La Jolla Symphony & Chorus picks 2016-17 concert theme


“Music From the Middle of Life” will be the theme of the next La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) season, which opens Oct. 29 and closes 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.

Season 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 women 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.

“For Beethoven, the mid-life awakening was the awareness that his increasing deafness meant life would never be the same,” Schick said. “And on one day in his late 30s, he premiered both the Fifth and Sixth symphonies: the first an acknowledgement of fate and faith, the second an encomium to a natural world he could no longer hear. We will explore through this music the art of the pivot — from Beethoven to Luciano Berio’s ground-breaking ‘Sinfonia’ to Stravinsky’s ‘Symphony of Psalms.’”

The 2016-2017 season also marks David Chase’s final year as the ensemble’s Choral Director. Chase will retire from LJS&C after conducting the finale on June 10-11, 2017, culminating a 43-year career.

IF YOU GO: Concerts are performed Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. in Mandeville Auditorium on the UC San Diego campus. A free pre-concert lecture is given by the conductor one hour prior. “Early Bird” discount subscriptions are on sale through June 17 for $60-$165. Single tickets go on sale in late August. Box Office: (858) 534-4637. On the Web: