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ARTICLE: Chris Thile, ‘genius grant’ winner, is as obsessive about coffee as music

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
April 20, 2019

Chris Thile doesn’t hesitate to spill the beans when it comes to one of the great loves of his life that doesn’t involve his family or music.

“Coffee is pretty big in my life. It shows up in my lyrics a bunch, the same way the ocean does. It’s a constant force,” said Thile, who since 2002 has won four Grammy Awards and — in 2012 — a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” Fellowship.

True to his word, Thile’s songwriting credits as a member of the Grammy-winning bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers include several caffeine-referencing songs.

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ARTICLE: Chris Thile, ‘genius grant’ winner, is as obsessive about coffee as music 2019-04-20T15:46:36+00:00

REVIEW: La Jolla Music Society’s Baker-Baum may not be perfect, but Midori and Thibaudet show that it might become the best concert hall in town

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Christian Hertzog
April 14, 2019

LA JOLLA — Classical music in San Diego has had a remarkable growth spurt the past few years.

San Diego Opera almost died five years ago, but under David Bennett reshaped itself into a marvelously vibrant company that mounts excellent traditional productions and provocative smaller-scale works.

After acquiring an inspiring young conductor, Rafael Payare, the San Diego Symphony has launched what promises to be its most exciting era.

The La Jolla Music Society has had setbacks recently. Kristin Lancino was president and artistic director for a little more than two years and then mysteriously resigned in January 2018. After a monthslong national search, a successor, Susan Danis, was named, but weeks after accepting her job offer, she rescinded.

But during these front office difficulties, a state-of-the-art structure was built in La Jolla, a venue the likes of which has not been seen locally since the debut of the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Last weekend, the $82 million Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center opened, and on Friday evening, brand new CEO Ted DeDee took the stage of the Baker-Baum Concert Hall for introductory comments before a concert by violinist Midori and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

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REVIEW: La Jolla Music Society’s Baker-Baum may not be perfect, but Midori and Thibaudet show that it might become the best concert hall in town 2019-04-15T18:03:20+00:00

ARTICLE: Anoushka Shankar reflects on music, her kids and her legendary father

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
April 14, 2019

Anoushka Shankar had an unusually sound reason for missing some school days during the fall semester of her 10th grade year in 1996 at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas. She was on tour and making her Carnegie Hall concert debut with her father, iconic Indian composer and sitar master Ravi Shankar.

Her audacious, self-titled debut album came out in 1998, when she was just 17. Her late father wrote all the music for the album and produced it. That same year found Anoushka — a high school honors student who was already fluent in four languages — applying to some of the top universities in the United States. Today, 21 years later, she has yet to enroll in any of them.

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ARTICLE: Anoushka Shankar reflects on music, her kids and her legendary father 2019-04-15T16:53:23+00:00

REVIEW: Jerusalem Quartet Delights in First Performance at La Jolla’s New Conrad

Times of San Diego
Barry Jagoda
April 10, 2019

With a sublime presentation Tuesday evening by the Jerusalem Quartet, it becomes readily apparent why the Baker-Baum Concert Hall inside the new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center is getting rave reviews as a chamber music venue.

Patrons were obviously thrilled, affording the quartet a standing ovation.

It took only a tiny bit of imagination to think that the string compositions of Haydn, Debussy and Beethoven were created just to be played by these magnificent Israeli musicians. The quartet is comprised of violinists Alexander Pavlovsky and Sergei Bresler, violist Ori Kam and cellist Kyril Zlotnikov.

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REVIEW: Jerusalem Quartet Delights in First Performance at La Jolla’s New Conrad 2019-04-13T16:24:36+00:00

REVIEW: Chamber-Music All-Stars Inaugurate La Jolla’s Deluxe New Concert Hall

San Francisco Classical Voice
Richard S. Ginell
April 9, 2019

For most of the decades of its existence, the La Jolla Music Society held its La Jolla Summerfest chamber music festival in the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium overlooking the Pacific. It was a multipurpose, fan-shaped room with, to put it kindly, non-descript acoustics, a hall not really designed for music. But it was home — and the festival thrived there until one day, seven years ago, it was told to leave. The hall was being demolished to make room for an expansion of the museum, and the Society held its last concert there in March 2017.

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REVIEW: Chamber-Music All-Stars Inaugurate La Jolla’s Deluxe New Concert Hall 2019-04-13T16:12:48+00:00

ARTICLE: The Conrad debuts on a grand scale in La Jolla

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Diane Bell
April 8, 2019

Friday night was The Conrad’s night. Construction dust was swept away. The music hall was tidied up, dressed up and bedecked with flowers like a debutante at her coming-out party ready to step into society.

It was the night generous donors got to see — and hear— the outcome their contributions to the $82 million privately funded concert hall and multi-purpose venue. And it was the night an army of volunteers could finally savor the satisfaction of having helped open a new chapter in La Jolla and San Diego music history.

It was the night the music lived.

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ARTICLE: The Conrad debuts on a grand scale in La Jolla 2019-04-13T16:03:58+00:00

REVIEW: Impeccable Elegance Marks La Jolla Music Society’s Opening of The Conrad

Times of San Diego
Barry Jagoda
April 7, 2019

Impeccable elegance are the words that may be used to describe the gala grand opening weekend of The Conrad, the La Jolla Music Society’s new musical and cultural center bringing heart and soul to the center of the storied village.

Inaugural concerts and building dedications almost never get it just right–but not this time. The highest quality—due to architecture, sound design and musical performance–was exactly what was on offer in the courtyard and inside the magnificent new Baker-Baum Concert Hall of The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center on Friday night and throughout the weekend.

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REVIEW: Impeccable Elegance Marks La Jolla Music Society’s Opening of The Conrad 2019-04-13T16:19:11+00:00

Review: The Conrad Presbys Performing Arts Center (The Conrad) Opens In La Jolla

The Scoop LA
Buddy Sampson
April 7, 2019

If you want to get out of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and hear music in a new state of the art music facility, you owe it to yourself to attend concerts and performances at The Conrad Presbys Performing Arts Center (The Conrad). The concert hall, with acoustics that rival the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, debuted April 5th, 6th and 7th, and were special nights, with performances that showcased the wonderful and rich sound audience members will experience as they hear their favorite music.

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Review: The Conrad Presbys Performing Arts Center (The Conrad) Opens In La Jolla 2019-04-13T16:08:08+00:00

REVIEW: Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center opens with some pomp, much circumstance

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
April 6, 2019

Hello, Conrad! Goodbye, Sherwood!

Two years and 17 days after the La Jolla Music Society held its final concert at the now-defunct Sherwood Auditorium, a new era began Friday night with the gala grand opening of the society’s state-of-the-art Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center.

The 49,000-square-foot center, otherwise known as The Conrad, was designed and built at a cost of $82 million, all but $700,000 of which had been paid for before its doors even opened. That is a formidable feat for any nonprofit arts organization. The fact that The Conrad was underwritten entirely by private donors, without a penny of public funding, is even more notable.

Or as Katherine Chapin, the society’s board chair told the sold-out audience Friday: “Tonight, we are standing in the future we dreamed of.”

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REVIEW: Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center opens with some pomp, much circumstance 2019-04-13T15:25:24+00:00

ARTICLE: Where to eat near La Jolla’s new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Michele Parente
April 4, 2019

With its gorgeous setting, landmark restaurants and top-line chefs, La Jolla has long been one of the region’s top dining destinations.

But as neighborhoods like Little Italy, North Park and Carlsbad have edged it out for culinary cachet, La Jolla isn’t always the first place that pops into hungry non-La Jollans’ minds.

Friday’s opening of the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center is sure to change that tune. The $82 million, state-of-the-art venue is the new home of the La Jolla Music Society and will also host a world-class roster of performers.

If you’re planning to eat up all that culture and it’s been a while since you’ve been to La Jolla — or are looking for a new place to try — here’s our first-string list of where to dine.

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ARTICLE: Where to eat near La Jolla’s new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center 2019-04-13T15:16:25+00:00