By Susan DeMaggio
La Jolla Music Society President and Artistic Director Christopher Beach refuses to play favorites. ALL the concerts and artists scheduled for SummerFest 2011 will be memorable, he insists.
“I can categorize them a bit, though,” he said while firing up sample music videos on his office computer. “There are the Legends Concerts — Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson (Aug. 7), Assad Brothers (Aug. 14), and Tokyo String Quartet (Aug. 21). Then there are the Wednesday artist-driven programs with Olga Kern (Aug. 10) Marc-Andre Hamelin and Alisa Weilerstein (Aug. 17) and Midori (Aug. 23).
“There will be a special treat Baroque Masters concert at St. James Church (Aug. 20.) And those who love serenades and romance must attend the Aug. 12 concert. Of course, the Commissions and Premieres night on Aug. 19 is where you will hear music no one has heard before; sometimes brilliant!”
Beach assures that this is the summer to hear the world’s finest musicians playing the finest chamber classics, and it also the summer to experience SummerFest, as La Jolla Music Society celebrates 25 years of presenting heartwarming, soul-stirring concerts. Bravo! Bravo!
SummerFest Special Events
annual SummerFest Under the Stars
free, kick-off concert
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 at Scripps Park at the La Jolla Cove.
• SummerFest 25
, black-tie benefit at the home of Joan and Irwin Jacobs, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, tickets at (858) 459-3724, ext. 206.
• Concert Lineup:
Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. Opening Night: 25th Anniversary Celebration
Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m. Gil Shaham & Friends
Aug. 7, 3 p.m. Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson: The Trio of our Time
Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. Mozart I: Soul of a Genius
Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. An Evening with Olga Kern
Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m. Serenades & Romance
Aug. 14, 3 p.m. Assad Brothers: Legends of the Guitar
Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m. Mozart II: The Sublime Spirit
Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m. An Evening with Marc-André Hamelin and Alisa Weilerstein
Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. Commissions and Premières
Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. Baroque Masters at St. James By-the-Sea Church
Aug. 21, 3 p.m. Tokyo String Quartet
Aug 23, 7:30 p.m. Mozart III: Quintet Masterpieces
Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m. An Evening with Midori
Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. SummerFest Finale
Free admission, limited seating 1-2:30 p.m. at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library: Aug. 11 panel discussion: Exploring Mozart’s Operatic Genius with Nicolas Reveles, Cynthia Stokes and Dianna Ruggiero. Aug. 18 Composers Forum with Marc-Andre Dalbavie, Sean Shepherd, Joan Tower and Cynthia Lee Wong, moderated by Russell Steinberg. Aug. 25 Hearing Mozart: A Complex Drama in Sonata and Symphony with Russell Steinberg.
Ticket holders are invited to arrive early and hear musical and historical insights to enhance their concert-going experiences. These programs include interviews with SummerFest artists and musical performances on Aug. 14, 19, 21, and 26
Free, limited seating at MCASD Sherwood Auditorium. Doors open for the audience to select seats 10 minutes prior to the start time for each rehearsal. Aug. 6, 2:50–4:15 p.m. The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Michael Tree and Harold Robinson rehearse the world première of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s new work.
Aug. 8, 9:50–11:30 a.m. Augustin Hadelich, Toby Hoffman and Eric Kim rehearse Mozart’s Divertimento in E-flat Major, K. 563.
Aug. 9, 1:20–2:30 p.m. Olga Kern, David Chan and Eric Kim rehearse Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67.
Aug. 18, 2:50–4:15 p.m. Cho-Liang Lin leads a rehearsal of John William’s Quartet La Jolla.
Aug. 19, 1:50–3 p.m. St. James By-The-Sea Nicholas McGegan rehearses Handel and Vivaldi Concerti from his Baroque Masters performance.
Aug. 20, 1:20–2:30 p.m. Members of the Tokyo String Quartet, Joyce Yang and Felix Fan rehearse the Coast première of Cynthia Lee Wong’s Piano Quartet.
Aug. 22, 12:50–2 p.m. Tokyo String Quartet and Burt Hara rehearse Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581.
Aug. 25, 3:20–4:45 p.m. Tokyo String Quartet and Cynthia Phelps lead a rehearsal of Mendelssohn’s String Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20.
• Coaching Workshops:
Free, limited seating at La Jolla Riford Library, 10 to noon Aug. 5, 12, 18 and 19. SummerFest performers will coach young local musicians from the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory. Visit www.LJMS.org for listing of coaches, changes to the schedule.
Three SummerFest concerts will feature the music of Mozart: “Soul of a Genius,” (Aug. 9) showcases his Piano Quartet in G Minor and Divertimento in E-flat Major. “The Sublime Spirit” (Aug. 16) includes Mozart’s wind masterpiece Gran Partita, plus the seldom-performed Grande Sontate in E Major, Op. 19 by Franz Xavier Wolfgang Mozart, the youngest of Mozart’s six children and one of the two that survived infancy. “Quintet Masterpieces” (Aug. 23) Clarinet Quintet in A Major and Beethoven’s ‘Magic Flute’-inspired works: Variations on Bei Männern and Variations on Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen.