Young People's Concert
November 3, 2017
Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD

Steven Schick, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  

Steven Schick conducts

A fun and informative introduction to the symphony! Conductor Steven Schick and orchestra perform excerpts from the season-opening concert with commentary from the podium. Free event - Reservations required.


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SPONSORED BY: Kiwanis Club of La Jolla

2017-2018 Subscription Series

Saturday performances: 7:30 pm
Sunday performances: 2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD

Cecil Lytle, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
Crossing the rue St. Paul
November 4-5, 2017

Steven Schick conducts

George Gershwin
Duke Ellington/arr. A.T. Chodos
Asher Tobin Chodos

Aaron Copland
Duke Ellington/arr. A.T. Chodos
George Gershwin

An American in Paris
Mood Indigo
Concertino for Two Pianos
& Orchestra

Quiet City
Rhapsody in Blue


Guest artists: Cecil Lytle (pictured) and Tobin Chodos, piano; Stephanie Richards, trumpet


“Walking with Cecil Lytle on the rue St. Paul last June brought to mind my impression of Cecil as the quintessential ‘American in Paris’ – urbane, sage, and deeply connected to both the French and American (and especially the African-American) traditions,” recalls Steven Schick. This sparked a desire to create a program around Cecil’s special artistry. We ask him to play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and commissioned three works with him in mind from the extraordinary pianist/composer Asher Tobin Chodos, including an original work for two pianos. Stephanie Richards solos on trumpet in Copland’s Quiet City.

Keir GoGwilt, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
Concentric Paths
December 9-10, 2017

Steven Schick conducts

Guillaume de Machaut/arr. Felipe Rossi

Tina Tallon
Francis Poulenc
Thomas Adès

Je vivroie liement/Liement me deport

Concentric Paths

Guest artists: Susan Narucki and Kirsten Wiest, sopranos; Keir GoGwilt, violin (2016 Young Artists Winner); red fish blue fish

A path that leads both forward and back creates concentric patterns that connect 20th-century French composer Francis Poulenc to his late medieval countryman Guillaume de Machaut (here in an arrangement by Felipe Rossi for soloists Keir GoGwilt and Kirstin Wiest. The orchestra music of renowned English composer Thomas Adès is presented in San Diego for the first time with his violin concerto, Concentric Paths. Thomas Nee Commission recipient, Tina Tallon, creates a new work for orchestra and electronics.

Fiona Digney, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
Cross Winds
February 10-11, 2018

Steven Schick, conductor

Gustav Mahler
Roland Auzet

Symphony No. 4
Alone: Theatre and Music for Fiona

Guest artists: Tasha Koontz, soprano; Fiona Digney, percussion

It has been a tough few years in France – a time of strong crosswinds from every direction. Paris-based circus artist, composer, and percussionist Roland Auzet fights back in a new theatrical percussion concerto written for and co-commissioned by UCSD graduate student Fiona Digney. The balm of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, with one of the most beautiful slow movements ever written, helps calm the currents.

It's About Time

Tasha Koontz, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
Efficient Arrays
March 16-18, 2018

Patrick Walders, conductor

Franz Liszt
Carl Orff

Les Preludes
Carmina Burana

Guest artists: Tasha Koontz, soprano; John Russell, tenor; Kyle Ferrill, baritone; North Coast Singers “Caprice” youth chorus


Two important European musical figures from two different historical periods faced history in similar ways. Franz Liszt, well known as the progenitor of virtuosic piano music, was a stalwart visionary, devoted to the future. In his best-known work, Orff looks to the distant musical past for inspiration. LJS&C’s new Choral Director, Patrick Walders, makes his conducting debut with the orchestra and chorus.

Sameer Patel, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
Facing-off Across Sunset Boulevard
May 5-6, 2018

Sameer Patel,
guest conductor

Arnold Schoenberg
Olivier Messiaen
Toru Takemitsu

Hannah Lash
Igor Stravinsky

Five Pieces for Orchestra
Un Sourire
A Flock Descends Into the Pentagonal Garden
Eating Flowers Symphony in Three Movements


The twin towering figures of the first half of the 20th century were Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg, separated by compositional method, aesthetic direction, and personal style. Nevertheless, they found themselves in Los Angeles at the same time, two great composers in the flood of expatriates driven from Europe by Nazism. “This scene may never have happened,” muses Steven Schick, “but I have often imagined them on opposite sides of Sunset Boulevard (for a while the two lived near each other not far from the Whisky a go go) facing off across the traffic the way they had done across the chasm of artistic difference in Europe.” Three fascinating composers, each indebted in important ways to Stravinsky and Schoenberg, complete the tableau. Sameer Patel (pictured), Associate Conductor for San Diego Symphony, guest conducts.

Helga Davis, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus  
A Line Broken
June 9-10, 2018

Steven Schick, conductor

Rand Steiger
Courtney Bryan
Ornette Coleman/arr.
A.T. Chodos
Gabriel Fauré

Yet Unheard
Lonely Woman


Guest artists: Helga Davis (pictured) and Priti Gandhi, sopranos; Patrick Walders, baritone; Peter Evans, trumpet; Mark Dresser, contrabass


Some lines end too soon. The spiritual crux of this program is Courtney Bryan’s poignant memorial to Sandra Bland and other African-American victims of violence. We’ll pair her music with improvisation, the historical voice of African-American resistance, in Rand Steiger’s Template, in a new orchestra version for trumpet-genius Peter Evans, and a new arrangement by Tobin Chodos of Ornette Coleman’s late be-bop classic. We’ll remember the victims of violence with Fauré’s gentle Requiem.


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