Oct
16
Wed
BÉLA FLECK, ZAKIR HUSSAIN, EDGAR MEYER
Oct 16 @ 8:00 pm
Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer

BÉLA FLECK, ZAKIR HUSSAIN, AND EDGAR MEYER WITH RAKESH CHAURASIA

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019 · 8 PM
Balboa Theatre

The leading virtuosos on their respective instruments, Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer move with ease within the spheres of classical, bluegrass, jazz, and world music. The genre-blending super group fuses world-class banjo, tabla, and double bass to create an original and unforgettable music experience.

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Interview hosted by Robert John Hughes

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Nov
9
Sat
GARRICK OHLSSON: BRAHMS EXPLORATION II
Nov 9 @ 8:00 pm
Garrick Ohlsson

GARRICK OHLSSON: BRAHMS EXPLORATION II

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2019 · 8 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

Garrick Ohlsson concludes his two-season journey exploring the catalogue of one of the most prolific composers of keyboard works—Johannes Brahms.

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Lecture by Michael Gerdes

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GARRICK OHLSSON: BRAHMS EXPLORATION PART II

BRAHMS · Rhapsodies, Op. 79

BRAHMS · Fantasien, Op. 116

BRAHMS · Variations on a Theme of Paganini (Book II), Op. 35

BRAHMS · Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5

Jan
22
Wed
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
Jan 22 @ 8:00 pm
Martha Graham Dance Company

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020 · 8 PM
Civic Theatre

After an absence of nearly three decades, Martha Graham Dance Company returns to La Jolla Music Society to captive audiences with the “most skilled and powerful dancers you can ever hope to see” (The Washington Post). Martha Graham has been a world-leader in the development of contemporary dance since its founding in 1926. Don’t miss this program of iconic masterworks by Martha Graham including Diversion of Angels (1948) and Chronicle (1936) paired with an innovative new work by choreographer Pam Tanowitz, whose recent works have been declared by The New York Times to be, “the greatest creation of dance theater so far this century.”

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Interview hosted by Molly Puryear

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Feb
28
Fri
HÉLÈNE GRIMAUD
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm
Hélène Grimaud

HÉLÈNE GRIMAUD, piano

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 · 8 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

Touring her most recent album, Memory, Hélène Grimaud performs a unique program of miniatures by Chopin, Debussy, Satie, and Silvestrov, which in the pianist’s own words, “conjure atmospheres of fragile reflection, a mirage of what was—or what could have been.” The program concludes with Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op. 16.

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Lecture by Michael Gerdes

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HÉLÈNE GRIMAUD, piano

VALENTIN SILVESTROV · Bagatelle I
DEBUSSY · Arabesque No. 1
VALENTIN SILVESTROV · Bagatelle II
SATIE · Gnossienne No. 4
CHOPIN · Nocturne No.19 in E minor Opus 72 No. 1
SATIE · Gnossienne No. 1
SATIE · Six pieces froides IV – Danses de travers No. 1 / En y regardant à deux fois
DEBUSSY · La plus que lente
CHOPIN · Mazurka Opus 17 No. 4 in A minor
CHOPIN · Waltz No. 3 Opus 34 No. 2 in A minor
DEBUSSY · Clair de lune from Suite bergamasque
DEBUSSY · Reverie
SATIE · Six pieces froides V – Danses de travers No. 2 / “Passer”

SCHUMANN · Kreisleriana Op. 16

Mar
5
Thu
MURRAY PERAHIA
Mar 5 @ 8:00 pm
Murray Perahia

MURRAY PERAHIA

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 · 8 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

With his performances described as revelatory, Murray Perahia has remained a consistent and dominating presence in the classical world for over four decades, procuring his place amongst the greats with meticulous technique and scrupulous musicianship. The virtuoso pianist is widely known for his affinity for the Classical and early Romantic repertoire, including Mozart and Bach.

“…music-making of the highest order” – The Guardian

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Lecture by Michael Gerdes

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Mar
19
Thu
DORRANCE DANCE
Mar 19 @ 8:00 pm
Dorrance Dance

DORRANCE DANCE
SOUNDspace

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 · 8 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

Bringing innovation to the tap tradition and paving the way for a new generation, Michelle Dorrance, founder and artistic director of Dorrance Dance, is one of the most acclaimed tap dancers and “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker). SOUNDspace, originally a site-specific work that explored the unique acoustics of New York City’s St. Mark’s Church, grows and adapts in this reinvention for The Baker-Baum Concert Hall. With the myriad sounds and textures of the feet, Ms. Dorrance’s work explores what is most beautiful and exceptional about tap dancing—movement as music.

“…entirely glorious.” – The New York Times

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Interview hosted by Molly Puryear

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Mar
20
Fri
DORRANCE DANCE
Mar 20 @ 8:00 pm
Dorrance Dance

DORRANCE DANCE
SOUNDspace

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020 · 8 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

Bringing innovation to the tap tradition and paving the way for a new generation, Michelle Dorrance, founder and artistic director of Dorrance Dance, is one of the most acclaimed tap dancers and “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker). SOUNDspace, originally a site-specific work that explored the unique acoustics of New York City’s St. Mark’s Church, grows and adapts in this reinvention for The Baker-Baum Concert Hall. With the myriad sounds and textures of the feet, Ms. Dorrance’s work explores what is most beautiful and exceptional about tap dancing—movement as music.

“…entirely glorious.” – The New York Times

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Interview hosted by Molly Puryear

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Apr
3
Fri
CHRISTIAN SANDS—3 PIANOS ERROLL GARNER TRIBUTE!
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm
Christian Sands

CHRISTIAN SANDS—3 PIANOS ERROLL GARNER TRIBUTE!
FEATURING HELEN SUNG AND TADATAKA UNNO

FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020 · 8 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

Named “jazz star of the future” by Wynton Marsalis, 28-year-old Christian Sands is one of the most in-demand jazz pianists, touring the world as a bandleader and appearing on records by Christian McBride and Gregory Porter. As the new Creative Ambassador for Octave Music’s Erroll Garner Jazz Projects, and the co-producer of the recent Erroll Garner release ‘Nightconcert’ (Mack Avenue Records), Christian Sands formed this special three piano program, choosing Helen Sung and Tadataka Unno to present audiences with a fresh take on legendary pianist/composer Erroll Garner, who remains one of the most important musical voices of the 20th century.

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Interview hosted by Robert John Hughes

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Apr
18
Sat
HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO
Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO
GLENN EDGERTON, artistic director

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020 · 8 PM
Spreckels Theatre

After 40 seasons, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago remains among the most original forces in contemporary dance with its deep commitment to presenting the leading choreographers of our time. This exciting program features the world’s premier choreographers, including two extraordinary works by Crystal Pite. Ohad Naharin’s Decadance/Chicago rounds out the program with an exploration of boundaries, sensual energy, and the explosive power of gesture through his Gaga movement language.

“Hubbard Street Dance Chicago ought to bottle itself as a cure for the ills of the era” – The New York Times

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Interview with a member of the company

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May
2
Sat
KENNY BARRON – DAVE HOLLAND TRIO
May 2 @ 8:00 pm
Kenny Barron

KENNY BARRON – DAVE HOLLAND TRIO
FEATURING JOHNATHAN BLAKE

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2020 · 8 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Kenny Barron, piano, and Dave Holland, bass, come together for a special performance. Each frequently dubbed as this generation’s best jazz musicians on their respective instruments, Barron and Holland form a duet that can often be described as seamless, or like two people who know each other so well they finish each other’s sentences. Their 2014 album, “The Art of Conversation,” proved just that.

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Interview hosted by Robert John Hughes

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May
21
Thu
IGOR LEVIT
May 21 @ 8:00 pm
Igor Levit

IGOR LEVIT

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020· 8 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Birthday with Igor Levit, “…one of the most probing, intelligent and accomplished artists of the new generation.” — The New York Times

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Lecture by Michael Gerdes

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IGOR LEVIT

BEETHOVEN · Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1

BEETHOVEN · Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2

BEETHOVEN · Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Major, Op. 22

BEETHOVEN · Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106