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REVIEW: La Jolla Music Society Presents The Academy of St Martin in the Fields at San Diego’s Jacobs Music Center

Broadway World
Ron Bierman
March 20, 2018

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra, with first violinist and music director Joshua Bell, performed Friday night at San Diego’s Jacobs Music Center as part of the La Jolla Music Society’s ongoing Orchestra Series. Over the years the series has featured only the best of the world’s symphony orchestras, including many that often appear in world top-ten lists. The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, a chamber orchestra with only 43 musicians rather than the 80 or so usually on the stage in a symphony orchestra…

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REVIEW: La Jolla Music Society Presents The Academy of St Martin in the Fields at San Diego’s Jacobs Music Center 2018-03-20T09:40:02+00:00

REVIEW: Brits and Bell Bravely Brandish Beethoven Beatifically

San Diego Story
Ken Herman
March 18, 2018

In a way, experiencing the storied Academy of St. Martin in the Fields play in the Jacobs Music Center on Friday (March 16) was like encountering a long lost friend. In the distant salad days of classical radio broadcasting, hearing an announcer intone “played by the Academy of St. Martin in the Field under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner” seemed as ubiquitous as the station identification.

With a catalogue of some 500 recordings, this chamber orchestra covered the waterfront with fresh, vibrant accounts of a wide range of western music. When Marriner retired—at age 87—in 2011, the famous American violin virtuoso Joshua Bell succeeded him, and Bell provided the center of Friday’s concert. He starred in Henryk Weiniawski’s Second Violin Concerto in D Minor and led the ensemble as Concertmaster in Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony.

I am happy to report that the orchestra’s signature élan—its immaculate precision, tight ensemble, and ingratiating sonority—remains firmly in place under Bell, a condition that was immediately communicated by orchestra’s sparkling, elegantly detailed account of the familiar Mendelssohn Overture…

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REVIEW: Brits and Bell Bravely Brandish Beethoven Beatifically 2018-03-18T09:58:01+00:00

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with La Jolla Music Society in the search for a President and CEO.

PRESIDENT AND CEO

LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY
La Jolla, California

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with La Jolla Music Society in the search for a President and CEO.

La Jolla Music Society (LJMS) is seeking an experienced senior executive with an achievement-oriented record of leading well-established performing arts organizations. The President and CEO of LJMS provides vision, leadership, and management to ensure that the organization fulfills its mission and achieves its goals for excellence, earned and contributed income, and community engagement.

La Jolla Music Society is one of the West Coast’s premier performing arts organizations, enhancing the vitality and deepening the cultural life of the San Diego community. For nearly half a century, LJMS has presented inspired and innovative live performances, from the most widely respected orchestras to young artist winners of international music competitions to world-renowned performers of jazz and dance.

In 2019, after a successful $78 million capital and endowment campaign, LJMS will open a new facility in La Jolla that will be the foremost entertainment venue of its kind in San Diego. The opening of The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in April 2019 is a transformational moment for the La Jolla Music Society. Located in the heart of La Jolla with state-of-the-art acoustics and architectural design, The Conrad is uniquely situated to be a performing arts destination throughout the West Coast. The new President and CEO will be charged with management of the 49,000 square foot facility and the essential generation of rental income to support the building, in addition to execution of successful, high quality presentations under the LJMS banner.

Also in 2019, LJMS will welcome new SummerFest Music Director, Inon Barnatan, as the orchestrator of its annual August chamber music festival of live performances and community engagement activities. The new President and CEO will oversee Mr. Barnatan and the Director of Programming as they set the artistic vision and programmatic direction to advance SummerFest to the next level. Furthermore, the new President and CEO will lead LJMS to expand its year-round multidisciplinary presentations including chamber and orchestral music, as well as established and emerging artists in the worlds of jazz, dance, cabaret, and new world music.

As part of the completion of The Conrad building project, LJMS is embarking on an additional $10 million education and programming endowment campaign. The new President and CEO and the Board will champion the expansion of the current endowment to 1) fund imaginative music education opportunities; 2) offer creative new arts experiences; and 3) initiate innovative collaborations and community engagement around San Diego County.

The next President and CEO will have key priorities, focused specifically on 1) leadership of all aspects of the organization; 2) fundraising for LJMS; 3) rental and promotion of The Conrad; 4) artistic and educational oversight; and 5) fiscally sound management of both LJMS and The Conrad. This exciting unfolding chapter in LJMS’s history will provide the new President and CEO a prominent platform in the center of the San Diego artistic community and an opportunity to position The Conrad as a showcase cultural and entertainment center.

A minimum of ten years of arts leadership or commensurate experience is required for this position. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

To apply for this position, visit:
https://opportunities.aspenleadershipgroup.com/opportunities/352

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with La Jolla Music Society in the search for a President and CEO. 2018-03-16T13:39:30+00:00

ARTICLE: SummerFest 2018 season will celebrate outgoing music director Cho-Liang Lin’s 18-year tenure

San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
March 3, 2018

SummerFest 2018 season will celebrate outgoing music director Cho-Liang Lin’s 18-year tenure
The 2018 edition of the La Jolla Music Society’s annual SummerFest chamber music festival will be an era-ending landmark for its music director, Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin, who has guided the annual August event for the past 18 of its 32 years.

“I wanted all my favorite musicians, my best friends, to come and celebrate my farewell with me and have a last season I can proudly say is a good one,” said Lin, speaking from his home in Houston, where he is a professor of violin studies at Rice University.

The star-packed lineup Lin has assembled — which includes Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman and San Diego’s Wu Man and Steven Schick — affirms he has achieved his goal. Starting in the summer of 2019, Lin will launch the nonprofit Taipei Festival & Academy in his native Taiwan. SummerFest’s new music director, Inon Barnatan, will take the mantle next year.

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ARTICLE: SummerFest 2018 season will celebrate outgoing music director Cho-Liang Lin’s 18-year tenure 2018-03-03T14:06:41+00:00

REVIEW: Revolutionary Piano Music from a Revolutionary Pianist: Pierre-Laurent Aimard

San Diego Story
Ken Herman
March 3, 2018

Revolutionary Piano Music from a Revolutionary Pianist: Pierre-Laurent Aimard
In an amazing solo recital Thursday at the Balboa Theatre, Pierre-Laurent Aimard gave his account of revolutionary piano music from the last two centuries, anchored in Beethoven’s landmark Hammerklavier Piano Sonata, Op. 106, from 1818.

Aimard spent the first half of his recital presenting a collage of avant-garde selections from late Franz Liszt to Scriabin and Messaien, including the little known Russian mystic Nikolay Obukhov. Played without interruption, these six pieces filled the audience with surprise, questioning, and perhaps even discomfort, reactions that Beethoven’s audiences no doubt experienced hearing his startling—for its time—Hammerklavier.

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REVIEW: Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard makes connections from Liszt to Messiaen in clever La Jolla Music Society program

San Diego Union-Tribune
Christian Hertzog
March 2, 2018

Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard makes connections from Liszt to Messiaen in clever La Jolla Music Society program
Pierre-Laurent Aimard is a giant in interpreting the piano music of our time. His performances of Ligeti, Boulez and Messiaen had the composers’ blessings, but his remarkable piano recital Thursday evening showed a different side.

In his first concert for the La Jolla Music Society, Aimard built a program around Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier Sonata.” Addressing the crowd at the Balboa Theatre before playing, Aimard discussed the challenge of constructing an evening around this formidable piano sonata, calling it a “Mt. Everest of musical history.” (It fittingly was given the entire second half of the concert to itself).

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REVIEW: Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard makes connections from Liszt to Messiaen in clever La Jolla Music Society program 2018-03-02T13:51:29+00:00

ARTICLE: At La Jolla Music Society this weekend, a musical trifecta: Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Beth Wood
March 1, 2018

At La Jolla Music Society this weekend, a musical trifecta: Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma

Internationally acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, joined by Greek violin virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos, will perform at La Jolla Music Society’s WinterFest Gala 2018 concert Saturday at Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall.

Ax and Ma are such veteran collaborators that a San Diego Tribune critic praised their musical longevity, way back in 1990.

“They have played together for some time, and it shows,” the reviewer wrote about the duo’s La Jolla Music Society concert 28 years ago. “Like a good marriage, theirs is a musical union made in heaven.”

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ARTICLE: At La Jolla Music Society this weekend, a musical trifecta: Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma 2018-03-01T12:26:10+00:00

ARTICLE: Musician Paul Huang: ‘Finding a voice in the violin was a revelation’

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Beth Wood
February 22, 2018

Musician Paul Huang: ‘Finding a voice in the violin was a revelation’

Paul Huang is so busy performing as a guest violinist with orchestras and in chamber ensembles around the world that he spends little time in his New York apartment. But when he does, he enjoys entertaining.

“I love cooking and inviting friends over,” said Huang, who will perform a La Jolla Music Society concert at TSRI Auditorium on Sunday. “I don’t do it enough. A lot of my friends are musicians, so it’s a rare occasion when I can cook at home.”

Although he was there at the time of this interview, cooking was not on the agenda. Huang was busy rehearsing with pianist Helen Huang (no relation), who will join him on an eight-concert tour of Asia and North America, including Sunday’s performance here. The two musicians are from Taiwan, met as young children and are now friends and collaborators.

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ARTICLE: Musician Paul Huang: ‘Finding a voice in the violin was a revelation’ 2018-02-28T10:11:10+00:00

ARTICLE: Inon Barnatan named new SummerFest music director by La Jolla Music Society

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
February 8, 2018

Inon Barnatan named new SummerFest music director by La Jolla Music Society

Acclaimed pianist Inon Barnatan has been chosen by the La Jolla Music Society to succeed Cho-Liang “Jimmy” Lin as the music director of SummerFest, the nonprofit arts organization’s annual August chamber-music festival.

The Israeli-born, New York-based Barnatan will be only the fourth SummerFest music director in the event’s 32-year history.

Barnatan, 38, will take over in 2019 from Lin, 58, who will conclude his 18th year heading SummerFest on Aug. 31. Barnatan’s first season in his new position will coincide with next spring’s opening of the society’s new, $78 million Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla.
 
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ARTICLE: Inon Barnatan named new SummerFest music director by La Jolla Music Society 2018-02-08T17:21:08+00:00

ARTICLE: Zakir Hussain leaps borders with all-star jazz & Indian music band Crosscurrents George Varga

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
October 21, 2017

Zakir Hussain leaps borders with all-star jazz & Indian music band Crosscurrents

George Harrison offered some life-changing advice when a young Zakir Hussain told the former Beatle he wanted to become the world’s first great rock drummer from India.
In a word — well, two — Harrison told him simply: Forget it.
“As young musicians in India, we were all taken by the glitter of the Western world. We wanted to be George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger,” recalled the Grammy Award-winning Hussain.

 

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ARTICLE: Zakir Hussain leaps borders with all-star jazz & Indian music band Crosscurrents George Varga 2017-10-21T10:01:07+00:00