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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Season Finale All about Love
Conductor David Chase concludes 43-year tenure.

La Jolla, Calif. (May 18, 2017) — Dr. David Chase conducts the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) in its season finale and the conclusion of his 43-year tenure as Choral Director. His final sendoff is a program inspired by love in its many faces: Hector Berlioz’s Overture to Beatrice and Benedict; Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht; and Samuel Barber’s The Lovers. Guest artist is baritone Gregorio Gonzalez.


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Art Exhibitions Inspire U.S. Premiere and a Perennial Favorite by Mussorgsky on La Jolla Symphony Program

La Jolla, Calif. (February 23, 2017) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the fifth concert of its 62nd season. Guest Conductor Michael Gerdes, Director of Orchestras at San Diego State University, leads the orchestra and guest artist Carlos Aguilar, flute, in a colorful program of Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute, the U.S. premiere of Vivian Fung’s Biennale Snapshots, and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.


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320 Musicians Fill the Stage for Verdi’s Magnificent “Requiem”

La Jolla, Calif. (February 23, 2017) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the concert event of the season. Music Director Steven Schick conducts orchestra and chorus, four operatic soloists, and two guest choruses in Giuseppe Verdi’s magnificent Requiem. There will be three performances of this concert: March 17-19.


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Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and the Symphony Reimagined in LJS&C February Concert

La Jolla, Calif. (January 19, 2017) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the third concert of its 62nd season, a program of extremes -- from the singular focus of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto to the post-modern pastiche of Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia. Music Director Steven Schick conducts the orchestra and guest artists, violinist David Bowlin and vocal octet Kallisti, in a concert that begins with Gioachino Rossini’s overture to the Barber of Seville.


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Stravinsky’s “Psalms” and Beethoven Headline December Concert

La Jolla, Calif. (November 9, 2016) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the second concert of its 62nd season, showcasing two very different approaches to the symphony the weekend of December 3-4. Music Director Steven Schick conducts the orchestra and chorus in Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and orchestra in Beethoven’s 6th Symphony. The program also includes the premiere of Thomas Nee Commission winner Kevin Zhang’s new true mirrors, furrowed, flooded, extended quite far; and Iranian-American composer Gity Razaz’s In the Midst of Flux.


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Patrick Walders Tapped to Succeed LJS&C Choral Director David Chase in 2017-2018 Season

La Jolla, Calif. (November 1, 2016) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Patrick Walders as its next choral director. Dr. David Chase has been the organization’s choral director since 1973 and will retire at the end of the current season in June 2017. Walders briefly served as acting choral director for LJS&C during Chase’s sabbatical last fall. He was named as Chase’s successor after a recently-concluded search that included both local and out-of-state candidates. Walders is an Associate Professor of Music at San Diego State University (SDSU), where he conducts the Aztec Concert Choir, SDSU Chamber Choir, and oversees the University Chorus. Additionally, he maintains an active career as a professional vocalist, music educator, church musician, clinician and conductor.


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Beethoven’s 5th Symphony Launches New Season

La Jolla, Calif. (October 11, 2016) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the opening concert of its 62nd season, showcasing music of composers written during the rich midpoint of their careers. Music Director Steven Schick conducts Beethoven’s famous Symphony No. 5 in a program that includes Alexander Scriabin’s Le Poème de l’extase (Poem of Ecstasy) and two newer works: Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aeriality and Bryce Dessner’s Lachrymae.


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Steven Schick Renews Contract with LJS&C

La Jolla, Calif. (August 25, 2016) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) is pleased to announce the renewal of Music Director Steven Schick’s contract through June 2022. The current 2016-2017 season is Schick’s 10th anniversary with the ensemble. The five-year renewal for his services as music director and conductor will take effect beginning July 1, 2017.


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Hindemith’s Finest Work for Chorus and Orchestra, Britten’s An American Overture in Season Finale

La Jolla, Calif. (May 11, 2016) — On June 4-5, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents the final concert of its 61st season, Soundscape San Diego, in this imaginative pairing of works written in America by two European masters. Choral Director David Chase leads the orchestra, chorus, and soloists Janelle DeStefano and Darren Chase in Paul Hindemith’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d: a Requiem for those we love. The concert opens with Benjamin Britten’s An American Overture.


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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.