Concert
Friday, November 7, 2014


Steven Schick conducts

Our second annual Young People’s Concert is tailored for young audiences and enjoyable for the entire family. Conductor Steven Schick takes the audience through an enlightening and entertaining performance of Mahler’s famous Fifth Symphony, with commentary from the podium. Reservations required.

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2014-2015 Subscription Series

redfishbluefish, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Video Previews  

...on the nature of sensation and thought
November 8-9, 2014



Steven Schick and David Chase conduct

Nathan Davis

Gustav Mahler

a Sound uttered, a Silence crossed
Symphony No. 5

Guest Artists: red fish blue fish


Two works of sharp contrast open our 60th anniversary season. The world premiere of a new work by Nathan Davis and librettist Laura Mullen, scored for chorus and 4 percussionists, draws text from a unique collaboration between composer and the chorus that depicts the origin and meaning of language. We conclude with one of the mightiest of all symphonies. Mahler’s Fifth opens with a grief-stricken funeral march, lifts out of that darkness to dance with cosmic energy, and concludes in a blaze of triumph.


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Democratic Impulse, La Jolla Symphony & ChorusVideo Previews  

…on the nature of the democratic impulse and the effacement of obstacles

December 12-14, 2014


Steven Schick conducts

William Grant Still
Ludwig van Beethoven

Afro-American Symphony
Symphony No. 9

Guest artist: Natalie Mann soprano (pictured); Peabody Southwell, mezzo-soprano; Enrique Toral, tenor; Ron Banks, bass

In December 1989 Leonard Bernstein led an international orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on the ruins of the Berlin Wall, which had just been demolished. We mark the 25th anniversary of that historic concert with a performance of the same music. The concert opens with a different declaration of freedom: William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony of 1930 was the first significant symphony by an African-American composer. Nearly a century later, it remains a compelling piece of music. Added performance: Friday at 7:30 pm


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Nature of Refelction, La Jolla Symphony & ChorusVideo Previews  

…on the nature of reflection
February 7-8, 2015



Steven Schick conducts

Osvaldo Golijov
Chinary Ung
Carl Nielsen

Khse Buon
Symphony No. 4

Guest Artist: Maya Beiser, cello


Local audiences will recall Maya Beiser’s splendid performances of the Elgar Cello Concerto with the La Jolla Symphony in 2007. She returns to play two works: Golijov’s Azul, a cello concerto written for Yo-Yo Ma, and Khse Buon by UCSD composer Chinary Ung, a piece for unaccompanied cello written in response to tragic events in the composer’s native Cambodia. The concert concludes with Nielsen’s “Inextinguishable” Symphony, an earthshaking statement of faith in life composed during the darkest days of World War I.


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Nature Renewal, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  

…on the nature of renewal
March 13-15, 2015


Steven Schick conducts

Hector Berlioz


Guest artists: John Tiranno, tenor; San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus


Berlioz’s Grand messe des morts is one of the most fabulous pieces of music ever conceived. Berlioz composed it for performance in the vast Les Invalides in Paris, and he conceived it as an example of what he called “architectural music.” It was, in fact, an early example of quadraphonic music, for Berlioz wrote it for an ideal orchestra of 200 players, a chorus of 600, and four brass bands stationed in the corners of the hall surrounding the audience. For all its ear-splitting spectacle, the Requiem also offers some of Berlioz’s most heartfelt music. Added performance: Friday at 7:30 pm


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Nature Space, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  

…on the nature of the Space between us all
May 2-3, 2015



Chris Rountree conducts

Leonard Bernstein
Yeung-ping Chen
Charles Ives

Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah”
The Moon in La Jolla Nee Commission
Symphony No. 2

Guest artist: Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano


Special guest conductor Christopher Rountree, artistic director and conductor of wild Up, an adventurous chamber group that blends new music, classical repertoire, performance art and pop, leads a unique American program. Bernstein’s dramatic First Symphony was written while he was still in his twenties, and voted outstanding new classical work its debut year by the New York Music Critics Circle. Yeung-ping Chen will compose what is truly a twenty-first century work, a “tele-concerto” in which the orchestra will be in Mandeville and the soloists will “appear” with the orchestra via the internet. Ives’ popular Second Symphony fuses the great European symphony with popular American tunes.


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Nature of Utterance, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  

…on the nature of utterance
June 6-7, 2015



David Chase conducts

Peter Tchaikovsky
Jonathan Dove

Violin Concerto
There Was a Child

Guest artist: Priti Gandhi, soprano (pictured); Annelle Gregory, violin; Edward Mout, tenor; North Coast Singers youth choir


Choral Director David Chase leads our season-ending concerts. Annelle Gregory, winner of the 2012 Young Artists Competition, plays Tchaikovsky’s great concerto, one of the most difficult ever written for the violin. There Was a Child, composed by Jonathan Dove in 2009, is a grand cantata in the spirit of Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Composed as a tribute to a young man who had died tragically, rather than dwelling in darkness, Dove’s oratorio inspires and uplifts. Setting texts by English and American poets, it is scored for soprano and tenor soloists, children’s choir, chorus, and orchestra.


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