La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events April 28-May 4

San Diego Children’s Choir

Music in the Soul

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents two great Russian symphonies and a Young Artist Winner debut 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30 and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at Mandeville Auditorium, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive. Program includes Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 9,” Tchaikovsky’s fiery “Symphony No. 4,” and 2014 Young Artists Winner Andrea Fortier will perform Bela Bartok’s valedictory “Viola Concerto.” Tickets: $15-$29. (858) 534-4637.

Torrey Pines Church Concert Series closes its eighth season with a performance by San Diego Children’s Choir 5 p.m. Sunday May 1. Two of the choruses — the Concert Choir (grades 6-9) and the Youth Choir (grades 10-12) — will perform individually and also together. Singing in various languages, the choruses’ repertoire includes works by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and the Estonian contemporary composer Arvo Pärt as well as popular American classics such as Homeward Bound and Ol’ Dan Tucker. 8320 La Jolla Scenic Drive North. Donations accepted. (858) 453-3550.

Mainly Mozart presents a night of chamber music featuring Steven Copes on violin, Hsin-Yun Huang on viola, Peter Wiley on cello, David Shifrin on clarinet, David Jolley on horn and Anne-Marie McDermott on piano. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30.

Program includes Beethoven’s “Clarinet Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 11” and Dohnanyi “Sextet in C Major, Op. 37.” TSRI, 10550 N Torrey Pines Road. Tickets $58. (619) 239-0100.

Steven Copes performs with Mainly Mozart April 30.

The Passport to World of Music series concludes 6 p.m. Saturday April 30 with the Music of Iran. Artist and teacher Kourish Taghavi performs the sitar. Kalabash School of Music and the Arts, 5725 La Jolla Blvd. Tickets: $15. (858) 882-7734.

New York Philharmonic, with music director Alan Gilbert, presents an evening of Beethoven and Sibelius. Program includes “Egmont Overture, Op. 84 (1809-10),” “Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 (1811-12),” “Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 105 (1924)” and “Finlandia, Op. 26 (1899-1900).” 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 at Jacobs Music Center — Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown San Diego. Tickets $30-105. (858) 459-3728.

The Jewish Experience

A multi-media presentation and discussion of Chava Rosenfarb’s “The Tree of Life: An Epic about Life in the Lodz Ghetto,” with Goldie Morgentale, 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, UC San Diego’s Geisel Library, Seuss Room, 9500 Gilman Drive. The talk will be preceded by a screening of the film, “Chava Rosenfarb: That Bubble of Being” (2015) in Yiddish with English subtitles. Free.

Just Dance

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is among the most original forces in contemporary dance, as one of the only professional dance companies to perform year-round. See them perform works by Alejandro Cerrrudo, Penny Saunders, William Forsythe and Crystal Pite, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at Spreckels Theatre 121 Broadway, downtown San Diego. Tickets $20-75. (858) 459-3728.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performs Gustavo Ramirez Sansanos’ ‘I Am Mr. B.’
(Todd Rosenberg)

‘The Humane Economy’

Considered an essential read by animal activist Jane Goodell, “The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals,” author Wayne Pacelle will have a book signing 7:30 p.m. May 9 at Wawricks, 7812 Girard Ave. (858) 454-0347.

‘The Humane Economy’ by Wayne Pacelle

Peaceful Gathering

Hands of Peace San Diego will host “Under the Middle Eastern Sky,” 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at World Beat Cultural Center in Balboa Park. Middle Eastern food, live music, local craft beers and wine, and a hookah lounge.

Proceeds benefit the Hands of Peace teen summer leadership program that brings together Israeli, Palestinian and American teens to explore the Middle East conflict through dialogue and personal relationships. Tickets $150.