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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Partners with Japanese Friendship Garden for Balboa Park Centennial Celebration Performance

Up to 80 musicians will perform “Sila: The Breath of the World” on September 27, 2015

La Jolla, Calif. (February 5, 2015) — San Diego’s nationally-recognized community orchestra and chorus announces its partnership with Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden for a free performance of “Sila: The Breath of the World,” as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. Composed by 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winner John Luther Adams and performed under the direction of Steven Schick, music director for the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C), “Sila” is a site-determined work that is influenced by the space it inhabits. Listeners are free to wander throughout the garden while up to 80 musicians, strategically placed across the terrain, create an exploratory and immersive experience for audience members. The 70-minute piece will be performed on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.

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February Concert Features “Cello Goddess” Maya Beiser in Two Works Along with Nielsen’s “Inextinguishable” Symphony

La Jolla, Calif. (January 15, 2015) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the third concert of its 60th anniversary season, themed The Nature of Things, on February 7 and 8, 2015. Conducted by Steven Schick, the concert explores the nature of reflection in three works. The program begins with Osvaldo Golijov’s cello concerto, Azul, followed by Chinary Ung’s piece for unaccompanied cello, Khse Buon. Both works feature the extraordinarily gifted, Israeli-born cellist Maya Beiser, who critics have hailed as a “cello goddess” (The New Yorker) and the “post-modern diva of the cello” (The Boston Globe). The program concludes with Carl Nielsen’s earth-shaking Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable.”

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Beethoven’s “Ninth” and “Afro-American Symphony” Highlight December Concert Season

La Jolla, Calif. (November 19, 2014) — 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. The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) marks the 25th anniversary of that historic concert with a performance of Beethoven’s grandest symphony - one of the best-known works in classical music - in the second concert of its 60th anniversary season, The Nature of Things. The program opens with a different declaration of freedom: William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony, written in 1930, was the first significant symphony by an African-American composer. Nearly a century later, it remains a compelling piece of music. Music Director Steven Schick conducts the orchestra and chorus, joined by the San Diego State University Chamber Choir and soloists Natalie Mann (soprano), Peabody Southwell (mezzo-soprano), Enrique Toral (tenor), and Ron Banks (bass), in three performances of this celebratory concert on December 12-14th.

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60th Anniversary Season Opens with World Premiere for Chorus and Mahler’s Mightiest Symphony

La Jolla, Calif. (October 15, 2014) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the opening concert of its 60th anniversary season, themed The Nature of Things, on November 8-9, 2014. This first concert explores the nature of sensation and thought, with the world premiere of Nathan Davis’s a Sound uttered, a Silence crossed and one of the mightiest of all symphonies, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Music Director Steven Schick and Choral Director David Chase conduct chorus and orchestra, with guest artist red fish blue fish.

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LJS&C Celebrates 60 Years with Its 2014-2015 Season

La Jolla, Calif. (Revised August 22, 2014) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) announces its 2014-2015 season -- a 60th anniversary celebration that includes grand statements, premieres and ground-breaking works.

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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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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus enriches cultural life in San Diego through innovative programming featuring ground-breaking, traditional and contemporary classical music. The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus is a San Diego-based nonprofit organization comprised of professional and volunteer musicians from all walks of life, including UCSD students, staff and faculty.