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Season-long Celebration Concludes with Haydn, Janacek and an “Ode to Common Things”

La Jolla, Calif. (May 14, 2014) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents its final program of a season celebrating David Chase’s 40th anniversary year as choral director. Music Director Steven Schick opens the concert conducting orchestra in Leos Janácek’s Zárlivost (“Jealousy”) and the classical proportions and high spirits of Haydn’s final symphony, his “London Symphony.” David Chase concludes his anniversary season leading orchestra, chorus, three vocal soloists, and virtuoso guitarist in a chorus favorite -- Cary Ratcliff’s Ode to Common Things.


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LJS&C Performs Three 20th Century Classics in May

La Jolla, Calif. (April 9, 2014) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents its fifth program of the season on May 3-4 with three works from among the most popular orchestra and choral repertoire written in the last century. Steven Schick and David Chase conduct the orchestra and chorus, with guest artist and LJS&C 2012 Young Artist Winner Chika Inoue, saxophone, in a program that begins with Heitor Villa-Lobos’ saucy Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra, followed by two works about war and peace: Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony and Leonard Bernstein’s ebullient Chichester Psalms.


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Steven Schick to Receive 2014 “Champion of New Music” Award From American Composers Forum

La Jolla, Calif. (March 20, 2014) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) Music Director Steven Schick is one of three outstanding individuals to receive the 2014 Champion of New Music award, announced the American Composers Forum (ACF) in a press release last Friday. The two other 2014 recipients are Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conductor Marin Alsop and retired ASCAP Vice President of Concert Music Frances Richard.


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Famed Venezuelan Choral Conductor Maria Guinand Joins LJS&C in Concert of Latin American Music

La Jolla, Calif. (March 5, 2014) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents its 59th season, Life*, celebrating Choral Director David Chase’s 40th anniversary. In the fourth program of the season, Venezuelan choral conductor Maria Guinand joins David Chase in a shared program of Latin American music: Alberto Ginastera’s Malambo, Stephen Montague’s Intrada 1631, Osvaldo Golijov’s Oceana, and Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Chôros No. 10.


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LJS&C Offers Tradition and Surprise with Brahms, Berlioz and Lou Harrison

La Jolla, Calif. (January 16, 2014) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the third concert of its 2013-2014 season (Life*) on February 8 and 9. The February program, titled “sometimes hidden (in plain sight),” offers music by two classical masters followed by a genuine surprise, Lou Harrison’s magical Piano Concerto, featuring San Francisco Bay Area sensation, pianist Sarah Cahill. Steven Schick conducts the program that begins with Hector Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Takes Listeners to the Sublime.

La Jolla, Calif. (November 12, 2013) — The weekend of December 7-8 the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) performs an inspiring concert featuring Aaron Jay Kernis’ ethereal Musica Celestis (“Music of the Heavens”) for string orchestra, followed by the world premiere of a lush work for large orchestra and chorus by Thomas Nee Commission recipient Paul Hembree, and a rare performance of the complete score of Maurice Ravel’s opulent ballet Daphnis et Chloe. Choral Director David Chase will conduct chorus and orchestra in Hembree’s Ikarus-Azur. Steven Schick will conduct the Kernis and chorus and orchestra in the Ravel.


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Life... sometimes a little scary,

La Jolla, Calif. (October 10, 2013) — On November 2-3, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) begins its 59th season -- Life* --celebrating Choral Director David Chase’s 40th anniversary. “We call the new season of concerts simply ‘Life,’” says Music Director Steven Schick. “It is dedicated to David and a lifetime in music he has invited all of us to share. It is also a reminder that our simple goal is to use music to touch and enrich people’s lives.”


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Jazz and Classical Music Intersect in Unique Collaboration and Free Performance

La Jolla, Calif. (August 13, 2013) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) orchestra, conducted by Steven Schick, will give a free performance reading of five new works written for symphony orchestra by jazz composers on Friday, September 20 at 7:30 pm. The culmination of a yearlong program and collaboration with the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI), the reading will be performed with the five composers present. An audience Q&A will be held after the performance, which takes place in Mandeville Auditorium on the UC San Diego campus.


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Season Finale Highlights Three Great 20th-Century Composers and Contemplations of Peace

La Jolla, Calif. (May 7, 2013) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents its final concert of a season inspired by themes from Wallace Stegner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Angle of Repose. In the June 8-9 concert, titled “Earth/Peace,” three great 20th-century composers contemplate peace: global, personal and spiritual. Choral Director David Chase conducts orchestra, chorus and soloists in a program that includes Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, Arnold Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ moving Dona Nobis Pacem, featuring guest artists soprano Mary Jaeb and baritone Dean Elzinga.


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Old Worlds Meet New World in LJS&C Concert

La Jolla, Calif. (April 10, 2013) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents its fifth concert of the 58th season, Angle of Repose, that continues a season-long exploration of themes inspired by Wallace Stegner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. On the weekend of May 4-5, we present a program themed “Old Worlds/New World” – featuring three works that present vivid images of Asia, Europe and America. Music Director Steven Schick leads the orchestra in Chou Wen-chung’s Landscapes, Richard Strauss’s virtuosic Horn Concerto No. 2 with soloist Nicolee Kuester, and Edgard Varèse’s Amériques – a work, written in 1927, that influenced Frank Zappa and a generation of rock artists.


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2013-2014 Concert Season Celebrates Life

La Jolla, Calif. (April 2, 2013) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) 2013-2014 season -- Life* -- features a series of concerts and music events that each takes a page from life, culminating in a celebration of Choral Director David Chase’s 40th anniversary year with the ensemble. Highlights of the season include an orchestra reading of five new works by jazz composers, our first Young People’s Concert , choral performances on four of the six subscription concerts, and exciting guest artists including Venezuelan choral superstar conductor Maria Guinand in a shared program with David Chase of music from Latin America , and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), featuring flutist and MacArthur fellow Claire Chase.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Selected as One of Three Orchestras for Jazz Composers Workshop and Readings

La Jolla, Calif. (March 12, 2013) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) has been selected as one of three orchestras in the country to participate in the 2013 Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) Readings. The JCOI Readings are presented by the American Composers Orchestra and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, in cooperation with EarShot – the newly formed National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network that initiates partnerships between promising composers and orchestras around the country. The JCOI Readings have been heralded as having “the potential to shift the course of concert music.” (National Public Radio)


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March Concert Presents Spectrum of 20th-Century Music – from Raw
Funkiness to Copland’s Flowing Essay of Renewal, Appalachian Spring

La Jolla, Calif. (February 26, 2013) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C)presents its fourth concert of the 58th season, Angle of Repose, inspired by Wallace Stegner’s 1971 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The March 16-17 concert is titled “Repeat/Move On,” and provides a broad spectrum of music from the 20th century – from minimalism to rock-infused experimentalism.


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“Inside/Outside” Explores the Space in Which Music Exists
Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Luciano Berio, Carl Nielsen

La Jolla, Calif. (January 17, 2013) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C)presents its third concert of the 58th season, Angle of Repose – a season-long exploration of themes from Wallace Stegner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The February 9-10 concert, titled “Inside/Outside,” offers Music Director Steven Schick conducting orchestra and guest artists in three works that occupy very different senses of space: from the “cathedral” sound of Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams, to the intimacy of Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs featuring brilliant soprano and rising star Jessica Aszodi, to the expansive grandeur of Symphony No. 3 by Carl Nielsen with soprano Bonnie Lander and baritone Austin Thompson.


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December Dazzles with Handel, Brahms, Schoenberg & Dallapiccola for Chorus and Orchestra

La Jolla, Calif. (November 16, 2012) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents its second concert of the 58th season themed after Wallace Stegner’s great novel of the American West, Angle of Repose. The December program, titled “Dark/Bright,” offers bright works of texture and musical color by Handel and Brahms set off against the darker hues and stirring passions of Arnold Schoenberg and Luigi Dallapiccola. Music director Steven Schick conducts the concert featuring orchestra and chorus.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Announces January 5 Open Auditions

La Jolla, Calif. — La Jolla Symphony Chorus holds auditions for openings in all sections on Saturday, January 5, 2013. The 125-voice chorus rehearses on Monday evenings at the University of California, San Diego, Conrad Prebys Music Center. Concerts are given throughout the season on the UCSD campus as well as San Diego venues. Chorus membership is open to community members with music training as well as to students at UCSD.


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LJS&C 2012-2013 “Angle of Repose” Season Begins with Hero/Anti-Hero

La Jolla, Calif. (October 16, 2012) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) 2012-2013 season opens November 3-4 with Steven Schick conducting the orchestra in Missy Mazzoli’s Violent, Violent Sea, two works by John Cage, 101 and 4’33”, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) in a concert titled Hero/Anti-Hero. The November concert is the first in a season inspired by Wallace Stegner’s great American novel, “Angle of Repose.”


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Stravinsky’s “Firebird” Brings Season to a Magical Close

La Jolla, Calif. (May 15, 2012) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents its final concert of the 57th season -- Stravinsky Circus! -- with Music Director Steven Schick leading the orchestra in a program celebrating Stravinsky’s most popular work, The Firebird. The concert opens with the world premiere of Igor Korneitchouk’s Tintinnabulation and also includes Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto, with guest soloist Aleck Karis.


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“Spring Symphonies” Celebrate the Season and Prep Chorus for Carnegie Hall Debut

La Jolla, Calif. (March 21, 2012) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents its fifth concert of the 57th season on May 5-6, with choral director David Chase leading the orchestra, two choruses and soloists in a program inspired by the many faces of spring: Grieg’s Last Spring, Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major -- “Spring,” and Britten’s Spring Symphony. Guest artists for the Britten are Kerrie Caldwell (soprano), Sasha Hashemipour (mezzo-soprano), Christopher Bingham (tenor), and the San Diego North Coast Singers (youth chorus).


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LJS&C Announces 2012-13 Season: Angle of Repose

La Jolla, Calif. (March 21, 2012) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) announces its 2012-2013 season, “Angle of Repose,” inspired by themes in Wallace Stegner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The quintessential novel of the West asks us to look at where we come from and understand our relationship to the past.


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Beethoven and Stravinsky Symphonies Are Keystones in “The Classicist”

La Jolla, Calif. (February 28, 2012) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) performs Beethoven, Mozart and two works by Stravinsky on March 17-18 in its fourth concert of the Stravinsky Circus! season. Music Director Steven Schick leads the orchestra in this concise and evocative program with the idea of classicism as its recurring theme. The program begins with the Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, composed by the greatest classicist of them all – Mozart. Next is Stravinsky’s most classical work, his Symphony in C, modeled after Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major. Beethoven’s first symphony concludes our program. In between we hear the influence of 20th-century popular culture in Stravinsky’s jazz-infused Ebony Concerto, written for clarinet soloist and Woody Herman’s jazz orchestra. Curt Miller is soloist.


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Music Director Steven Schick Renews 5-Year Contract with LJS&C

La Jolla, Calif. (February 8, 2012) — The Board of Directors of the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) is pleased to announce the renewal of a five-year contract with Steven Schick, continuing his role as Music Director of the community ensemble through June 30, 2017.

 

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A Romantic Storm Is Brewing… Brahms, Verdi, John Adams, and a Premiere

La Jolla, Calif. (January 18, 2012) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents its third concert of the 57th season with music director Steven Schick leading the orchestra and guest soloists in a program of stark and very beautiful drama: Verdi’s overture to La Forza del Destino, Nicholas Deyoe’s still getting rid of (2011-2012 Thomas Nee Commission), John Adams’ The Wound Dresser, and Brahm’s Symphony No. 1 in C minor.

 

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Works by Stravinsky, Bartók, David Lang, and György Ligeti Reflect “Ancient Noises” at LJS C Concert

La Jolla, Calif. (November 11, 2011) — The second concert of the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) “Stravinsky Circus!’ season highlights a choreographed version of Igor Stravinsky’s Les Noces on December 3-4, 2011 in Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD. The program begins with the local premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang’s Grind to a Halt, followed by Béla Bartók’s magical Cantata Profana. The second half leads off with György Ligeti’s daring work for 100 metronomes, Poème Symphonique followed by Les Noces. Music Director Steven Schick and Choral Director David Chase share the podium in this concert. Guest artists include pianist Aleck Karis, red fish blue fish, Allyson Green and Lux Boreal dancers, soprano Jessica Aszodi (2011 LJS C Young Artists’ Competition vocal winner), mezzo-soprano Martha Jane Weaver, tenor Chad Frisque, and bass-baritone Phil Larson.

 

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Stravinsky Circus! Season Opens with “The French Composer”

La Jolla, Calif. (October 10, 2011) — The La Jolla Symphony — Chorus (LJS&C) opens the 57th season -- Stravinsky Circus! -- with music director Steven Schick at the podium, conducting the orchestra and guest artist Charissa Barger in a program of music from Paris: Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Debussy’s Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

 

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Chorus to Perform Free Concert to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9-11 Attacks

La Jolla, Calif. (July 28, 2011) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, (LJS&C) will perform a free concert under the baton of Choral Director David Chase at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. The performance is part of the “Rolling Requiem” project, a nationwide musical movement to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks with performances of Mozart’s Requiem. Participating choruses from New York to Hawaii will perform the Requiem with each chorus beginning at 3:00 p.m. their local time, uniting singers throughout the continent as performances roll across the time zones.

 

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La Jolla Symphony Chorus to Perform at Carnegie Hall

La Jolla, Calif. (July 19, 2011) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, (LJS&C) conducted by choral director David Chase, will take to the celebrated stage of Carnegie Hall to perform Benjamin Britten’s “Spring Symphony” on May 27, 2012. Also joining the La Jolla Symphony Chorus in New York City will be the San Diego North Coast Singers children’s choir.

 

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The Season Closes Under the Influence of Haydn

La Jolla, Calif. (May 12, 2011) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) concludes the 2010-2011 season the weekend of June 4-5 in a program that explores the music of Haydn and the meaning of classicism. Choral director David Chase conducts chorus, orchestra and four soloists in Haydn’s last major work, Harmoniemesse, and assistant orchestra conductor Nicholas Deyoe leads the orchestra in Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Shostakovich’s First Symphony. Soloists in the Harmoniemesse are soprano Cindy Choi (2010 Young Artists Winner), mezzo-soprano Katherine Lundeen, tenor Richard Geiler, and bass David Marshman.

 

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LJS&C Observes the Season with Bach’s Monumental “Saint Matthew Passion” in Two Powerful Performances

La Jolla, Calif. (April 1, 2011) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) observes the Easter season with the best of choral music, J.S. Bach’s largest and most dramatic work, The Passion According to St. Matthew, on April 30 and May 1. Almost operatic in its spectacle and impact, this music requires two orchestras, adult and children choruses, and vocal and instrumental soloists. LJS&C Choral Director David Chase conducts.

 

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LJS&C Announces 2011-2012 Season

La Jolla, Calif. (March 24, 2011) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) announces its 2011-2012 season themed: “Stravinsky Circus.” Offering a varied retrospective of this 20th century master through six works threaded throughout the season, concerts will also highlight the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Verdi, Mozart, Schumann, and contemporary composers, including David Lang and John Adams.

 

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Concerti Concert Features Premiere of “Concerto for Florist”

La Jolla, Calif. (February 22, 2011) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) stretches the conception of the concerto on March 12-13, 2011 in Mandeville Auditorium on the UCSD campus. Conductor Steven Schick begins the program with Serge Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2 for Violin, with the brilliant 16-year-old Hannah Cho as soloist, and concludes the program with the greatest orchestral concerto of them all – Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. In between, a complete surprise: the world premiere of Mark Applebaum’s Concerto for Florist and Orchestra, featuring ornamental horticulturalist James DelPrince as soloist.

 

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LJS&C Announces Winners of Annual Young Artists Competition

La Jolla, Calif. (February 4, 2011) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) announces the winners of its 51st annual Young Artists Competition, which was held on January 29, 2011, on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus. Thirty (30) contestants ages 14 to 28 from San Diego County and Baja California competed for eight (8) cash prizes in vocal and instrumental categories.

 

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A Concert of Contrasts: Debussy Frames Premieres of Works by Phil Kline and Iannis Xenakis

La Jolla, Calif. (January 13, 2011) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents its third concert of the 56th season, Face the Music, with Music Director Steven Schick conducting works by Claude Debussy, a world premiere by Phil Kline with contemporary ensemble Real Quiet, and the U.S. premiere of the original (alpha) version of Iannis Xenakis’ Metastasis.

 

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