MEDIA ARCHIVE

ARTICLE: Choreographer Mark Morris interprets 50-year-old ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ songs as dance

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Marcia Manna
May 10, 2018

Groundbreaking artists share common attributes, among them the courage to realize their creative vision and to tackle projects that have the potential to please, tease or provoke an audience.

Choreographer Mark Morris does all of that and more with “Pepperland,” an evening of dance that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Presented by the La Jolla Music Society on Saturday at the Civic Theatre, the touring show marries two pioneering art forms: the movement style of Morris, a contemporary, world-renowned dancemaker, and the controversial and culturally relevant music written by The Beatles a half century ago.

“Pepperland” was commissioned last year by the City of Liverpool and showcases the Mark Morris Dance Group, a buoyant troupe of 15 who perform to an original score by Ethan Iverson.

Iverson, a New York-based jazz pianist (formerly with The Bad Plus), was musical director for Morris for five years in the 1990s and Morris chose him to compose his own original Sgt. Pepper-inspired works along with new arrangements of songs such as “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Within You Without You” and “Penny Lane.”

Now hold on to your vintage vinyl, folks…

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ARTICLE: Choreographer Mark Morris interprets 50-year-old ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ songs as dance 2018-06-11T13:25:11+00:00

ARTICLE: Mark Morris’s ‘Pepperland’ Invades the Civic Theatre

San Diego Story
Kris Eitland
May 8, 2018

… Morris and his Brooklyn-based group are touring a vivid Beatles tribute to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band across America, with stops in 30 cities before the end of 2019.

“For Pepperland, we do a few stops on every trip,” Morris said from his headquarters in Brooklyn. “This weekend is Santa Barbara and San Diego, then a big six-week tour of Britain next spring. We do other shows in between and are most focused on Pepperland now.”

Pepperland features an original score by Ethan Iverson and arrangements of six songs from the album, such as “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “Penny Lane,” and “When I’m Sixty-Four.”

Morris had to work with lawyers to get rights to use the songs…

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ARTICLE: Mark Morris’s ‘Pepperland’ Invades the Civic Theatre 2018-06-11T13:22:34+00:00

ARTICLE: Joey Alexander, a jazz piano star at 14, counts Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis among his fans

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
April 22, 2018

Like many 14-year-olds, Joey Alexander collects action figures, likes to swim and cites “Black Panther” as his favorite recent movie.

Unlike any other 14-year-olds, he earned Grammy Award nominations in 2016 and 2017 in the Best Improvised Jazz Solo category, plus another in 2016 for Best Jazz Album. That was the same year he duetted with piano icon Chick Corea at the Rochester Jazz Festival and performed at the White House, at age 12, with saxophone legend Wayne Shorter and bassist Esperanza Spalding.

And unlike other 14-year-olds, Alexander has a fan base that includes jazz greats Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock, who began to champion the Indonesian-born pianist after hearing him play in Jakarta in 2011…

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ARTICLE: Joey Alexander, a jazz piano star at 14, counts Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis among his fans 2018-06-11T13:24:41+00:00

REVIEW: In his San Diego debut, tenor Robin Tritschler captivates audience in La Jolla Music Society concert

San Diego Union-Tribune
Christian Hertzog
April 15, 2018

On Saturday evening, San Diegans were introduced to a heavenly sounding Irish tenor named Robin Tritschler. The La Jolla Music Society flew him directly from London to sing Franz Schubert’s song cycle, “Schwanengesang” (“Swan song”), in Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall.

The idea of a “swan song” is powerful: a beautiful, graceful bird with a voice that can only honk and hiss, but in the moment before death magically produces a ravishing melody…

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REVIEW: In his San Diego debut, tenor Robin Tritschler captivates audience in La Jolla Music Society concert 2018-06-11T13:24:12+00:00

REVIEW: New SummerFest Director Inon Barnatan Wows in First Performance

Times of San Diego
Barry Jagoda
April 3, 2018

Fans of La Jolla Music Society’s popular SummerFest have an early opportunity to see and hear the kind of programming that will be brought to the world-class music festival by music director-designate Inon Barnatan, who is curating a three-part series this spring entitled Schubert’s Swan Song.

Based on the first of these concerts, held just before Easter, Barnatan is going to be a huge favorite with La Jolla audiences, including the many who come annually to San Diego for one of the globe’s top musical festivals…

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REVIEW: New SummerFest Director Inon Barnatan Wows in First Performance 2018-06-11T13:21:56+00:00

REVIEW: Inon Barnatan and Garrick Ohlsson deliver masterful performances of late Schubert music

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Christian Hertzog
March 26, 2018

“I am sick. I have eaten nothing for 11 days and drunk nothing, and I totter feebly and shakily from my bed and back again.”

Within his brief lifespan, Schubert produced more than 1,500 compositions. One of classical music’s greatest melodists, his talent for writing small-scale works like songs, dances and marches was evident from his teens. In early 19th century Vienna, however, long, tuneful melodies weren’t easily adapted into four-movement sonata forms like symphonies or string quartets.

Schubert grappled with this challenge throughout his career, and in his last years, he was able to reconcile the two in a series of visionary sonatas, chamber music and his Ninth Symphony. All the more remarkable was that Schubert did this handicapped by illness — believed by many to be syphilis — which he had suffered since the age of 26.

Despite this burden, Schubert produced an astonishing series of masterpieces in his final year. Inon Barnatan and the La Jolla Music Society are showcasing eight of them in a three-part concert series at Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall.

Saturday evening was the first concert and was particularly noteworthy as Barnatan’s first appearance since the announcement that he will succeed Cho-Liang Lin as the musical director of the society’s annual SummerFest.

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REVIEW: Inon Barnatan and Garrick Ohlsson deliver masterful performances of late Schubert music 2018-06-11T13:21:35+00:00

ARTICLE: Schubert Swan Song to salute music composer wrote in final year of his life

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
March 22, 2018

When it came to deciding who would play the high parts and low parts in their four-handed piano performance of Schubert’s famed Fantasy in F Minor, Garrick Ohlsson weighed in with an argument that Inon Barnatan simply couldn’t stand up against.

“I suggested Inon should play the primo, the higher piano part, because — and this will sound silly — I am considerably larger in height, width and weight than him,” Ohlsson recalled with a burst of laughter from his San Francisco home.

“I said to Inon: ‘If I play the primo, you’ll be invisible to the audience! The geeky reason I could give you is that the primo is more difficult, so I let Inon have it!”

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ARTICLE: Schubert Swan Song to salute music composer wrote in final year of his life 2018-03-22T14:40:16+00:00

REVIEW: La Jolla Music Society Presents The Academy of St Martin in the Fields at San Diego’s Jacobs Music Center

Broadway World
Ron Bierman
March 20, 2018

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra, with first violinist and music director Joshua Bell, performed Friday night at San Diego’s Jacobs Music Center as part of the La Jolla Music Society’s ongoing Orchestra Series. Over the years the series has featured only the best of the world’s symphony orchestras, including many that often appear in world top-ten lists. The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, a chamber orchestra with only 43 musicians rather than the 80 or so usually on the stage in a symphony orchestra…

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REVIEW: La Jolla Music Society Presents The Academy of St Martin in the Fields at San Diego’s Jacobs Music Center 2018-03-20T09:40:02+00:00

REVIEW: Brits and Bell Bravely Brandish Beethoven Beatifically

San Diego Story
Ken Herman
March 18, 2018

In a way, experiencing the storied Academy of St. Martin in the Fields play in the Jacobs Music Center on Friday (March 16) was like encountering a long lost friend. In the distant salad days of classical radio broadcasting, hearing an announcer intone “played by the Academy of St. Martin in the Field under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner” seemed as ubiquitous as the station identification.

With a catalogue of some 500 recordings, this chamber orchestra covered the waterfront with fresh, vibrant accounts of a wide range of western music. When Marriner retired—at age 87—in 2011, the famous American violin virtuoso Joshua Bell succeeded him, and Bell provided the center of Friday’s concert. He starred in Henryk Weiniawski’s Second Violin Concerto in D Minor and led the ensemble as Concertmaster in Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony.

I am happy to report that the orchestra’s signature élan—its immaculate precision, tight ensemble, and ingratiating sonority—remains firmly in place under Bell, a condition that was immediately communicated by orchestra’s sparkling, elegantly detailed account of the familiar Mendelssohn Overture…

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REVIEW: Brits and Bell Bravely Brandish Beethoven Beatifically 2018-03-18T09:58:01+00:00

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with La Jolla Music Society in the search for a President and CEO.

PRESIDENT AND CEO

LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY
La Jolla, California

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with La Jolla Music Society in the search for a President and CEO.

La Jolla Music Society (LJMS) is seeking an experienced senior executive with an achievement-oriented record of leading well-established performing arts organizations. The President and CEO of LJMS provides vision, leadership, and management to ensure that the organization fulfills its mission and achieves its goals for excellence, earned and contributed income, and community engagement.

La Jolla Music Society is one of the West Coast’s premier performing arts organizations, enhancing the vitality and deepening the cultural life of the San Diego community. For nearly half a century, LJMS has presented inspired and innovative live performances, from the most widely respected orchestras to young artist winners of international music competitions to world-renowned performers of jazz and dance.

In 2019, after a successful $78 million capital and endowment campaign, LJMS will open a new facility in La Jolla that will be the foremost entertainment venue of its kind in San Diego. The opening of The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in April 2019 is a transformational moment for the La Jolla Music Society. Located in the heart of La Jolla with state-of-the-art acoustics and architectural design, The Conrad is uniquely situated to be a performing arts destination throughout the West Coast. The new President and CEO will be charged with management of the 49,000 square foot facility and the essential generation of rental income to support the building, in addition to execution of successful, high quality presentations under the LJMS banner.

Also in 2019, LJMS will welcome new SummerFest Music Director, Inon Barnatan, as the orchestrator of its annual August chamber music festival of live performances and community engagement activities. The new President and CEO will oversee Mr. Barnatan and the Director of Programming as they set the artistic vision and programmatic direction to advance SummerFest to the next level. Furthermore, the new President and CEO will lead LJMS to expand its year-round multidisciplinary presentations including chamber and orchestral music, as well as established and emerging artists in the worlds of jazz, dance, cabaret, and new world music.

As part of the completion of The Conrad building project, LJMS is embarking on an additional $10 million education and programming endowment campaign. The new President and CEO and the Board will champion the expansion of the current endowment to 1) fund imaginative music education opportunities; 2) offer creative new arts experiences; and 3) initiate innovative collaborations and community engagement around San Diego County.

The next President and CEO will have key priorities, focused specifically on 1) leadership of all aspects of the organization; 2) fundraising for LJMS; 3) rental and promotion of The Conrad; 4) artistic and educational oversight; and 5) fiscally sound management of both LJMS and The Conrad. This exciting unfolding chapter in LJMS’s history will provide the new President and CEO a prominent platform in the center of the San Diego artistic community and an opportunity to position The Conrad as a showcase cultural and entertainment center.

A minimum of ten years of arts leadership or commensurate experience is required for this position. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

To apply for this position, visit:
https://opportunities.aspenleadershipgroup.com/opportunities/352

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with La Jolla Music Society in the search for a President and CEO. 2018-03-16T13:39:30+00:00