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PREVIEW: Seal to perform during Conrad Opening Weekend

SDNEWS.COM
Emily Blackwood
March 13, 2019

The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center will be opening it’s doors to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility and home of the La Jolla Music Society just in time for its 50th anniversary present to itself and the community — a performance by Seal.

On April 5, 6, and 7, LJMS will host three inaugural gala concerts to celebrate the Conrad’s $82 million, 49,000-square foot renovation, which includes two new, cutting-edge performance spaces: the Baker-Baum 513-seat concert hall and 2,000 square-for multiple purpose performance space, THE JAI. Leah Rosenthal, the LJMS director of programming, said the new performance spaces open up more opportunities for the society to pursue.

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PREVIEW: Joffrey Ballet heads west as part of La Jolla Music Society’s Dance Series

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Marcia Manna
March 5, 2019

When the Joffrey Ballet performs “Beyond the Shore,” a dance created by choreographer and ballet master Nicolas Blanc, the audience is invited to witness a daring journey through an ever-changing environment.

A soundscape by modern composer Mason Bates accompanies the work, which has six atmospheric movements that suggest unfamiliar landscapes, from tropical waters to a walk in space.

On Friday, audiences can experience “Beyond the Shore” when the Joffrey Ballet makes a tour stop at the San Diego Civic Theatre as part of the La Jolla Music Society’s Dance Series.

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PREVIEW: Joffrey Ballet heads west as part of La Jolla Music Society’s Dance Series 2019-03-12T09:10:21+00:00

ARTICLE: La Jolla Music Society names Ted DeDee as CEO, a month before its new $80 million arts center opens

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
March 1, 2019

The La Jolla Music Society has appointed veteran arts administrator Ted DeDee as its new CEO and president, effective April 1, only four days before the opening of the nonprofit arts organization’s $80 million Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center.

DeDee’s appointment, which will officially be announced later today, comes after he was unanimously selected Thursday night by the society’s 34-member board of directors. He was one of five finalists interviewed by the board, which received 91 applications from across the nation. He has signed a three-year contract, with options to renew. His salary has not been disclosed.

Significantly, DeDee was the only contender whose resumé includes having led seven performing arts centers across the United States. A partial list of those centers includes the Eastman School of Music’s Eastman Theatre in Rochester, N. Y.; the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, both in Nashville; and Wisconsin’s $205 million Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, where Dedee was CEO and president from 2012 to 2018.

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ARTICLE: La Jolla Music Society names Ted DeDee as CEO, a month before its new $80 million arts center opens 2019-03-01T14:54:23+00:00

REVIEW: THE LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY’S JAZZ IN THE KEY OF ELLISON at The Balboa Theatre

Broadway World San Diego
Ron Bierman
February 21, 2019

The La Jolla Music Society continued its eclectic 50th anniversary season with “Jazz in the Key of Ellison,” a multimedia concert at the Balboa Theatre featuring music made popular by author Ralph Ellison’s favorite artists including Duke EllingtonLouis Armstrong, and Thelonious Monk. Ellison loved jazz. He often wrote about it, and it plays an important role in Invisible Man, his best known work. Jazz influenced his approach to life. He said, “The real secret of the game is to make life swing.”

The two-hour concert was preceded by Robert John Hughes‘ interview of Robert O’Meally, a Columbia professor of jazz studies and author of Living with Music: Ralph Ellison’s Jazz Writings. O’Meally’s combination of audience-friendly delivery and knowledge of jazz and Ellison’s depiction of racial discrimination were a perfect prelude to the concert that followed.

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REVIEW: THE LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY’S JAZZ IN THE KEY OF ELLISON at The Balboa Theatre 2019-02-21T16:02:15+00:00

PREVIEW: Nona Hendryx, minus her electric tutu, to sing at ‘Jazz in the Key of Ellison’

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
February 14, 2019

Nona Hendryx won’t be wearing — or playing — her electric tutu when she performs in the Balboa Theater during Saturday’s “Jazz in the Key of Ellison” concert. The multimedia program will salute “The Invisible Man” author Ralph Ellison, a 1953 National Book Award-winner who died in 1994 and was an enthusiastic avocational trumpeter.

But Hendryx should have no problem lighting up the stage here, even without her state-of-the-art digital music-producing tutu. One would expect no less from this veteran vocal powerhouse, whose collaborators have ranged from Keith Richards, Talking Heads, Laura Nyro and hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa to Elton John, Laurie Anderson, ex-Captain Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas and Grammy-winning jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington.

“I do my interpretation of what the music is saying to me, whether it’s in the jazz world, my own work or Captain Beefheart’s music,” said Hendryx, who is a cousin of the late Jimi Hendrix and rose to prominence in the 1960s singing with Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles.

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PREVIEW: Nona Hendryx, minus her electric tutu, to sing at ‘Jazz in the Key of Ellison’ 2019-02-14T12:16:22+00:00

REVIEW: The Danish String Quartet Combines Exciting Repertory and Sublime Playing

San Diego Story
Ken Herman
February 9, 2019

Following their established pattern of visiting San Diego, the Danish String Quartet was overdue. But the sizzling concert by this accomplished young ensemble on Friday, February 8, in the Auditorium at TSRI, certainly made up for lost time.

UC San Diego’s ArtPower brought the quartet to the Conad Prebys Concert Hall in 2014, and two years later the La Jolla Music Society opened its 2016 SummerFest with the Danish String Quartet. Although 2018 rolled around without the Danes, considering their current three-day residency for the La Jolla Music Society, all is forgiven.

I missed their informal performance Thursday at a gallery in Barrio Logan, but Friday’s program delivered an embarrassment of riches: after their electric accounts of two familiar “hunt” quartets—Haydn’s Op. 1, No. 1, “La Chasse,” and Mozart’s B-flat major. K. 458 “The Hunt”—they launched into Jörg Widmann’s audacious 2005 “Hunting Quartet” followed by Carl Nielsen’s rarely heard First String Quartet in G Minor from 1888. And they returned Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Auditorium at TSRI for a program of folk music from Nordic sources.

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REVIEW: The Danish String Quartet Combines Exciting Repertory and Sublime Playing 2019-02-11T12:35:15+00:00

REVIEW: Danish String Quartet thrills with superb performance in inaugural weekend of La Jolla Music Society residency

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Christian Hertzog
February 9, 2019

The game was afoot Friday evening at The Auditorium at TSRI as the Danish String Quartet superbly played a thoughtful concert whose first half examined the classical music tradition of hunting music and whose second explored a quartet by their fellow countryman, Carl Nielsen.

Nielsen’s “String Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Opus 13” was written before he became the Carl Nielsen we think of today. It’s a late Romantic work whose rustic scherzo gives us a taste of the later Nielsen. The Danish String Quartet performed it with passion, humor and force.

Thank the La Jolla Music Society for bringing them to San Diego for a three-year residency. Their uncanny unity of ensemble and tone, matched to an intellectually stimulating and musically compelling programmatic sensibility, has made them one of the premier string quartets of their generation.

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REVIEW: Danish String Quartet thrills with superb performance in inaugural weekend of La Jolla Music Society residency 2019-02-11T12:27:19+00:00

PREVIEW: Low-key concert — with beer! — marks the beginning of Danish String Quartet’s three-year residency with La Jolla Music Society

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Beth Wood
February 6, 2019

If your image of a string quartet is musicians formally dressed in black playing Beethoven, you’re half right when it comes to the Danish String Quartet. The other half is that the recent first-time Grammy nominees have another stage persona as well, involving casual clothes, Nordic folk songs — and beer.

Beginning Thursday, the quartet will perform three distinctive concerts for the La Jolla Music Society to kick off its three-year residency. Its Friday and Saturday concerts will be held at La Jolla’s Auditorium at TSRI, one as part of the Revelle Chamber Music series.

Thursday’s performance — “Thursday Skål!” — will take place at Barrio Logan’s basileIE Gallery. Sponsored by Mikkeller Brewing, it will be a standing-only event. Skål!, by the way, is Danish for “Cheers!”

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PREVIEW: Low-key concert — with beer! — marks the beginning of Danish String Quartet’s three-year residency with La Jolla Music Society 2019-02-07T16:31:45+00:00

ARTICLE: La Jolla Music Society Announces Opening Gala Concerts At The Conrad

Boradway World
BWW News Desk
February 7, 2019

La Jolla Music Society, one of the West Coast’s foremost performing arts institutions, has announced the launch of its greatly-anticipated, cutting edge new home, The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center (The Conrad), with three illustrious opening-weekend concerts. With ceremonies, performances, and receptions being held Friday through Sunday, April 5, 6, and 7, 2019, the variety and caliber of these festivities in celebration of its $82 million, 49,000-square-foot complex reflect La Jolla Music Society’s invaluable positioning in the classical music world at large, and especially of its immeasurable significance to performing arts programming on an international scale.

Katherine Chapin, Chair of the Board of Directors states, “The experience of expanding upon La Jolla Music Society’s world-class cultural standing through the conception, development, and construction of The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center has been among the most rewarding challenges for the Board of Directors.

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PREVIEW: Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center to open with Seal, Hilary Hahn, SummerFest alums

The San Diego Union
George Varga
January 22, 2019

The La Jolla Music Society is pulling out all the stops for April’s jubilee grand-opening weekend of its $78.5 million Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center.

The cornerstone of the nonprofit organization’s ongoing 50th anniversary season, the new center’s opening will feature concerts April 5-7 by an all-star lineup of classical music, jazz, pop and dance artists that is being publicly announced today.

The complete lineup and ticket information appear below.

Confirmed performers range from Grammy Award-winning singer Seal, the Miró Quartet and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro to violin star Hilary Hahn, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and neo-swing band The Hot Sardines, whose April 7 show is already sold out.

The diversity of artists is designed to showcase both the society’s annual programming eclecticism and the new center itself.

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PREVIEW: Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center to open with Seal, Hilary Hahn, SummerFest alums 2019-01-25T09:18:10+00:00