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UCSD celebrates 80th birthday of musical visionary Roger Reynolds

Jan 30, 2015, 12:14 p.m.

THE MAN: 80-year-old Roger Reynolds, a mainstay of UC San Diego’s music department for almost half a century, has been called an explorer, a visionary, and one of the most adventurous composers working today. Next week, his birthday is being honored on campus with a three-day celebration that includes a symposium, an exhibit of several of his multimedia pieces, and a concert of his music for strings and electronics by the London-based Arditti Quartet. Born in Detroit, Reynolds started playing ...

Cellist Maya Beiser last performed with the orchestra in 2007.

‘Cello Goddess’ Maya Beiser to perform with LJS&C

Jan 28, 2015, 1:52 p.m.

The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) will present the third concert of its 60th anniversary season “The Nature of Things,” Feb. 7 and 8 in Mandeville Auditorium on the UC San Diego campus. Conducted by Steven Schick, the concert will explore the nature of reflection in three works: Osvaldo Golijov’s cello concerto “Azul”; Chinary Ung’s piece for unaccompanied cello “Khse Buon”; and Carl Nielsen’s earth-shaking Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable.” Cellist Maya Beiser will solo. 1) “Azul” has become ...

Victoria Martino and James Lent will perform a marathon of Mozart sonatas to celebrate the composer’s 259th birthday.

Mozart Marathon to bring day of marvelous music to Athenaeum Saturday, Jan. 24

Jan 21, 2015, 4:54 p.m.

Many concert violinists are content to stick with a repertoire of a dozen pieces they play at public performances. Not Victoria Martino. This accomplished violinist, who divides her time between La Jolla, La Mesa, Los Angeles and New York City, estimates her repertoire at well over 350 pieces by more than 60 composers. Her favorite of them all is Mozart, and on Saturday, Jan. 24, she and Los Angeles-based pianist James Lent will offer their second Mozart Marathon at La ...

San Diego soundON Festival to showcase modern music, Jan. 8-11 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla

Jan 2, 2015, 10:22 a.m.

The ninth annual San Diego soundON Festival of Modern Music runs Jan. 8-11, 2015 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. in La Jolla (with the exception of the Jan. 9 workshops, which will be held at the Athenaeum School of Arts Studios in University Heights and La Jolla.) The four-day festival celebrates emerging voices of the contemporary music scene, modern masters and several cutting edge world premieres. The 2015 program will showcase the vibrant, exploratory edge ...

Jake Stephens’ debut album, ‘How the Water Feels,’ is available at Bird Rock Surf Shop, 5509 La Jolla Blvd.

WindanSea musician Jake Stephens records ocean-inspired album

Jan 2, 2015, 9:43 a.m.

WindanSea resident Jake Stephens, when describing his debut album “How the Water Feels,” called it a “rollingly groovy acoustic vibe album about the water ... It’s a boards-on-the-back-of-the-car- rolling-towards-the-ocean album.” Recorded largely from his apartment, the Florida native said, “This album is really dedicated to anyone with a connection to the water. Whether that’s from surfing or just being near the ocean or whatever water form affects them. We have a very primal relationship with the water, especially the sea. ...

The capstone of the Spreckels Organ Centennial Concert will be an inspiring reveal of the newly refurbished, sparkling gold mica pipe facade, and the announcement that with pipe additions funded by worldwide supporters, the Spreckels Organ is on its way to, once again, becoming the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world.

New Year’s Eve spectacular set for Spreckels Pavilion

Dec 26, 2014, 10:01 a.m.

All are invited to experience an historic event — the Spreckels Organ Centennial Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31, 2014 — celebrating 100 years to the day, of the grand opening of the Spreckels Organ and Pavilion in Balboa Park. Admission and parking are free. Presented by the Spreckels Organ Society and San Diego Civic Organist Carol Williams, this musical commemoration will be launched by a grand procession of 175 dignitaries from civic and Balboa Park institutions, travelling down the Prado ...

Steven Schick conducting La Jolla Symphony & Chorus.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus: Beethoven’s ‘Ninth’ and ‘Afro-American Symphony’ share program

Dec 11, 2014, 12:26 p.m.

In December 1989, Leonard Bernstein led an international orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” on the ruins of the Berlin Wall, which had just been demolished. The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) marks the 25th anniversary of that historic concert with a performance of Beethoven’s grandest symphony — one of the best-known works in classical music — in the second concert of its 60th anniversary season, “The Nature of Things,” Dec. 12, 13 and 14 in Mandeville ...

A scene from a San Diego Ballet performance on stage at Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego.

Holiday Entertainment Guide — Corps to Choruses: Treasured musical traditions ring in the season

Dec 10, 2014, 2:08 p.m.

The next two weeks of December 2014 are packed with performances you can only see and hear at this festive time of year. Brighten your holidays by a catching a show or two! — SOUNDS OF THE SEASON — ■ Hallelujah!: La Jolla Presbyterian Church presents its annual Christmas Concert, “Hallelujah,” 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday Dec. 14. Carols and anthems with the LJPC 60-voice Chancel Choir, 18-member professional orchestra, 15-member brass ensemble, hand-bell choir and children’s choir at the ...

Itzhak Perlman chats with William Brody, president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla.

Itzhak Perlman visits Salk in La Jolla

Nov 20, 2014, 11:23 a.m.

Violin virtuoso and polio survivor Itzhak Perlman never got to meet Jonas Salk, nor benefit from the polio vaccine the acclaimed medial researcher and virologist developed six years after Perlman contracted the infectious disease at age 4, which left his legs paralyzed. Nevertheless, speaking at the La Jolla research institute Salk founded in 1960 on Nov. 13 — the centenary of Salk’s birth — Perlman said he read about Salk constantly in his youth. “He was ‘the guy,’ ” said ...

Jocko Marcellino belts out Little Richard’s ‘Lucille’ at the Hollywood Bowl July 13, 2013 with accompaniment from Foo Fighters frontman and step-nephew Dave Grohl on drums and Sha Na Na’s Michael Brown on sax. Courtesy Photo

'Jocko' Marcellino returns to basics on new CD

Nov 12, 2014, 11:27 a.m.

La Jolla's 'Jocko' Marcellino touches on storied music career, Sha Na Na's Woodstock performance Although the Woodstock Festival is considered by many to be ground zero of the 1960s counterculture, sandwiched somewhere between Janis Joplin’s caterwauling vocals and Jimi Hendrix’s searing guitar riffs, an unlikely band of Columbia University students billing themselves as Sha Na Na performed a high-energy set of 1950s revival-style rock ‘n’ roll that seemed at odds with the rest of the peace-and-love promoting bands on three-day ...

Steven Schick conducts the Symphony orchestra. Bill Dean

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus announces 60th season concerts

Oct 29, 2014, 11:31 a.m.

2014-2015 Season: ‘The Nature of Things’ Nov. 8-9: “On the nature of sensation and thought,” premiere of “a Sound, uttered” and Mahler’s “Symphony No. 5.” Guest artist: red fish blue fish. Steven Schick and David Chase conduct. Dec. 13-14: “On the nature of the democratic impulse and the effacement of obstacles,” William Grant Still’s “Afro- American Symphony” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9.” Schick conducts. Feb. 7-8, 2015: “On the nature of reflection,” Golijov’s “Azul,” Chinary Ung’s “Khse Buon” and Carl ...

(Back) Charles Lester, Gali Laska, Gia Marino, Mac Simpson, Gabi Leibowitz, Lindsay Gartner, (front) Faith Nibbe, Lauren Levi and Eliana Nahl are the actors from La Jolla. Courtesy

They can fly! J*Company stages youth production of ‘Peter Pan’

Oct 21, 2014, 1:20 p.m.

Of the 88 young actors following the second star to the right and straight on ‘till morning in J*Company’s production of “Peter Pan,” nine of them are from La Jolla, including the young leading lady. Gabi Leibowitz of La Jolla Shores plays Wendy Moira Angela Darling in the production, which opens Oct. 25 and runs through Nov. 9 at the Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center. Having seen the Disney movie (many times), Leibowitz said the tale ...

Sheldon Harnick visits the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, where he stayed while working on ‘Rothschild & Sons.’

‘Fiddler’ lyricist brings remodeled ‘Rothschild’ show to town

Oct 10, 2014, 9:38 a.m.

Multi-award-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick has been writing songs for more than 70 of his 90 years — and he’s still going strong. Harnick was at North Coast Repertory Theatre Sept. 22-23 for a two- night staged reading of “Rothschild & Sons,” a newly revamped version of his 1970 Broadway show, “The Rothschilds.” This first public viewing of the work-in- progress was preceded on Sept. 21 by a celebration of Harnick’s career that included a conversation with Arnold Mittelman, director of ...

Crooner Michael Feinstein and his big band will present an all-Frank Sinatra program, 8 p.m. April 25, 2015 at Jacobs Music Center/Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego.  Stephen Sorokoff

La Jolla Music Society: Sounds of the World

Oct 9, 2014, 4:02 p.m.

La Jolla Music Society's upcoming season mingles genres and international stars IF YOU GO: For details and tickets to La Jolla Music Society’s 2014-15 season, visit or call (858) 459-3728. Box office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 7946 Ivanhoe Ave. When Christopher Beach, president and artistic director of La Jolla Music Society (LJMS), says “We bring the world to San Diego,” he’s not exaggerating. LJMS’s 2014-15 season is a symphony of international stars, from ...