The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
June 11, 2020

The 2020 edition of the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest was postponed in May until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the annual August festival will now take place in a smaller, “re-imagined” form.

This year’s edition of the 34-year-old chamber-music festival was originally scheduled to feature 18 concerts between July 31 and Aug. 21, all in the society’s $82 million Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, which opened last year.

The “re-imagined” SummerFest will feature six performances between Aug. 21 and 29 in the center’s Baker-Baum Concert Hall. An innovative Aug. 30 gala will be held at the Lodge at Torrey Pines, where the musicians will perform on the lawn and attendees will watch from the balconies of their hotel rooms, with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop.

“I feel very strongly that music is a huge comfort to me and to anybody who loves music. As a service for musicians and audiences, I think it’s important not to take the easy way out and just cancel,” SummerFest Music Director Inon Barnatan said Wednesday afternoon from his home in New York City.