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LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY ANNOUNCES SPRING 2021 EDUCATION & COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING

San Diego, CA — La Jolla Music Society (LJMS) announced its spring Education & Community Programming events today. As part of a strategic development and in response to the pandemic, the society’s Education & Community Programming initiatives, events, and curriculum have all shifted online. This change allows LJMS to extend its reach to communities across San Diego, to offer in-depth, lasting engagement opportunities for students around the county, and to foster long-term relationships between visiting artists and the community. The turn to digital programming in 2021 will serve as a building block for LJMS to create hybrid models of educational programming in future seasons, when in-person activities are once again an option, and to maintain and grow its impact and outreach. 

“Digital programming has provided us with an enormous opportunity to expand the reach and impact of our educational offerings. As we look to future seasons, our goal is to utilize what we’ve learned in the digital realm to support live in-person activities and create more engaging, in-depth and long term initiatives. The ability to maintain a connection between our audience, our students, and our guest artists well in advance of their performances in San Diego, and in the days after, opens new possibilities we are eager to explore.”  – Leah Rosenthal, Artistic Director

This season’s Education & Community Programming lineup includes:

  • Free-to-the-public community engagement activities, with concerts from Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, open rehearsals and a performance from the Joffrey Ballet, and Conversations with Mark Morris a series of live, interactive conversations featuring special guests Peter Sellars, Nico Muhly, and Alice Waters, hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist Paula Zahn
  • Performances by acclaimed children’s music artist Sonia De Los Santos and Discovery Series cellist Zlatomir Fung
  • A composition and choreography project with Education Ambassadors-In-Residence Third Coast Percussion and Movement Art Is
  • Conversations and workshops for students and educators presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • Online classes for LJMS’ Community Music Center

“During the past year, we’ve worked tirelessly to maintain our commitment to education through ongoing online classes at our Community Music Center and unique artist access opportunities, including our Education Ambassador and Jazz at Lincoln Center residencies. Our response to the pandemic will have a lasting effect on how we connect with the community, changing the paradigm of educational programming going forward. We recognize the severe inequity that still exists in the digital divide, but feel optimistic about a future filled with thoughtfully designed, hybrid models of engagement.” – Allison Boles, Education & Community Programming Manager

 

Free Community Programming

Community Engagement Activities are free to the public. Visit LJMS.org to register.

Saturday, February 20 at 7 PM
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS
The Democracy! Suite
Program: The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet’s performance of The Democracy! Suite aims to entertain, inspire, and uplift audiences with the full vigor, vision, and depth of America’s music. Led by trumpeter/composer Wynton Marsalis and featuring seven of jazz’s finest soloists, the concert’s unique repertoire celebrates jazz’s embodiment of freedom and democracy. The evening will feature the premiere of The Democracy! Suite, a new Marsalis composition written during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis as a response to the political, social, and economic struggles facing our nation. The Democracy! Suite is a swinging and stimulating instrumental rumination on the issues that have recently dominated our lives as well as the beauty that could emerge from a collective effort to create a better future.
Register here.


Monday, February 22 to Wednesday, February 24
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS
Jazz for Young People: Who is Dave Brubeck?
Hosted by Ted Nash
Stream On-Demand
Program: This hour-long program will celebrate the tunes and tales of one of music’s most influential, ambitious, and downright decent figures. Dave Brubeck made our music and country better, and, as a global jazz ambassador, he represented the best American ideals to the rest of the world. Through live performances of some of Brubeck’s greatest works, you’ll hear why his music remains so popular and enjoyable, from the unusual rhythms that made Time Out a record-selling album, to his lively and distinctive solo pieces. Designed to entertain and inform audiences of all ages, this show honors a one-of-a-kind musician, educator, and champion of social and civil rights.
Register here.


Wednesday, March 3 at 1 PM
JOFFREY BALLET
Open Rehearsal I
Under the Trees’ Voices live-stream open rehearsal.
Register here.


Thursday, March 4 at 5:30 PM
CONVERSATION WITH MARK MORRIS & SPECIAL GUEST PETER SELLARS
Hosted by Paula Zahn
Mark Morris Dance Group presents a live, interactive conversation about the arts, music, and food moderated by journalist Paula Zahn, featuring Mark Morris with special guest and world-renowned director Peter Sellars.
Register here.


Thursday, March 11 at 5:30 PM
CONVERSATION WITH MARK MORRIS & SPECIAL GUEST NICO MUHLY
Hosted by Paula Zahn
Mark Morris Dance Group presents a live, interactive conversation about the arts, music, and food moderated by journalist Paula Zahn, featuring Mark Morris with special guest and sought-after composer Nico Muhly.
Register here.


Thursday, March 18 at 5:30 PM
CONVERSATION WITH MARK MORRIS & SPECIAL GUEST ALICE WATERS
Hosted by Paula Zahn
Mark Morris Dance Group presents a live, interactive conversation about the arts, music, and food moderated by journalist Paula Zahn, featuring Mark Morris with special guest chef and food activist Alice Waters.
Register here.


Wednesday, April 7 at 1 PM
JOFFREY BALLET
Open Rehearsal II
Under the Trees’ Voices live-stream open rehearsal.
Register here.


Friday, April 30 at 5 PM
JOFFREY BALLET
Pre-recorded Stream from Chicago
Under the Trees’ Voices by Nicolas Blanc.
Register here.

 

Ticketed Events

Tickets can be purchased here.


Saturday, February 20 at 5 PM
COCKTAIL CHAT WITH WYNTON MARSALIS
Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis
Free to Spring Streaming Season Subscribers. Learn more about our subscriptions, here.


Wednesday, March 3 at 2 PM
ARTIST TALK
Joffrey Ballet
Live moderated conversation with Ashley Wheater MBE, artistic director and Nicolas Blanc, choreographer
Free to Spring Streaming Season Subscribers. Learn more about our subscriptions, here.


Saturday, May 15 at 10:30 AM
SONIA DE LOS SANTOS
Live Stream from The Baker-Baum Concert Hall
The ConRAD Kids Family Concert Series offers unique opportunities for children ages 3-8 to enjoy music of the highest artistic quality along with their parents, grandparents, and caregivers. With playful lyrics, an open space for silly dancing, and impactful positive messages, these performances are designed to support all areas of childhood development, including cognitive, social-emotional, motor, language, and literacy.
Program: Children and grownups of all backgrounds adore the joyful and bright music of Sonia De Los Santos. Her songs, in both Spanish and English, reflect her inspiring journey of growing up in Mexico and moving to New York City.
Tickets.


Sunday, June 6 at 3 PM
ZLATOMIR FUNG, cello & RICHARD FU, piano
Live-stream from The Baker-Baum Concert Hall
With Musical Prelude by a local student at 2:30 PM
Program: The first American in four decades and youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division, Zlatomir Fung is poised to become one of the preeminent cellists of our time. 

FAURE Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Op. 109
BERGER Duo for Cello and Piano
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 3 in A Major for Piano and Cello, Op. 69
Tickets.

 

School Residency Activities

For more information, please contact LJMS Education & Community Programming Manager, Allison Boles: ABoles@LJMS.org or 858.459.3724


November 2020-May 2021
THIRD COAST PERCUSSION & MOVEMENT ART IS
Education Ambassadors-in-Residence
As La Jolla Music Society’s second annual Education Ambassadors, Grammy Award-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion and Movement Art Is, founded by acclaimed dancers Lil Buck and Jon Boogz, will work with San Diego students on an innovative composition and choreography project. Over the course of two months, high school students from The Bishop’s School in La Jolla and another San Diego Unified School District high school will join forces for weekly working sessions online with these talented artists—all educators in their own right. Students will create a new work featuring original composition and dance, echoing the brilliant world premiere of Metamorphosis performed by the artists in The Baker-Baum Concert Hall in November 2020. This project will culminate with an online watch party featuring the premiere of the new work, as well as interviews with artists, students, and teachers.


Monday, February 22 to Friday, February 26 at various times
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS
Jazz for Young People: Who is Dave Brubeck?
Zoom conversation between students and a Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra musician.


Thursday, April 1 at 4 PM
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS
Professional Development Workshop for Educators: Deeper than Notes
Hosted by Todd Stoll
We are at a crossroads. With our nation’s focus on issues around race, can jazz education be poised to become a force for justice and equality? This session will challenge and inspire you to reflect on your own journey and how the teaching styles of our past may not be the best for our future.
Free event. Educators can register here.


Friday, June 4 at 11 AM
Performance Demonstration
ZLATOMIR FUNG, cello & RICHARD FU, piano
Live stream from The Baker-Baum Concert Hall
Program: As part of their Discovery Series residency, cellist Zlatomir Fung and pianist Richard Fu will engage students grades 6-12 with a live-streamed performance demonstration from The Baker-Baum Concert Hall.
Free to the public. Register here.

 

La Jolla Music Society’s Community Music Center

La Jolla Music Society’s Community Music Center was the organization’s first program to pivot to a digital format. The afterschool music program provides vital support to its students, grades 4-12, helping them stay engaged, motivated, disciplined, and thinking creatively during a very difficult time. The program, which LJMS has operated for over 20 years, has had roughly 70 students enrolled in remote learning lessons since last April. LJMS provides free instruments and bilingual instruction now via Zoom. 

Like so many other children who are learning remotely, seventh grader Melody Montoya hasn’t been able to play in her school band class this year, but classes through the Community Music Center have kept her engaged and ready to continue learning: “Sax lessons with Ms. Maynard were so much fun, each week I left the Zoom feeling confident and happy! She helped me go from a starter to a growing learner on the sax. I’m looking forward to more!” 

For more information and class registration (limited availability), click here.

 

ABOUT LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY

As one of Southern California’s leading presenters of premier performing arts, La Jolla Music Society contributes to San Diego’s cultural vitality year-round through a rich variety of presentations, including classical, jazz, global roots, contemporary music, and dance. In addition to robust educational programs and community outreach, La Jolla Music Society produces SummerFest, a three-week music festival featuring over 80 world-class artists and ensembles performing eclectic concerts. For more information, visit www.LJMS.org, or call 858.459.3728.