La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest is a nationally-recognized chamber music festival featuring over 70 world-class artists and ensembles performing concerts from July 31 – August 23, 2013.
Since its inception in 1986, SummerFest has welcomed over 650 renowned artists and ensembles, four talented artistic directors and nearly a quarter of a million audience members at venues in San Diego and over the airwaves nationwide.
During every SummerFest since 1999, UCSD-TV has produced several TV programs from select SummerFest performances. Click here to see the complete list of those programs and watch them on the web.
SUMMERFEST UNDER THE STARS
Wednesday, July 31 | 7:30 pm Scripps Park (La Jolla Cove)
Join Music Director Cho-Liang Lin for this SummerFest tradition! With an ocean backdrop, listen to a concert under the stars featuring Cho-Liang Lin, Pablo Aslan, Octavio Brunetti, Jiafeng Chen, Héctor Del Curto, Felix Fan, Linden String Quartet and special guests the San Diego Youth Symphony’s International Youth Symphony conducted by Jeff Edmons.
OPENING NIGHT: Let’s Dance!
Friday, August 2 | 7:30 pm MCASD Sherwood Auditorium
SummerFest begins! Celebrate the festival’s opening night with music inspired by dance, from Schubert’s German Dances for String Quartet to Lalo Schifrin’s Letters from Argentina.
Saturday, August 3 | 7:30 pm MCASD Sherwood Auditorium
Antonio Salieri’s influence was found throughout the musical epicenter of Vienna. Be transported to the Vienna of Salieri’s days with works by Salieri, his colleague Mozart, and two of his famous pupils, Beethoven and Schubert.
Sunday, August 4 | 3:00 pm MCASD Sherwood Auditorium
Sweeping melodies, dramatic themes and bold experimentation with rhythm and form took classical music to soaring new heights in the magical age of Romanticsm. Hear some of the best-loved and known works by three giants of the Romantic era: Brahms, Ravel and Dvo?ák.
AN EVENING WITH JONATHAN BISS
Tuesday, August 6 | 7:30 pm MCASD Sherwood Auditorium
Share an evening of Beethoven with American pianist and Beethoven enthusiast Jonathan Biss, widely regarded for his artistry, musical intelligence and deeply felt interpretations.
BACH & BEYOND I
Wednesday, August 7 | 7:30 pm MCASD Sherwood Auditorium
“There is one God – Bach.” (Hector Berlioz) This first in our series devoted to the venerable composer showcases works inspired by Bach alongside works by the great composer himself.
LIVE @ THE LOFT
Friday, August 9 | 6:30 pm | 9:30 pm The Loft at UC San Diego
Join SummerFest Music Director Cho-Liang Lin and friends in this modern and casual setting for a SummerFest event unlike any before it. With no distance between the audience and the musicians, experience your favorite SummerFest artists from a new perspective
AN EVENING WITH THE ARCADIAN ACADEMY & NICHOLAS MCGEGAN
Tuesday, August 13 | 7:30 pm MCASD Sherwood Auditorium
Spend an evening with famed conductor and harpsichordist Nicholas McGegan and period-instrument chamber ensemble Arcadian Academy perform works by Baroque masters.
BACH & BEYOND II
Wednesday, August 14 | 7:30 pm MCASD Sherwood Auditorium
Widely considered the greatest composer in history, Johann Sebastian Bach combined “masterly musical engineering…and profound expressivity.” (New York Times). This is the second in our Bach & Beyond series.
Friday, August 16 | 7:30 pm MCASD Sherwood Auditorium
Three World Premières by three Pulitzer-Prize winning composers: Steven Stucky’s Violin Sonata, David Del Tredici’s Bullycide and John Harbison’s Crossroads.
POSTCARDS FROM PARIS
Saturday, August 17 | 7:30 pm MCASD Sherwood Auditorium
An evening of of French chamber music by Parisian composers Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Chausson and Dutilleux.
OPERA STARS Bohème to The Ring
Sunday, August 18 | 3:00 pm MCASD Sherwood Auditorium
Enjoy a thrilling collection of chamber music pieces from composers whose names are synonymous with operatic masterworks: Puccini, Strauss, Wagner and more!
AN EVENING WITH DANIIL TRIFONOV
Tuesday, August 20 | 7:30 pm MCASD Sherwood Auditorium
“…scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair. [Trifonov] is also a thoughtful artist…he can play with a soft-spoken delicacy…” (New York Times)
Spend an evening with pianist and Gold Medal Winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition Daniil Trifonov.
BACH & BEYOND III
Wednesday, August 21 | 7:30 pm MCASD Sherwood Auditorium
“Harmony is next to Godliness” (Johann Sebastian Bach) This is the final installment of our Bach & Beyond series.
Friday, August 23 | 7:30 pm MCASD Sherwood Auditorium
Legendary British conductor Raymond Leppard makes his festival debut at the “SummerFest Finale” leading the chamber orchestra in works by Mozart and Britten.