La Jolla, Calif. (May 12, 2015) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the final concert of its 60th anniversary season, The Nature of Things, on June 6 and 7. Choral Director David Chase conducts the orchestra, chorus, and guest artists Annelle Gregory, violin; Priti Gandhi, soprano; Edward Mout, tenor; and San Diego North Coast Singers youth choir in a poetic and uplifting season-ending concert featuring Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and the West Coast premiere of Jonathan Dove’s oratorio, There Was a Child.
La Jolla, Calif. (April 10, 2015) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the fifth concert of its 60th anniversary season, themed The Nature of Things. Guest conductor Christopher Rountree, artistic director and conductor of wild Up, an adventurous chamber group that blends new music, classical repertoire, performance art, and pop, leads a unique American program: Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah”; the world premiere of Yeung-ping Chen’s The Moon in La Jolla, this year’s Thomas Nee Commission; and Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 2. Mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson solos in the Bernstein.
La Jolla, Calif. (March 24, 2015) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) announces its 2015-2016 season themed “Soundscape San Diego: exploration and remembrance,” a six-concert subscription series plus two free concert events. Season highlights offer three works by visiting composer John Luther Adams, including Sila: The Breath of the World performed in Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden and his 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean; a choreographed version of Igor Stravinsky’s Persephone with Lux Boreal Dance Company of Tijuana; Michael Gordon and Bill Morrison’s haunting, multimedia depiction of early New York City, Gotham; and exciting guest artists including pianists Aleck Karis and Lisa Moore, Alice Teyssier (as narrator in Persephone), and singers Janelle DeStefano and Darren Chase (son of choral director David Chase).
La Jolla, Calif. (February 23, 2015) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) performs Hector Berlioz’s Requiem in its fourth concert of its 60th anniversary season. Music Director Steven Schick will conduct orchestra, chorus, and special guests -- the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and tenor soloist John Tiranno, in one of the most fabulous pieces of music ever conceived. The concert is offered in three performances: March 13-15, 2015.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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