ABOUT THE CONRAD
HOME OF LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY
Since 1941 La Jolla Music Society has enhanced the vitality and has deepened the cultural life of San Diego by presenting and producing a dynamic range of performing arts for the community. That artistic inspiration and passion continues with the development of The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, known as The Conrad.
The Conrad serves as a heart of cultural, arts education and community event activity in La Jolla, bringing world-class performances to the community and is the new permanent home of La Jolla Music Society. The new performing arts center, which is located at 7600 Fay Avenue in La Jolla, includes a 500-seat concert hall, a 2000 square foot flexible performance space, a generous meeting / reception room, a large central courtyard, and new offices for La Jolla Music Society. The Conrad opened April 5, 2019. In addition to holding world-class performances, The Conrad is available to rent for education programs, conferences, weddings or myriad other uses by individuals and organizations, making the venue an ideal community partner.
Community spirit was elemental to the building’s design so La Jolla Music Society went through a yearlong competitive process to select an architecture firm that had extensive experience building acclaimed music halls and could build a distinctive and beautiful performing arts center that would immediately be recognized as having its roots in La Jolla. EPSTEIN JOSLIN Architects, Inc., from Cambridge, Massachusetts, were selected from a field of 15 firms across America to design the performing arts center. EPSTEIN JOSLIN Architects is renowned for its expertise in creating performing spaces. The construction of the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Massachusetts was a collaboration between lead architects Alan Joslin and Deborah Epstein (Epstein Joslin Architects, Cambridge, MA) and internationally known acoustician R. Lawrence Kirkegaard (Kirkegaard Associates, Chicago, IL). Joslin and Kirkegaard have worked together on performing arts venues for over 20 years, beginning with the design of Boston Symphony’s Seiji Ozawa Hall.
EJA has a deep understanding of how a venue can enhance a performance experience, as well as the neighborhood and the cultural landscape of San Diego, making them the perfect match for this performing arts center. While The Conrad is a 49,000-square-foot facility, the concert hall is designed to keep the relationship between the audience and the performers as intimate and direct as possible.
The Conrad aims to be known as a music hall, internationally recognized for its excellent acoustics. For that reason, La Jolla Music Society engaged Yasuhisa Toyota, president of Nagata Acoustics America to develop a concert hall that is acoustically-exceptional. With offices in Tokyo, Los Angeles and Paris, Nagata Acoustics, Inc. is a leader in providing the best technologically advanced acoustical design services and the company has worked on many important concert venues such as Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Hamburg’s Elbephilharmonie and Paris’ Philharmonie de Paris.
After vetting many general contractors we are proud to work with DPR Construction. With offices across the United States, DPR Construction is consistently one of San Diego’s top-ranked builders and has been named #1 Best Place to Work. Nationally, DPR Construction has worked on many performances spaces such as Cobb Energy Performing Arts, Library of Congress NAVCC, and Wiltern Theatre. Locally their projects include work at The Old Globe Theatre and the Illumina Amphitheatre.