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Live Performances Return to The Conrad! Join us online

La Jolla Music Society (LJMS) announced updated spring programming today, shifting the remainder of the winter season to live streamed performances and online community engagement events, the latter of which are free to the public. The revised season includes 12 concerts and events — including chamber music, piano, jazz, and family programming — streamed live from The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. Additionally, LJMS will offer remote educational opportunities for students around San Diego County, the details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.  

“Our spring digital line-up represents a beautiful snapshot of the multi-disciplinary programming we had planned for this season. Even though we have faced a multitude of challenges during the last year, the relationships we have fostered with our artists have allowed us to reimagine our season and remain steadfast in our commitment to presenting live performances and to the audiences we serve.” – Leah Rosenthal, Artistic Director

With the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis, Yefim Bronfman, The Joffrey Ballet, and a special chamber music concert featuring SummerFest Music Director and pianist Inon Barnatan, violinist Philippe Quint, & cellist Alisa Weilerstein, this spring line-up of captivating digital performances highlights the programmatic breadth of LJMS’ season offerings.

This transition to online performances and community engagement events allows LJMS to present unparalleled performing arts to a broader audience in San Diego and beyond. Last summer, LJMS shifted its SummerFest season from the concert hall to the internet, offering a series of online chamber music concerts that served not only the local audience but also reached far beyond San Diego. Online performances and activities bring The Conrad into the homes of audience members from across the nation, while free events provide access to those who may not be able to purchase tickets during this challenging time. 

La Jolla Music Society has proven its ability to think creatively and respond quickly by offering online programming that was artistically compelling and beautifully produced at The Conrad. Directing live-streamed content is a complicated process, but due in large part to the foresight of the Board, staff, and architects, we were fortunate to have designed our state-of-the-art performing arts center to include technologically advanced built-in high-definition cameras, studio quality audio, and a video control center. These advantages have allowed us to connect with our audiences during this time and will continue to enable us to reach music lovers, both locally and world-wide, who enjoy exclusive concerts streamed directly from The Conrad.” – Todd Schultz, President & CEO

 

TICKETED PERFORMANCES

The following performances will be live streamed from The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. Patrons can subscribe to the full series or purchase individual concerts by visiting LJMS.org.

 

PHILIPPE QUINT: CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S SMILE
ProtoStar Innovative Series
Saturday, April 10 at 7 PM
Program:
It’s not well known that Charlie Chaplin composed almost all of the music in his films. This unique program juxtaposes the music of Chaplin with works by the great composers who influenced him most, including Debussy, Stravinsky, Brahms, and Gershwin. Chaplin’s relationships with these compositional masters is explored through music and story with screen clips of Chaplin’s silent era films, musical accompaniment by Philippe Quint, and rare video footage of Chaplin conducting his orchestras in recording sessions.

 

INON BARNATAN, piano; PHILIPPE QUINT, violin; & ALISA WEILERSTEIN, cello
Special Event: SummerFest Kickoff ConcertSunday, April 11 at 7 PM
With Prelude Lecture by Eric Bromberger at 6:30 PM
Program:
SummerFest Music Director Inon Barnatan comes together with SummerFest favorite cellist Alisa Weilerstein and world-renowned violinist Philippe Quint for a special SummerFest 2021 kickoff event leading up to the SummerFest public announcement on April 18, performing works by Brahms and Arensky. 

  • Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38
  • Arensky Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32

 

YEFIM BRONFMAN
Piano Series
Wednesday, May 12 at 7 PM
With Prelude Lecture by Kristi Brown Montesano at 6:30 PM
Program:
The illustrious pianist Yefim Bronfman returns to La Jolla Music Society for his debut at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. Program details to follow. 

 

SONIA DE LOS SANTOS*
The ConRAD Kids Family Concert Series
Saturday, May 15, at 10:30 AM
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.
*Optional subscription package add-on

 

ZLATOMIR FUNG, cello & RICHARD FU, piano
Discovery Series
Sunday, June 6 at 3 PM
With Prelude Performance 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. Works by Beethoven, Faure and more.

  • 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

 

THE HOT SARDINES
Jazz Series
Tuesday, June 29 at 7 PM
With Prelude Interview hosted by Robert John Hughes at 6:30 PM
Program:
The Hot Sardines play with a little glamour, a bit of grit, and a lot of moxie. These mischief-makers of hot jazz have been described as “potent and assured” (The New York Times) and “simply phenomenal” (The Times, London). In the talented hands of this New York-based ensemble, history-defining jazz comes alive through brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and a crooner known for transporting listeners to a bygone era with a mere lilt of her voice.

 

SUBSCRIBER-ONLY EVENTS

Patrons can visit LJMS.org to subscribe to the spring season and gain access to these two exclusive subscriber events.

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS
Cocktail chat with Wynton Marsalis
Saturday, February 20 at 5 PM

JOFFREY BALLET
Live moderated conversation with Ashley Wheater MBE, artistic director and Nicolas Blanc, choreographer
Wednesday, March 3 at 2 PM

 

FREE PERFORMANCES  

The following four events are free to the public. Visit LJMS.org to register.

 

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA SEPTET with WYNTON MARSALIS
The Democracy! Suite by Wynton Marsalis
Jazz Series
Saturday, February 20 at 7pm
Program:
“Jazz music is the perfect metaphor for democracy,” says famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. At a time when America—and indeed, the whole world—finds itself at a crossroads, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer has been inspired to write a poignant and buoyant work, The Democracy! Suite, which proves that the joy and beauty of jazz can bring us all closer together.

 

JOFFREY BALLET
Under the Trees’ Voices open rehearsal live stream
Wednesday, March 3 at 1 PM & Wednesday, April 7 at 1 PM
Program:
Experience a “window into the Joffrey,” as cameras livestream the rehearsal process of Under the Trees’ Voices choreographed by Joffrey Rehearsal Director Nicolas Blanc.

 

JOFFREY BALLET
Under the Trees’ Voices by Nicolas Blanc
Dance Series
Friday, April 30 at 5 PM
Program:
Set to Symphony No. 2 by Italian composer Ezio Bosso, Under the Trees’ Voices channels the power of community in the age of social distancing. In four distinct sections, Blanc imagines a future of hope and unity.  

 

FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA SEPTET with WYNTON MARSALIS
Cocktail chat with Wynton Marsalis
Saturday, February 20 at 5 PM

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA SEPTET with WYNTON MARSALIS
The Democracy! Suite by Wynton Marsalis
Saturday, February 20 at 7 PM

JOFFREY BALLET
Under the Trees’ Voices open rehearsal live stream
Wednesday, March 3 at 1 PM

JOFFREY BALLET
Live moderated conversation with Ashley Wheater MBE, artistic director and Nicolas Blanc, choreographer
Wednesday, March 3 at 2 PM

JOFFREY BALLET
Under the Trees’ Voices open rehearsal live stream
Wednesday, April 7 at 1 PM

PHILIPPE QUINT: CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S SMILE
Saturday, April 10 at 7 PM 

INON BARNATAN, PHILIPPE QUINT, & ALISA WEILERSTEIN
Sunday, April 11 at 7 PM

JOFFREY BALLET
Under the Trees’ Voices by Nicolas Blanc
Friday, April 30 at 5 PM

YEFIM BRONFMAN
Wednesday, May 12 at 7 PM

SONIA DE LOS SANTOS
Saturday, May 15 at 10:30 AM

ZLATOMIR FUNG, cello & RICHARD FU, piano
Sunday, June 6 at 3 PM

THE HOT SARDINES
Tuesday, June 29 at 7 PM

 

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.

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