La Jolla Symphony & Chorus opens 62nd season Oct. 29

Steven Schick conducting the La Jolla Symphony.
Steven Schick conducting the La Jolla Symphony.
(Bill Dean)

“Music from the Middle of Life” is the theme of the new La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) season, which runs Oct. 29-June 11, 2017.

Music Director Steven Schick said he built the concerts around music that composers wrote at the rich midpoint of their careers. In many cases, these works acted as pivot points, leading to new arcs of musical development in their later years.

Highlights of the six-concert subscription series include Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth symphonies, Verdi’s Requiem, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, and contemporary works by three female composers who offer diverse perspectives: Iranian-American Gity Razaz, Icelander Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Canadian Vivian Fung.

Guest artists will include the San Diego Master Chorale and San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, violinist David Bowlin, UCSD’s Kallisti vocal ensemble, flutist Carlos Aguilar, winner of the LJS&C 2015 Young Artists Competition; and more.

The new season also marks David Chase’s final year as the ensemble’s Choral Director. Chase will retire from LJS&C after conducting the finale June 10-11, 2017, culminating a 43-year career.

Concerts are performed in Mandeville Auditorium on the UCSD campus. A free lecture is given by Schick an hour prior to concert times. La Jolla Symphony & Chorus was established in 1954. Its 90-person orchestra and 100-person chorus perform groundbreaking orchestral and choral music along with traditional favorites from the classical repertoire.

Opening concert programs:

The fourth annual, Young People’s Concert will feature musical excerpts from the opening concert weekend, 7-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28. Schick will conduct and provide commentary from the stage. Reserve a free ticket at by searching for “Young People’s Concert.”

Hear Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony contrast sharply with the steamy sensuality of Alexander Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy, and in between Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aeriality and Bryce Dessner’s Lachrymae, which sketch colorful accounts of newer musical landscapes, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Tickets are $29 general, $27 senior, $15 student at (858) 534-4637 or visit