San Diego Jewish World
Eileen Wingard
July 25, 2019

It must have been a challenging task for the La Jolla Music Society to find a successor for Summerfest’s former director, violinist Cho-Liang Lin. Taiwanese-born Lin was not only a brilliant violinist with a successful career as a performer, but he proved himself to be a gifted administrator and programmer, bringing top-notch talent to the internationally-acclaimed La Jolla Music Society’s annual summer festival.

Now, another outstanding musician, Israeli-born pianist, Inon Barnatan, has taken over the leadership role. The Tel Aviv native, called, “One of the most admired pianists of his generation,” by the New York Times, has lined up three weeks of innovative programming for the three-week Summerfest, which opens Friday, August 2, 8:00 pm, at the new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center.

Barnatan’s programming has the mark of a creative artist who thinks outside the box, and whose vision encompasses all of the arts. The three-concert “synergy initiative series” produced by Barnatan and Clara W. Tsai, exemplifies his creativity. The first one, Wednesday, August 7, 8:00 pm, will feature jazz singer, Cecile Mclorin Salvant and jazz pianist, Aaron Diehl, as well as Barnatan, himself. The program is entitled, “Intersection,” and will highlight the symbiotic relationship between classical music and jazz.