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ARTICLE: The Conrad debuts on a grand scale in La Jolla

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Diane Bell
April 8, 2019

Friday night was The Conrad’s night. Construction dust was swept away. The music hall was tidied up, dressed up and bedecked with flowers like a debutante at her coming-out party ready to step into society.

It was the night generous donors got to see — and hear— the outcome their contributions to the $82 million privately funded concert hall and multi-purpose venue. And it was the night an army of volunteers could finally savor the satisfaction of having helped open a new chapter in La Jolla and San Diego music history.

It was the night the music lived.

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ARTICLE: The Conrad debuts on a grand scale in La Jolla2019-04-13T16:03:58-07:00

REVIEW: Impeccable Elegance Marks La Jolla Music Society’s Opening of The Conrad

Times of San Diego
Barry Jagoda
April 7, 2019

Impeccable elegance are the words that may be used to describe the gala grand opening weekend of The Conrad, the La Jolla Music Society’s new musical and cultural center bringing heart and soul to the center of the storied village.

Inaugural concerts and building dedications almost never get it just right–but not this time. The highest quality—due to architecture, sound design and musical performance–was exactly what was on offer in the courtyard and inside the magnificent new Baker-Baum Concert Hall of The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center on Friday night and throughout the weekend.

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REVIEW: Impeccable Elegance Marks La Jolla Music Society’s Opening of The Conrad2019-04-13T16:19:11-07:00

Review: The Conrad Presbys Performing Arts Center (The Conrad) Opens In La Jolla

The Scoop LA
Buddy Sampson
April 7, 2019

If you want to get out of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and hear music in a new state of the art music facility, you owe it to yourself to attend concerts and performances at The Conrad Presbys Performing Arts Center (The Conrad). The concert hall, with acoustics that rival the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, debuted April 5th, 6th and 7th, and were special nights, with performances that showcased the wonderful and rich sound audience members will experience as they hear their favorite music.

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Review: The Conrad Presbys Performing Arts Center (The Conrad) Opens In La Jolla2019-04-13T16:08:08-07:00

REVIEW: Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center opens with some pomp, much circumstance

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
April 6, 2019

Hello, Conrad! Goodbye, Sherwood!

Two years and 17 days after the La Jolla Music Society held its final concert at the now-defunct Sherwood Auditorium, a new era began Friday night with the gala grand opening of the society’s state-of-the-art Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center.

The 49,000-square-foot center, otherwise known as The Conrad, was designed and built at a cost of $82 million, all but $700,000 of which had been paid for before its doors even opened. That is a formidable feat for any nonprofit arts organization. The fact that The Conrad was underwritten entirely by private donors, without a penny of public funding, is even more notable.

Or as Katherine Chapin, the society’s board chair told the sold-out audience Friday: “Tonight, we are standing in the future we dreamed of.”

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REVIEW: Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center opens with some pomp, much circumstance2019-04-13T15:25:24-07:00

ARTICLE: Where to eat near La Jolla’s new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Michele Parente
April 4, 2019

With its gorgeous setting, landmark restaurants and top-line chefs, La Jolla has long been one of the region’s top dining destinations.

But as neighborhoods like Little Italy, North Park and Carlsbad have edged it out for culinary cachet, La Jolla isn’t always the first place that pops into hungry non-La Jollans’ minds.

Friday’s opening of the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center is sure to change that tune. The $82 million, state-of-the-art venue is the new home of the La Jolla Music Society and will also host a world-class roster of performers.

If you’re planning to eat up all that culture and it’s been a while since you’ve been to La Jolla — or are looking for a new place to try — here’s our first-string list of where to dine.

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ARTICLE: Where to eat near La Jolla’s new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center2019-04-13T15:16:25-07:00

PREVIEW: Eclectic musical offerings set for new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
April 3, 2019

And then what?

This weekend will see the gala opening of the La Jolla Music Society’s $82 million Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, where more than a dozen artists are set to perform between Friday and Sunday. They range from pop vocal star Seal and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro to such classical mainstays as Hilary Hahn, Wu Han, the Miro Quartet and Inon Barnatan, the new music director of the society’s annual SummerFest.

But that’s just the start of what is being billed as the “Coming Home Festival.”

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PREVIEW: Eclectic musical offerings set for new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center2019-04-04T10:08:32-07:00

ARTICLE: $82M Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center debuts Friday

La Jolla Light
George Varga, Corey Levitan
April 2, 2019

When opportunity came knocking for the La Jolla Music Society to launch the most ambitious and expensive undertaking in the organization’s history, it came in the form of a wrecking ball.

In 2012, the society learned that Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla would be torn down and rebuilt as a large exhibition gallery by its owner, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

The society had rented the 492-seat auditorium every August since 1986 for its acclaimed SummerFest chamber-music extravaganza. It had also used the auditorium for fall, winter and spring concerts. Sherwood’s closure could have been a crippling, if not fatal, blow.

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ARTICLE: $82M Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center debuts Friday2019-04-13T15:10:55-07:00

ARTICLE: La Jolla Music Society’s Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center set to open with a splash — and an $82 million price tag

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
March 31, 2019

When opportunity came knocking for the La Jolla Music Society to launch the most ambitious and expensive undertaking in the organization’s history, it came in the form of a wrecking ball.

In 2012, the society learned that Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla would be torn down and rebuilt as a large exhibition gallery by its owner, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

The society had rented the 492-seat auditorium every August since 1986 for its acclaimed SummerFest chamber-music extravaganza. It had also used the auditorium for fall, winter and spring concerts. Sherwood’s closure could have been a crippling, if not fatal, blow.

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ARTICLE: La Jolla Music Society’s Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center set to open with a splash — and an $82 million price tag2019-03-31T09:16:42-07:00

PREVIEW: Top music picks in San Diego: Gary Clark Jr., Chris Thile, Morgan James, Father John Misty and more

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
March 24, 2019

Fresh from his latest Grammy Award victory in February, mandolin master Chris Thile is a San Diego native and co-founder of the bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers. His solo concerts usually mix original compositions, Bach cantatas and bluegrass staples into an intoxicating blend.

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PREVIEW: Top music picks in San Diego: Gary Clark Jr., Chris Thile, Morgan James, Father John Misty and more2019-03-25T11:36:02-07:00

PREVIEW: Top classical music picks in San Diego: Anoushka Shankar, San Diego Opera, Anthony Davis, Mainly Mozart Festival and more

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Beth Wood
March 24, 2019

Internationally renowned sitar player and composer Shankar, a former Encinitas resident, is as expert playing classical ragas she learned from her late father, Ravi Shankar, as she is with more contemporary styles.

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PREVIEW: Top classical music picks in San Diego: Anoushka Shankar, San Diego Opera, Anthony Davis, Mainly Mozart Festival and more2019-03-25T11:34:08-07:00