It’s Season 45 for La Jolla Music Society
By Linda Hutchinson
Deepening San Diego’s cultural life and appealing to its increasingly diverse community is part of the La Jolla Music Society’s mission. This year, by bringing some of the world’s greatest music and musicians to San Diego for the 2013-2014 winter season, the society is far surpassing its own vision.
“It’s a celebration, our largest ever,” said Christopher Beach, the society’s President and Artistic Director. The organization is celebrating its 45th anniversary season with many debuts, a new Cabaret Series, and several celebrity recitals and orchestras, including famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Pops and Music of the Baroque.
“I love this season because we are trying even harder to bring in artists who are especially exciting,” said Beach, who is leading his eighth full winter season as director. “We are offering world music, from China to Italy.”
The season kicks off with two performances in La Jolla at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium.
On Saturday, Oct. 12, pianist Yuja Wang will make her San Diego debut, performing works by Prokofiev and Chopin.
On Sunday, Oct. 20, the Silk Road Ensemble will perform. The eclectic group was formed 14 years ago by cellist Yo-Yo Ma as part of the Silk Road Project in Boston. It is known for its dynamic combination of modern, traditional and international music.
On Friday, Oct. 25, singer Audra McDonald introduces the new Cabaret Series. The acclaimed singer and actress (a five-time Tony Award winner) will perform popular and classical songs at the Balboa Theatre downtown. The new series will also feature Tony Award-winning singer Patti LaPone with “Far Away Places” on Jan. 31, 2014 and Ann Hampton Callaway singing “The Streisand Songbook” on May 10.
The Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart will introduce the season’s Celebrity Orchestra Series on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Copley Hall.
“It will be a star-spangled performance, with the best pop music in the world,” Beach said. The group will perform works by American composers John Williams, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and George Gershwin (“Rhapsody in Blue”).
The Celebrity Orchestra Series will continue with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque in April, directed by British conductor Jane Glover. “She is one of a few women conductors and a good friend of mine from New York,” Beach said.
The orchestra will perform Haydn’s “The Cre- ation.” “It is one of the greatest pieces of classical music, a choral masterwork, featuring a fabulous cast of singers,” Beach added.
The Celebrity Recital Series will include cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan on Jan. 17, violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Sam Haywood on Feb. 7, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott on March 12 and violinist Midori and pianist Ozgur Aydin on April 25.
On Friday, March 28, pianist Mitsuko Uchida will make her San Diego debut at the MCASD Sherwood Auditorium. “I’ve been trying to get her for 23 years,” said Beach, who was the director of the Performing Arts Center at New York’s Purchase College for 16 years before coming to La Jolla.
Another highlight of the society’s 45th Anniversary Season will be four performances by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. All four performances will be held at the Sherwood Auditorium and will include Romantic Epicenter on November 8, An American in Paris on Feb. 8, Mozart Connections on March 22 and Defining Voices on April 26.
The Jazz Series will highlight Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on March 15 and Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli on April 12, with a tribute to Nat King Cole.
The season will end on Saturday, May 17 with the Alonzo King Lines Ballet appearing at the Spreckels Theatre downtown. Their performance is part of the Dance Series, which will also feature the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet on Feb. 15 and Spain’s Gala Flamenco on March 13.
In all, the La Jolla Music Society’s 45th Anniversary Season includes nine series with 28 individual performances between Oct. 12 and May 17.
■ Tickets are available at (858) 459-3728 and ljms.org
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