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

Nov
16
Sat
DANISH STRING QUARTET PRISM I
Nov 16 @ 8:00 pm
Danish String Quartet

DANISH STRING QUARTET
PRISM I – BACH, SHOSTAKOVICH, & BEETHOVEN

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2019 · 8 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

On the heels of their recent GRAMMY® nomination, The Danish String Quartet, one of the leading quartets of their generation, continues their three-year La Jolla Music Society residency with five concerts from November 16-23, 2019 at The Baker Baum Concert Hall celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The PRISM Project is a series of musical sets based on the historical and musical impact of Bach’s seminal fugal writing, the final Beethoven string quartets, and compositions which were born out of these fundamentally influential works, including quartets by Shostakovich, Schnittke, Bartók, Mendelssohn, and Webern. The title refers to a beam of music being split through Beethoven’s prism.

“What they do know is how to be an exceptional quartet, whatever repertory they play”
The New York Times

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Interview by Nicolas Reveles

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DANISH STRING QUARTET
PRISM I – BACH, SHOSTAKOVICH, & BEETHOVEN

J.S. BACH · Fugue No. 7 in E-flat Major, BWV 876 from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II (arr. Mozart)

SHOSTAKOVICH · String Quartet No. 15 in E-flat Minor

BEETHOVEN · String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127

Frederik Øland; Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violins; Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola; Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, cello

Nov
17
Sun
DANISH STRING QUARTET PRISM II
Nov 17 @ 3:00 pm
Danish String Quartet

DANISH STRING QUARTET
PRISM II – BACH, SCHNITTKE, & BEETHOVEN

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2019 · 3 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

On the heels of their recent GRAMMY® nomination, The Danish String Quartet, one of the leading quartets of their generation, continues their three-year La Jolla Music Society residency with five concerts from November 16-23, 2019 at The Baker Baum Concert Hall celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The PRISM Project is a series of musical sets based on the historical and musical impact of Bach’s seminal fugal writing, the final Beethoven string quartets, and compositions which were born out of these fundamentally influential works, including quartets by Shostakovich, Schnittke, Bartók, Mendelssohn, and Webern. The title refers to a beam of music being split through Beethoven’s prism.

“They could be grounded in their ton or mystical. They allowed time to stand still, and they could assume the pose of excitingly aggressive rockers. They did it all.”
The Los Angeles Times

Prelude · 2:00 PM
Interview by Nicolas Reveles

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DANISH STRING QUARTET
PRISM II – BACH, SCHNITTKE, & BEETHOVEN

J.S. BACH · Fugue No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 869 from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (arr. Förster)

SCHNITTKE · String Quartet No. 3

BEETHOVEN · String Quartet Op. 130 & Grosse Fuge Op. 133 in B-flat Major

Frederik Øland; Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violins; Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola; Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, cello

Nov
22
Fri
DANISH STRING QUARTET PRISM III
Nov 22 @ 8:00 pm
Danish String Quartet

DANISH STRING QUARTET
PRISM III – BACH, BARTÓK, & BEETHOVEN

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2019 · 8 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

On the heels of their recent GRAMMY® nomination, The Danish String Quartet, one of the leading quartets of their generation, continues their three-year La Jolla Music Society residency with five concerts from November 16-23, 2019 at The Baker Baum Concert Hall celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The PRISM Project is a series of musical sets based on the historical and musical impact of Bach’s seminal fugal writing, the final Beethoven string quartets, and compositions which were born out of these fundamentally influential works, including quartets by Shostakovich, Schnittke, Bartók, Mendelssohn, and Webern. The title refers to a beam of music being split through Beethoven’s prism.

“What they do know is how to be an exceptional quartet, whatever repertory they play”
The New York Times

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Lecture by Kristi Brown Montesano

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DANISH STRING QUARTET
PRISM III – BACH, BARTÓK, & BEETHOVEN

J.S. BACH · Fugue No. 4 in C-sharp Minor, BWV 849 from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (arr. Förster)

BARTÓK · String Quartet No. 1 in A Minor

BEETHOVEN · String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131

Frederik Øland; Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violins; Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola; Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, cello

Nov
23
Sat
DANISH STRING QUARTET PRISM IV
Nov 23 @ 3:00 pm
Danish String Quartet

DANISH STRING QUARTET
PRISM IV – BACH, MENDELSSOHN, & BEETHOVEN

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019 · 3 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

On the heels of their recent GRAMMY® nomination, The Danish String Quartet, one of the leading quartets of their generation, continues their three-year La Jolla Music Society residency with five concerts from November 16-23, 2019 at The Baker Baum Concert Hall celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The PRISM Project is a series of musical sets based on the historical and musical impact of Bach’s seminal fugal writing, the final Beethoven string quartets, and compositions which were born out of these fundamentally influential works, including quartets by Shostakovich, Schnittke, Bartók, Mendelssohn, and Webern. The title refers to a beam of music being split through Beethoven’s prism.

“They could be grounded in their ton or mystical. They allowed time to stand still, and they could assume the pose of excitingly aggressive rockers. They did it all.”
The Los Angeles Times

Prelude · 2:00 PM
Lecture by Kristi Brown Montesano

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DANISH STRING QUARTET
PRISM IV – BACH, MENDELSSOHN, & BEETHOVEN

J.S. BACH · Prelude and Fugue No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 861 from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (arr. Förster)

MENDELSSOHN · String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13

BEETHOVEN · String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132

Frederik Øland; Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violins; Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola; Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, cello

DANISH STRING QUARTET PRISM V
Nov 23 @ 8:00 pm
Danish String Quartet

DANISH STRING QUARTET
PRISM V – BACH, WEBERN, & BEETHOVEN

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019 · 8 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

On the heels of their recent GRAMMY® nomination, The Danish String Quartet, one of the leading quartets of their generation, continues their three-year La Jolla Music Society residency with five concerts from November 16-23, 2019 at The Baker Baum Concert Hall celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The PRISM Project is a series of musical sets based on the historical and musical impact of Bach’s seminal fugal writing, the final Beethoven string quartets, and compositions which were born out of these fundamentally influential works, including quartets by Shostakovich, Schnittke, Bartók, Mendelssohn, and Webern. The title refers to a beam of music being split through Beethoven’s prism.

“What they do know is how to be an exceptional quartet, whatever repertory they play”
The New York Times

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Lecture by Kristi Brown Montesano

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DANISH STRING QUARTET
PRISM V – BACH, WEBERN, & BEETHOVEN

J.S BACH · Contrapunctus 14(18): Fuga a 3 Soggetti from The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

WEBERN · String Quartet (1905)

J.S. BACH · Für deinen Thron tret’ ich, BWV 668

BEETHOVEN · String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135

Frederik Øland; Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violins; Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola; Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, cello

Jan
26
Sun
KIAN SOLTANI AND JULIO ELIZALDE
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm
Kian Soltani

KIAN SOLTANI, cello
JULIO ELIZALDE, piano

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2020 · 3 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

First Prize Winner of the 2013 International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki

“A remarkable cellist, with a piercingly beautiful tone and utterly pure intonation”
The New York Times

Prelude · 2:00 PM
Students from the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory perform

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KIAN SOLTANI, cello
JULIO ELIZALDE, piano

STRAVINSKY · Suite Italienne

BEETHOVEN · Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No.2

ARVO PÄRT · Fratres

FRANCK · Sonata in A Major (arr. Delsart)

Feb
9
Sun
HANZHI WANG, ACCORDION
Feb 9 @ 3:00 pm
Hanzhi Wang

HANZHI WANG, accordion

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2020 · 3 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

First Prize Winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Audition

“Putting a regal polish on every phrase, her sparkling technique held the audience in a state of breathlessness.”
Oberon’s Grove

Prelude · 2:00 PM
Students from the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory perform

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HANZHI WANG, accordion

J.S BACH · Chaconne in D Minor, BWV 1004 (arr. Busoni)

SCARLATTI · Three Sonatas

RAMEAU · Selections from Pièces de clavecin

SCHNITTKE · Revis Fairy Tale

GRIEG · Holberg Suite

Feb
21
Fri
BRENTANO QUARTET
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm
Brentano Quartet

BRENTANO QUARTET

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020 · 8 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

Lauded as “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” by the London Independent, the Brentano String Quartet’s interest in the intersection of historical and new music makes them a perfect fit to première American composer Matthew Aucoin’s String Quartet (2019) on the west coast.

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Lecture by Michael Gerdes

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BRENTANO QUARTET

MOZART · String quartet in A Major, K. 464

MATTHEW AUCOIN · String Quartet (2019) · WEST COAST PREMIÈRE
Co-Commissioned by Union College Concert Series, Carnegie Hall, La Jolla Music Society and Da
Camera Houston.

RAVEL · String Quartet in F Major

Mark Steinberg, Serena Canin, violins; Misha Amory, viola; Nina Lee, cello

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
15
Sun
AROD QUARTET
Mar 15 @ 3:00 pm
Arod Quartet

AROD QUARTET

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020 · 3 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

First Prize Winner of the 2016 ARD International Music Competition

“…expressive flexibility and delicacy of detail”
Gramophone

Prelude · 2:00 PM
Students from the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory perform

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AROD QUARTET

HAYDN · String Quartet in D Major, Op. 76, No. 5

BARTÓK · String Quartet No. 4

BEETHOVEN · String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, “Razumovsky”

Jordan Victoria, Alexandre Vu, violins; Tanguy Parisot, viola; Samy Rachid, cello

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
24
Fri
HAGEN QUARTET
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm
Hagen Quartet

HAGEN QUARTET

FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020 · 8 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

“One of the finest quartets of our time”
The Washington Post

Lukas Hagen, Rainer Schmidt, violins; Veronika Hagen, viola; Clemens Hagen, cello

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Lecture by Kristi Brown Montesano

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HAGEN QUARTET

SHOSTAKOVICH · String Quartet No. 10 A-flat Major, Op. 118

PUCCINI · I Crisantemi

MENDELSSOHN · String Quartet No. 1 E-flat Major, Op. 12

Lukas Hagen, Rainer Schmidt, violins; Veronika Hagen, viola; Clemens Hagen, cello

Apr
26
Sun
ZOLTÁN FÉJERVÁRI, PIANO
Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm
Zoltán Fejérvári

ZOLTÁN FÉJERVÁRI, piano

SUNDAY APRIL 26, 2020 · 3 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

First Prize Winner of the 2017 Concours Musical International de Montréal
2016 Recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship

Prelude · 2:00 PM
Students from the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory perform

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ZOLTÁN FÉJERVÁRI, piano

J.S. BACH · French Suite No. 5 in G Major, 816

RAVEL · Le tombeau de Couperin

CHOPIN · 24 Preludes, Op. 28

May
1
Fri
LES VIOLONS DU ROY
May 1 @ 8:00 pm
Les Violons Du Roy

LES VIOLONS DU ROY
JONATHAN COHEN, music director & conductor
AVI AVITAL, mandolin

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020 · 8 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

“The words ‘superstar’ and ‘mandolinist’ still look odd next to each other. Yet in the classical world they are starting to be joined with some frequency due to Avi Avital”
The New York Times

Prelude · 7:00 PM
Lecture by Kristi Brown Montesano

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LES VIOLONS DU ROY

VIVALDI · Mandolin Concerto in C Major, RV 425

J.S. BACH · The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 (excerpts)

J.S. BACH · Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041 (arr. for solo mandolin by Avi Avital)

VIVALDI · Lute Concerto in D Major, RV 93 (arr. for solo mandolin by Avi Avital)

VIVALDI · Concerto in G Minor for Two Cellos, Strings, and Continuo, RV 531

J.S. BACH · Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052 (arr. and transc. for solo mandolin by Avi Avital)

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
17
Sun
BEATRICE RANA, PIANO
May 17 @ 3:00 pm
Beatrice Rana

BEATRICE RANA, piano

SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2020 · 3 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

First Prize Winner at the 2011 Montreal International Piano Competition
Silver Medalist at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

“Ms. Rana’s fearless playing was an exhilarating rush of speed and color.”
The New York Times

Prelude · 2:00 PM
Students from the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory perform

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BEATRICE RANA, piano

J.S. BACH · Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971

SCHUMANN · Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 14 (1836 version)

ALBÉNIZ · Iberia, Book 3

STRAVINSKY · Three Movements from Petrushka

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