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La Jolla Presbyterian Church pipe organ
La Jolla Presbyterian Church pipe organ
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Musical Variety in April Concerts

Following a yearlong reconstruction of its pipe organ, La Jolla Presbyterian Church will present a Rededication Concert 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 7715 Draper Ave. World-renowned organist, Chelsea Chen (who grew up attending La Jolla Presbyterian Church), is returning to San Diego to perform an ecelctic concert that will put the new organ through its paces. The instrument boasts 64 ranks (sets of pipes) and 3,651 individual pipes, rivaling the organ at Spreckles Pavilion in Balboa Park! Among the works to be performed: Morgenstimmen from Peer Gynt Suite, Taiwanese Suite (2003), Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 532, and Alleluias sereins d’une ame qui desire le ciel. Freewill offering accepted. (858) 729-5511. ljpres.org

The Karatz Chamber Concert series concludes 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9 with Jiayan Sun on piano. Tickets: $40-$45, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org

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Athenaeum’s spring Acoustic Evenings opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8 with three artists offering a musical segment — Mark Goffeney of Big Toe (who, born without arms, plays with his feet!), Israel Maldonado and Raelee Nikole. Tickets: $12-$17. Athenaeum, 1008 Wall St. Next concerts April 22 and April 29. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org

Mozart and the Grand Tour: From Rococo to Romanticism,” is a new series exploring art and music in the courts of 18th-Century Europe, presented by art historian and violin soloist Victoria Martino and the Musica Pro Arte Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 12, 19, 26 and May 3 and 10. Tickets: $20-$25 per concert, $90-$115 series. Athenaeum, 1008 Wall St. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org

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Pacific Coast Chorale takes the stage for a musical theater-inspired journey in “Back to Broadway!” Hear the standards of “Oklahoma” and “Annie Get Your Gun” to the poignant expressions of “Les Miserables” to the unapologetic wickedness of “Sweeney Todd,” 7 p.m. Saturday April 9 at Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church, 6551 Soledad Mountain Road. Donations accepted. (619) 855-9193. pacificcoastchorale.org

Pacific Coast Chorale present ‘Back to Broadway’
Pacific Coast Chorale present ‘Back to Broadway’
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Pianist and storyteller Jacquelyne Silver will offer a series about Hollywood, including the story behind the larger-than-life men and women who influence our lives. Starting 6:30 p.m. April 7 with “Early Hollywood, Young America,” the series continues Thursdays through April 21. Tickets: $25-$30 per concert, $60-$70 series. La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org

Improvisatory Minds presents a concert of chamber music composed by jazz musicians, along with music by Ellington and Gershwin, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St. Artists include: Antoinette Perry, Benjamin Hudson, Jennie Hansen, Ed Neumeister, Bevan Manson, Dennis Dreith and Michael Patterson. Tickets: $35. (619) 519-1457. improvisatoryminds.org

Past and present Metropolitan Opera Competition Winners, San Diego Opera performers and guest artists who have sung all over the world, will visit La Jolla, Wednesday April 13 for Opera Wednesday, held second Wednesdays at 7 p.m. the Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. $10 suggested donation. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander
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Long before becoming George Costanza on “Seinfeld,” Jason Alexander was a Tony Award-winning Broadway song-and-dance man. His evening with the San Diego Symphony brings a humorous re-telling of his journey to the Broadway stage, 8 p.m. April 8-9, at Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown San Diego. Tickets: $20-$85. (619) 235-0804. sandoiegosymphony.org

People’s Choice Poetry Slam

In honor of National Poetry Month, Poetry & Art Series 2016 presents “Hosting the Hosts” and People’s Choice Poetry Awards, 7 p.m. Friday, April 8 at San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park. Authors/hosts/organizers from local coffee shops, bookstores, libraries, bars and universities will read and perform their original work and discuss their projects. Admission: $5. sandiego-art.org/upcoming/poetryandart


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