Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD

Young People's Concert
October 28, 2016

Steven Schick, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  

Steven Schick conducts

Our annual Young People’s Concert, sponsored by Kiwanis Club of La Jolla, is tailored for young audiences and the entire family. Conductor Steven Schick takes attendees through an enlightening and entertaining performance of select excerpts of the opening concert, with commentary from the podium. Reservations required.


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2016-2017 Subscription Series

Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD

Saturday performances: 7:30 pm
Sunday performances: 2:00 pm

Steven Schick, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
Oct. 29-30, 2016

Steven Schick conducts

Le Poème de l’extase
Symphony No. 5

Anna Thorvaldsdottir
Alexander Scriabin
Bryce Dessner



Our 62nd season samples music that composers wrote at the rich midpoint of their careers. In many cases these works acted as pivot points for their composers and became jumping-off points for new arcs of musical development in their later years. We open the season with what may be the most famous music ever written, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, premiered when its composer was 38. The classic monumentality of the Fifth contrasts sharply with the steamy sensuality of Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy, composed when Scriabin was 36. Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Bryce Dessner sketch colorful accounts of newer musical landscapes.


Program Note

Conductor's Note

Chorus, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
December 3-4, 2016

Steven Schick conducts

Symphony of Psalms
new true mirrors, furrowed,
   flooded, extended quite far

In the Midst of Flux
Symphony No. 6

Igor Stravinsky
Kevin Zhang

Gity Razaz
Ludwig van Beethoven

Soloists: David Buckley and Peter Clarke, violin

Classical and neo-classical. Two radically-different approaches to the symphony: Beethoven’s loving evocation of the Austrian countryside follows the stark beauty of Stravinsky’s devout statement of faith, the Symphony of Psalms. These iconic works share the stage with two emerging composers. Kevin Zhang, this year’s Thomas Nee Commission recipient, will compose a concerto for two violins, performed by our co-concertmasters, David Buckley and Peter Clarke. Young Iranian-American composer Gity Razaz balances influences from two musical worlds with enormous sophistication in her 2013 composition.


Program Note

Conductor's Note


David Bowlin, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
February 11-12, 2017

Steven Schick conducts

Barber of Seville overture
Violin Concerto

Gioachino Rossini
Ludwig van Beethoven
Luciano Berio

Guest Artist: David Bowlin, violin; Kallisti, vocal octet

Another re-imagining of what the symphony might be. In 1969 the 44-year-old Luciano Berio confronted the imposing heritage of Beethoven and Mahler and composed his Sinfonia, for orchestra and vocal octet, performed here by Kallisti under the artistic direction of Susan Narucki. Also on the program are Beethoven’s majestic Violin Concerto, with soloist David Bowlin, and Rossini’s much-loved overture.


Program Note

Conductor's Note

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
March 17-19, 2017

Steven Schick conducts


Giuseppe Verdi

Guest artists: Ariana Strahl, soprano; Victoria Vargas, mezzo-soprano; Robert Breault, tenor; Colin Ramsey, bass-baritone; San Diego Master Chorale; San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus


Verdi composed his magnificent Requiem in 1874, when he was in his sixties and thought that he had retired.  His Requiem happened almost by accident: Verdi proposed that a setting of that great text should be made by a group of composers, but when the others dropped out, he wrote the whole thing himself. Millions of music-lovers have been grateful ever since for Verdi’s un-retirement. The symphony and chorus will be joined in this production by guest choruses and operatic soloists for the concert event of the season. Three performances

Carlos Aguilar, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
May 6-7, 2017

Michael Gerdes conducts

Concerto for Flute
Biennale Snapshots
Pictures at an Exhibition

Carl Nielsen
Vivian Fung U.S. PREMIERE
Modest Mussorgsky

Guest artist: Carlos Aguilar, flute (2015 Young Artists Winner)


Guest conductor Michael Gerdes leads a perennial favorite, Pictures at an Exhibition, composed when Mussorgsky was 35. That should have been the midpoint of a great career, but–tragically–he was dead only seven years later. LJS&C Young Artists first-place winner Carlos Aguilar plays Nielsen’s Flute Concerto, a very playful (and a very funny) piece of music. Vivian Fung offers her own set of “pictures” in a colorful musical response to works of public art from the 2014-16 Vancouver Art Biennale.

Janelle, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
June 10-11, 2017

David Chase conducts

Beatrice and Benedict
Verklärte Nacht
The Lovers

Hector Berlioz
Arnold Schoenberg
Samuel Barber


Love gone awry, love gone bad, love gone very well indeed. David Chase concludes his 43-year tenure as Choral Director with a program inspired by love in its many faces. Berlioz’s take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing has delighted audiences everywhere, Schoenberg’s macabre love-story haunted Viennese audiences, and Barber’s explicit settings shocked Philadelphians at their premiere.


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