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ARTICLE:
Emerson String Quartet closes La Jolla Music Society’s chamber series

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Michael Rocha
April 17, 2017

Emerson String Quartet closes La Jolla Music Society’s chamber series

“There’s no shortage of accolades and achievements for the Emerson String Quartet. Nine Grammys, including two for best classical album. Three Gramophones, one of the most prestigious awards in classical music. “Ensemble of the Year” by Musical America, the nation’s oldest classical music magazine.

The 40-year-old ensemble — violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton and cellist Paul Watkins — returns to San Diego on Saturday to close the La Jolla Music Society’s Revelle Chamber Music Series. Its program will feature Mozart’s String Quartet in D Minor, Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 4 and Dvo?ák’s String Quartet No. 11, Op. 61.”

 

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Emerson String Quartet closes La Jolla Music Society’s chamber series
2017-04-18T12:28:10+00:00

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Black Grace: Conjuring exquisite dances from ancient bones

SanDiegoStory.com
Kris Eitland
April 15, 2017

Black Grace: Conjuring exquisite dances from ancient bones

“Calling someone black in Neil Ieremia’s New Zealand neighborhood meant they were daring and brave, though few men connected with the word grace. He combined the words to name his dance company Black Grace, which conjured exquisite modern dances from ancient bones at the Spreckels Theatre April 8.”

 

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Black Grace: Conjuring exquisite dances from ancient bones
2017-04-18T09:18:24+00:00

ARTICLE:
Black Grace sweats the mechanics, then feelings kick in

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Marcia Manna
April 5, 2017

Black Grace sweats the mechanics, then feelings kick in

“In the beginning stages of a choreographic work, dancers count.

Two, three, four, step, turn, support a partner’s hipbones and lift, two, three, four and resolve.

But the mechanics of a dance can only become a thing of beauty when the dancers are driven by what they feel within.

Neil Ieremia, artistic director of the New Zealand contemporary dance troupe Black Grace, says it’s a struggle to move past counting to sharing an emotion that resonates, not just among his dancers but to audiences worldwide.”

 

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Black Grace sweats the mechanics, then feelings kick in
2017-04-07T16:10:03+00:00

ARTICLE:
Conductor Fabio Luisi brings Danish National Symphony Orchestra to U.S.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Michael James Rocha
March 21, 2017

Conductor Fabio Luisi brings Danish National Symphony Orchestra to U.S.

“There’s a five-letter word in conductor Fabio Luisi’s vocabulary that packs a lot of power: trust.

“Being a conductor is a special thing,” Luisi said by phone from Zurich, Switzerland. “You cannot practice at home. You can only practice when you’re with an orchestra. And one of the most important things you can do when you’re with an orchestra is this: You have to trust — trust that you’re working with excellent musicians whose goal is to do their best.”

Luisi will put a lot of trust in his fellow musicians on March 30 when he and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra come to San Diego as part of a five-city American tour that begins in Santa Barbara on March 28 and ends in San Francisco on April 3. Luisi, the Metropolitan Opera’s principal conductor and Zurich Opera’s general music director, is the newly named principal conductor of the 92-year-old Danish National Symphony Orchestra, which is based out of Copenhagen Concert Hall.”

 

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Conductor Fabio Luisi brings Danish National Symphony Orchestra to U.S.
2017-03-28T10:49:39+00:00

ARTICLE:
Dance into spring with La Jolla Music Society, March 18 and April 8

La Jolla Light
Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
March 16, 2017

Dance into spring with La Jolla Music Society, March 18 and April 8

“La Jolla Music Society traces its roots back to 1941, when Nikolai Sokoloff, former conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, originally founded the Musical Arts Society of La Jolla. Over the years, the organization has grown and prospered, adding dance to their offerings a decade ago.

This spring’s Dance Series programs are particularly appealing: two very different companies from two very different parts of the world — the south of France, and the Southern Hemisphere.

On March 18, at the Civic Theatre, Malandain Ballet Biarritz will present a new spin on the old tale of “Beauty and the Beast,” set to music by Tchaikovsky. Under the direction of choreographer Thierry Malandain, known for combining classical technique and contemporary vision, MBB has become one of Europe’s most popular dance companies since its beginnings in 1998, in the resort town of Biarritz, on France’s southwestern coast.

This full-length “Beauty,” called “beautiful and dark” by French reviewers after its 2015 premiere, is influenced by Jean Cocteau’s 1946 classic film and Malandain’s own inner demons, and brightened by “the choreographer’s acute sensitivity, wit and talent.” Here in its U.S. premiere, it’s as far from the new Disney film as you can imagine, but promises to be a stunning experience.”

 

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Dance into spring with La Jolla Music Society, March 18 and April 8
2017-03-17T10:43:47+00:00

ARTICLE:
Black Grace: Dance Unbound

Rage Monthly Magazine
Joel Martens
March 14, 2017

Black Grace: Dance Unbound

“They say that music is the universal language. It’s inherent to all human conditions and a language that shares stunning commonalities, no matter what place you inhabit on the globe.
Another expression we share as humans? We dance.

Drop yourself anywhere on this diverse planet, no matter how remote and you will find some form of dance movement. It may not be on a gilded stage, or choreographed in the style of a grand, classical ballet, but it will be there. The gift of joyous abandon to physical movement, engaging rhythms formed by sinew and bone, as compelling be they in a discotheque, just beyond the proscenium or around a jungle fire. In whatever form, it is a beautiful thing.

Some may be better-equipped to execute the ritual, indeed, some spend their entire lives perfecting it. Classical ballet offers a certain kind of beauty through controlled, physical perfection and modern dance seeks to break free of those bonds, creating a genre of ecstatic expression that is in many ways, limitless. Movement imbued with richness culled from unique cultures and traditions, creations for which innovation is the paradigm.”

 

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Black Grace: Dance Unbound
2017-03-14T16:05:41+00:00

REVIEW:
Tafelmusik Baroque Brings Period Music and Sociology to La Jolla

SanDiegoStory.com
Ken Herman
March 12, 2017

Tafelmusik Baroque Brings Period Music and Sociology to La Jolla

“San Diego history was made Friday (March 10) at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla. Canada’s highly respected Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra made its local debut, and San Diego classical music devotees said farewell to Sherwood Auditorium.

For 56 years this modest, 500-seat hall occupying a coveted Prospect St. location has been the primary venue for the La Jolla Music Society. For decades that organization amibitiously expanded its programming and annual budget with scant evident concern for establishing its own La Jolla venue.

But once the museum obtained the financial means to tear down Sherwood in order to build spacious galleries on that prized parcel of land—essentially quadrupling the museum’s floor space—the Music Society was given what is called in less tony San Diego neighborhoods an eviction notice. In her opening remarks Friday evening, President and Artistic Director of the Music Society Kristin Lancino put the best possible face on this state of affairs, in spite of the clearly compromised situation: the most optimistic completion of the Music Society’s new facilities on Fay Avenue—the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center—is projected to be 2019.”

 

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Tafelmusik Baroque Brings Period Music and Sociology to La Jolla
2017-03-14T16:04:22+00:00

REVIEW:
Bach celebrated in glorious baroque concerts

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Christian Hertzog
March 12, 2017

Bach celebrated in glorious baroque concerts

“It’s been a great week for local early music fans. They’re enjoying an unprecedented four-concert festival, “Sounds of the Baroque,” involving three San Diego organizations.

The first three concerts were a Bachapalooza.

On Thursday, the La Jolla Music Society presented jazz pianist Brad Mehldau playing Johann Sebastian Bach along with his own compositions and improvisations. On Friday, LJMS brought the baroque orchestra Tafelmusik to Sherwood Auditorium for a multimedia extravaganza about Bach and Leipzig, where he spent the last 27 years of his life.”

 

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Bach celebrated in glorious baroque concerts
2017-03-14T16:02:58+00:00

ARTICLE:
San Diego organizations come together to celebrate Early Music Month

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Beth Wood
March 8, 2017

San Diego organizations come together to celebrate Early Music Month

“Serendipity and a shared passion for the music of Johann Sebastian Bach have inspired an unprecedented concert series from three well-established San Diego arts organizations. “Sounds of the Baroque” presents four early-music concerts, Thursday through Tuesday.

“Initially it was a nail-biting experience, hoping we could pull this off,” said Greta Treadgold, president of San Diego Early Music Society.”

 

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San Diego organizations come together to celebrate Early Music Month
2017-03-08T16:05:04+00:00

ARTICLE:
The Conrad breaks ground: New La Jolla Music Society facility to open in 2019

La Jolla Light
Ashley Mackin
January 29, 2017

The Conrad breaks ground: New La Jolla Music Society facility to open in 2019

“Conrad (Prebys) supported many organizations in San Diego because he knew they were good for everyone. Supporting La Jolla Music Society he did for himself, out of love. He chose to support organizations when their mission hit him in the gut, this one hit him in the heart. Music was such an enormous part of his life … Conrad was so very proud and honored to help make this day happen,” said the late Prebys’ partner, Debbie Turner, after a seemingly endless applause, at the groundbreaking ceremony of The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, aka The Conrad. Prebys gave $15 million for the center’s construction before his passing in July 2016.

La Jolla Music Society (LJMS) broke ground on what will be its new permanent home at 7600 Fay Ave. on Feb. 1. The $76 million, 49,000-square-foot performing arts center is set to open in January 2019 and will feature a 500-seat concert hall, to be known as the Baker-Baum Concert Hall; a 140-seat flexible performance space, to be known as The JAI; new LJMS offices; rehearsal rooms; and a large open courtyard. LJMS’s former home, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, is being torn down for a major renovation to quadruple its gallery space.””

 

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The Conrad breaks ground: New La Jolla Music Society facility to open in 2019
2017-02-17T10:26:58+00:00