Fellowship Artists in the Baker Baum Hall


It is both our duty and a point of pride to continue providing our community with high quality and exciting arts and cultural content. We would like to take this opportunity to remember our best moments and to look forward to an even brighter future, with you by our side.

Welcome to the SummerFest Favorites Playlist, a new project chronicling the most beloved works, performances, and memories of our many SummerFest Musicians, Staff, and even LJMS Board Members.

Erin Keefe

“I have played the full orchestral version [of Mahler’s 4th Symphony] several times, but having the chance to play it in this intimate setting with such amazing colleagues was incredibly fulfilling and rewarding.” – Erin Keefe

Leah Rosenthal, Artistic Director

Miro Quartet

“For the the Miró Quartet, our first time playing as a quartet in concert on your new stage in the brand new hall at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center will be a memory that we treasure for a lifetime! Add to that the fact that it was two hours of all Beethoven made this evening tremendously special for us. Such an honor to share this with your amazing audience at Summerfest!”
– John Largess, Miró Quartet

Inon Barnatan, SummerFest Music Director (2019-)

“On opening weekend we performed a chamber ensemble version of one of Mahler’s most beautiful and intimate symphonies, his 4th symphony. Led by one of the world’s most renowned conductors, Osmo Vanska, it was a rare opportunity to hear this masterwork played by an all-star ensemble led by Erin Keefe, and including the incredible soprano Susanna Phillips. I doubt I’ll hear it performed better.” Inon Barnatan, SummerFest Music Director.

Cho-Liang Lin, SummerFest Music Director (2001-2018)

John Kimura Parker

Produced by La Jolla Music Society SummerFest and UCSD-TV: watch performances, lectures, round table discussions, interviews, and rehearsals from as early as 1999, featuring internationally-renowned artists, composers, music scholars and SummerFest Music Director (’01-’18) Cho-Liang Lin.
Enjoy Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 6, performed by the Ehnes Quartet at SummerFest 2019

“The event that launched the Synergy Series was a dream come true for me- performing with one of the greatest jazz singers of our day, Cecile McLorin Salvant, as well as one of the top jazz pianists in the world, Aaron Diehl.
The idea for the evening, which blurred the lines between Jazz and Classical music, originated with a Nina Simone Recording I heard once, in which she improvised in the style of Bach in the middle of the song Love Me Or Leave Me. For the final song of our set that evening we performed our own version of the song, in which I got to improvise on stage for the first time in my life, alongside Aaron Diehl- who is a master of improvisation. A thrilling experience!”
– Inon Barnatan, SummerFest Music Director.

Enjoy Dvorák’s Terzetto in C Major for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 74, performed on an exquisite collection of string instruments from the greatest lutherie houses of the 17th and 18th centuries. This piece features Yura Lee and Kyoko Takezawa on violins and Toby Hoffman on viola.

Join LJMS’ Education Ambassador in Residence, Pablo Sainz Villegas, for an intimate serenade from his living room to yours. This performance features the following classical Spanish Guitar pieces:


Enjoy Community Music Center students in their end of year virtual recitals

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We hope that you enjoy these LJMS performances and highlights. Please consider supporting us in any amount that feels comfortable to you, so that we can continue to inspire and educate our audiences. Just click the button below or call Development Director, Ferdinand Gasang at 858.212.3724.