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

2015-2016 Season, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Two Free Bonus Events!

Sila: The Breath of the World
Sunday, September 27, 2015

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park

John Luther Adams, composer

We perform John Luther Adams’ extraordinary site-determined work in the beautiful Japanese Friendship Garden in celebration of Balboa Park’s centennial. Free event. No reservations required.

Young People’s Concert
October 30, 2015


Steven Schick conducts

Our third 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 excerpts of the upcoming concert, with commentary from the podium. Reservations required.

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2015-2016 Subscription Series

Aleck Karis , La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2015

Steven Schick conducts

Edgard Varèse
Johannes Brahms
John Luther Adams

Tuning Up
Piano Concerto No. 1
Become Ocean

Guest artist: Aleck Karis, piano


The 61st season opens with a program of variety and emotional depth. It begins with Varèse’s Tuning Up, a wry commentary on orchestras and audiences, and continues with perhaps the mightiest piano concerto ever written. Aleck Karis will be the soloist in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1. The program concludes with John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

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Trombone Players, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
December 5-6, 2015

Steven Schick conducts

John Luther Adams
Ori Talmon
Samuel Barber
Aaron Copland

The Light That Fills the World
Thomas Nee Commission
Prayers of Kierkegaard
Symphony No. 3

Guest artist: Zen Wu, soprano; Larifah Smith, mezzo-soprano; Brandon Elan Thibeault, tenor

The concert opens with Adams’ ethereal study of orchestral color, continues with Barber’s moving Prayers of Kierkegaard with chorus (based in part on Gregorian Chant), and concludes with Copland’s triumphant Third Symphony, written at the end of World War II. Also on the program is the premiere of a work by this season’s Thomas Nee Commission winner, Ori Talmon.

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Lisa Moore, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
February 6-7, 2016

Steven Schick conducts

György Ligeti
Philip Glass

Erik Griswold
Claude Debussy

Piano Concerto No. 2,
  “Lewis and Clark”

Jeux à la fin du monde
La Mer

Guest Artist: Lisa Moore, piano

We begin with Ligeti’s revolutionary Atmosphères (used by Kubrick in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey) and conclude with Debussy’s magnificent evocation of the power of the sea, La Mer. In between come Glass’ Piano Concerto, inspired by the journey of Lewis and Clark, with soloist Lisa Moore, and the premiere of Erik Griswold’s colorful orchestral work Jeux à la fin du monde (Games at the end of the world), itself inspired by the music of Debussy and Lutoslawski.


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Lux Boreal, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
March 12-13, 2016

Steven Schick conducts

Michael Gordon

Igor Stravinsky

  Film by Bill Morrison

Guest artists: Alice Teyssier, narrator; John K. Russell, tenor; Lux Boreal Dance Company; North Coast Singers youth chorus


A multi-media concert in many senses of that term. The first half offers Gotham, a 2004 joint production by filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer Michael Gordon. Using archival footage of New York City, Gotham combines film, projectors, lighting and orchestra to create a haunting impression of that city. Stravinsky’s opulent Persephone, which the composer described as a “melodrama,” sets a text by André Gide that tells of the descent of the goddess Persephone into the underworld and her return. For this presentation orchestra and chorus will be joined by the Lux Boreal Dance Company, narrator, tenor soloist, and children’s choir.


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SACRED VOICES CONCERTS: April 9 and April 17


Orchestra, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
April 30-May 1, 2016

Rodrigo Ruiz conducts

Dmitri Shostakovich
Béla Bartók
P. I. Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 9
Viola Concerto
Symphony No. 4

Guest artist: Andrea Fortier, viola (2014 Young Artists Winner)


Andrea Fortier, our 2014 Young Artists winner, performs Bartók’s valedictory Viola Concerto. Guest conductor Rodrigo Ruiz surrounds the concerto with two great Russian symphonies: Shostakovich’s saucy Ninth, which got him in trouble with Soviet authorities, and Tchaikovsky’s fiery Fourth, one of the most popular symphonies of all time.


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Janelle, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
June 4-5, 2016

David Chase conducts

Benjamin Britten
Paul Hindemith

An American Overture
When Lilacs Last in the
  Dooryard Bloom'd:

  A Requiem for those
  we love

Guest artists: Janelle DeStefano, mezzo-soprano; Darren Chase, baritone


Our season concludes with David Chase conducting an imaginative pairing of works by two European masters who came to the U.S. at the beginning of World War II. Britten composed his American Overture in 1941 for the Cleveland Orchestra, but it was not performed until 1983, six years after the composer’s death. Hindemith’s moving setting of Walt Whitman’s elegy for Abraham Lincoln, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d: a Requiem for those we love, is considered by many to be his finest work; with chorus, mezzo-soprano, and baritone.


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