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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Grand Season Finale on June 6-7

News | 27th May 2015

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Choral Director David Chase leads the season-ending concerts on June 6 and 7. The program opens with 19-year-old violinist Annelle Gregory (2013 Young Artist Winner) performing Tchaikovsky’s great Violin Concerto, considered one of the most difficult violin concertos ever written. Then chorus and orchestra, joined by soprano Priti Gandhi, tenor Edward Mout, and the San Diego North Coast Singers youth choir, perform the West Coast premiere of Jonathon Dove’s grand cantata, There Was a Child, setting texts by English and American poets.

Concert-goers can attend a pre-concert lecture one hour prior to concert time. Hear the “inside story” behind each concert with lively commentary by Music Director Steven Schick, Choral Director David Chase, visiting composers, and guest lecturers. The pre-concert lecture lasts about 25 minutes. Parking is free on Saturday and Sunday.

Rooted in San Diego for over 50 years, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus enriches our lives through affordable concerts of ground-breaking, traditional and contemporary music. The performance ensemble is affiliated with the University of California, San Diego, performing six concert weekends a year at UCSD’s Mandeville Auditorium as well as special concerts at other venues in Southern California. The LJS&C is an independent, non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, comprised of volunteer musicians from all walks of life, including community members, UCSD students, staff and faculty, as well as professional musicians – a diverse group with exceptional talent and passion for the music it performs.

The LJS&C is dedicated to keeping the spirit of community music-making vibrant for future generations. It provides educational in-reach by bringing students to open rehearsals, concerts and music clinics and outreach to City and County school children. Through education and outreach programs, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus enriches the lives of students and residents throughout San Diego by offering opportunities to learn music, perform on stage, interact with talented musicians, and attend concert events. The LJS&C also supports emerging talent through its Young Artists Competition and an annual commission for composers of new works.

LJS&C’s dedication to uncommon music has resulted in programming in which 40% or more of its performances include premieres, recent compositions, and/or rarely performed orchestral and choral works. Examples of this adventurous programming include:

  • The American premiere of Philip Glass’ Cello Concerto.
  • Sitar Concerto No. 1 by Ravi Shankar, performed with his daughter, Anoushka Shankar.
  • The commissioning and world premiere of Concerto for Mariachi and Orchestra by Jeff Nevin.
  • The West Coast premiere of Ode to Common Things by Cary Ratcliff, an oratorio based on the poetry of Pablo Neruda.
  • The commissioning and world premiere of Linda Kernohan’s Now A Wanderer, a work for chorus and orchestra based on the memoirs of female aviator Beryl Markham.

The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus occupies a unique role in the arts by providing community musicians a home for their talent and passion, and audiences exciting programming at affordable prices. With ticket prices covering only a portion of artistic and operating expenses, the LJS&C relies on the support of individual donors, corporate sponsors, and grants to bridge the gap between ticket prices and operating expenses.

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