La Jolla Light 
Julian Willis
August 6, 2019

In April, LJMS — like a butterfly exiting a chrysalis — achieved a bold transformation, now on full display during SummerFest 2019, its annual celebration of chamber and classical music, which runs Aug. 2-23.

The most recognizable change is physical: LJMS’ new permanent home, the $82 million gleaming Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, designed by Epstein Joslin Architects at 7600 Fay Ave., just west of the The Lot movie theater complex. The Conrad, as it’s affectionately known, boasts the 513-seat Baker-Baum Concert Hall, a horseshoe-shaped venue reminiscent of a European Opera House.

Encircled by a wood grillage, which brings in slats of natural light, the Baker-Baum provides world-class acoustics, designed by Nagata Acoustics, a firm that was instrumental in the creation of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Kyoto Concert Hall in Tokyo, and the Philharmonie in Paris.