Ken Herman
March 12, 2017

Tafelmusik Baroque Brings Period Music and Sociology to La Jolla

“San Diego history was made Friday (March 10) at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla. Canada’s highly respected Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra made its local debut, and San Diego classical music devotees said farewell to Sherwood Auditorium.

For 56 years this modest, 500-seat hall occupying a coveted Prospect St. location has been the primary venue for the La Jolla Music Society. For decades that organization amibitiously expanded its programming and annual budget with scant evident concern for establishing its own La Jolla venue.

But once the museum obtained the financial means to tear down Sherwood in order to build spacious galleries on that prized parcel of land—essentially quadrupling the museum’s floor space—the Music Society was given what is called in less tony San Diego neighborhoods an eviction notice. In her opening remarks Friday evening, President and Artistic Director of the Music Society Kristin Lancino put the best possible face on this state of affairs, in spite of the clearly compromised situation: the most optimistic completion of the Music Society’s new facilities on Fay Avenue—the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center—is projected to be 2019.”