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ARTICLE: Under Inon Barnatan, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest begins a new era

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Beth Wood
April 14, 2019

It’s a rare occurrence, but venerable arts organizations can sometimes get a fresh start. Witness the La Jolla Music Society, which will launch its 34th SummerFest in its brand new home with its brand new music director.

Led for the first time by pianist and curator Inon Barnatan, the popular monthlong celebration of chamber music will be held at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla from Aug. 2 to Aug. 23.

SummerFest has long been known to attract top-notch musicians from around the world, and this year is no exception. The lineup includes cellist Alisa Weilerstein, pianist Conrad Tao, soprano Susanna Phillips, violinist Augustin Hadelich, baritone Tyler Duncan, the Mark Morris Dance Group and jazz vocal sensation Cecile McLorin Salvant.

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ARTICLE: Under Inon Barnatan, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest begins a new era 2019-04-15T12:00:13+00:00

PREVIEW: Eclectic musical offerings set for new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
April 3, 2019

And then what?

This weekend will see the gala opening of the La Jolla Music Society’s $82 million Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, where more than a dozen artists are set to perform between Friday and Sunday. They range from pop vocal star Seal and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro to such classical mainstays as Hilary Hahn, Wu Han, the Miro Quartet and Inon Barnatan, the new music director of the society’s annual SummerFest.

But that’s just the start of what is being billed as the “Coming Home Festival.”

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PREVIEW: Eclectic musical offerings set for new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center 2019-04-04T10:08:32+00:00

PREVIEW: Top music picks in San Diego: Gary Clark Jr., Chris Thile, Morgan James, Father John Misty and more

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
March 24, 2019

Fresh from his latest Grammy Award victory in February, mandolin master Chris Thile is a San Diego native and co-founder of the bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers. His solo concerts usually mix original compositions, Bach cantatas and bluegrass staples into an intoxicating blend.

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PREVIEW: Top music picks in San Diego: Gary Clark Jr., Chris Thile, Morgan James, Father John Misty and more 2019-03-25T11:36:02+00:00

PREVIEW: Top classical music picks in San Diego: Anoushka Shankar, San Diego Opera, Anthony Davis, Mainly Mozart Festival and more

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Beth Wood
March 24, 2019

Internationally renowned sitar player and composer Shankar, a former Encinitas resident, is as expert playing classical ragas she learned from her late father, Ravi Shankar, as she is with more contemporary styles.

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PREVIEW: Top classical music picks in San Diego: Anoushka Shankar, San Diego Opera, Anthony Davis, Mainly Mozart Festival and more 2019-03-25T11:34:08+00:00

PREVIEW: Top dance picks in San Diego: Malashock Dance, San Diego Ballet, Mojalet Dance Collective and more

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Marcia Manna
March 24, 2019

The athletic and vibrant Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates its 60th anniversary with a San Diego tour stop. Two performances, each with a different collection of repertory, makes it hard to choose which day to see this must-see show. Tuesday’s lineup includes Robert Battle’s work “Ella,” a tribute to jazz great Ella Fitzgerald with steps that trace her scat singing. Wednesday focuses on the timeless dances of the late Ailey. Both shows, however, include the inspiring masterpiece, “Revelations.”

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PREVIEW: Top dance picks in San Diego: Malashock Dance, San Diego Ballet, Mojalet Dance Collective and more 2019-03-25T11:31:38+00:00

PREVIEW: Spring classical picks: Mahler’s Eighth, Hannigan’s Ojai and ‘Central Park Five’

Los Angeles Times 
Mark Swed
March 21, 2019

La Jolla Music Society promises a new world-class concert hall, a 500-seat theater designed by Epstein Joslin Architects with acoustics by Yasuhisa Toyota. It opens with a wide-ranging gala that includes violinist Hilary Hahn, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, ukulele phenomenon Jake Shimabukuro and dancer Lil Buck.

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PREVIEW: Spring classical picks: Mahler’s Eighth, Hannigan’s Ojai and ‘Central Park Five’ 2019-03-22T16:23:49+00:00

PREVIEW: Tour celebrates the legacy of Alvin Ailey, whose dance company turns 60 this year

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Marcia Manna
March 21, 2019

Robert Battle likens the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s diverse repertory to a buffet of delicious dance offerings.

The company is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a San Diego tour stop next week and Battle is its third artistic director, chosen in 2011 by Judith Jamison, who took over for Ailey when he died in 1989.

The New York-based company presents two evenings of dance, presented by the La Jolla Music Society. Both nights feature the moving masterpiece “Revelations,” a work created by Ailey in 1960, set to a suite of spirituals that reflect all of the emotions of worship, from angst to joyous gratitude.

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PREVIEW: Tour celebrates the legacy of Alvin Ailey, whose dance company turns 60 this year 2019-03-25T11:27:24+00:00

PREVIEW: Joffrey Ballet heads west as part of La Jolla Music Society’s Dance Series

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Marcia Manna
March 5, 2019

When the Joffrey Ballet performs “Beyond the Shore,” a dance created by choreographer and ballet master Nicolas Blanc, the audience is invited to witness a daring journey through an ever-changing environment.

A soundscape by modern composer Mason Bates accompanies the work, which has six atmospheric movements that suggest unfamiliar landscapes, from tropical waters to a walk in space.

On Friday, audiences can experience “Beyond the Shore” when the Joffrey Ballet makes a tour stop at the San Diego Civic Theatre as part of the La Jolla Music Society’s Dance Series.

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PREVIEW: Joffrey Ballet heads west as part of La Jolla Music Society’s Dance Series 2019-03-12T09:10:21+00:00

ARTICLE: La Jolla Music Society names Ted DeDee as CEO, a month before its new $80 million arts center opens

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
March 1, 2019

The La Jolla Music Society has appointed veteran arts administrator Ted DeDee as its new CEO and president, effective April 1, only four days before the opening of the nonprofit arts organization’s $80 million Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center.

DeDee’s appointment, which will officially be announced later today, comes after he was unanimously selected Thursday night by the society’s 34-member board of directors. He was one of five finalists interviewed by the board, which received 91 applications from across the nation. He has signed a three-year contract, with options to renew. His salary has not been disclosed.

Significantly, DeDee was the only contender whose resumé includes having led seven performing arts centers across the United States. A partial list of those centers includes the Eastman School of Music’s Eastman Theatre in Rochester, N. Y.; the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, both in Nashville; and Wisconsin’s $205 million Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, where Dedee was CEO and president from 2012 to 2018.

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ARTICLE: La Jolla Music Society names Ted DeDee as CEO, a month before its new $80 million arts center opens 2019-03-01T14:54:23+00:00

REVIEW: THE LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY’S JAZZ IN THE KEY OF ELLISON at The Balboa Theatre

Broadway World San Diego
Ron Bierman
February 21, 2019

The La Jolla Music Society continued its eclectic 50th anniversary season with “Jazz in the Key of Ellison,” a multimedia concert at the Balboa Theatre featuring music made popular by author Ralph Ellison’s favorite artists including Duke EllingtonLouis Armstrong, and Thelonious Monk. Ellison loved jazz. He often wrote about it, and it plays an important role in Invisible Man, his best known work. Jazz influenced his approach to life. He said, “The real secret of the game is to make life swing.”

The two-hour concert was preceded by Robert John Hughes‘ interview of Robert O’Meally, a Columbia professor of jazz studies and author of Living with Music: Ralph Ellison’s Jazz Writings. O’Meally’s combination of audience-friendly delivery and knowledge of jazz and Ellison’s depiction of racial discrimination were a perfect prelude to the concert that followed.

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REVIEW: THE LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY’S JAZZ IN THE KEY OF ELLISON at The Balboa Theatre 2019-02-21T16:02:15+00:00