By Linda HutchinsonDeepening San Diego’s cultural life and appealing to its increasingly diverse community is part of the La Jolla Music Society’s mission. This year, by bringing some of the world’s greatest music and musicians to San Diego for the 2013-2014 winter season, the society is far surpassing its own vision.
“It’s a celebration, our largest ever,” said Christopher Beach, the society’s President and Artistic Director. The organization is celebrating its 45th anniversary season with many debuts, a new Cabaret Series, and several celebrity recitals and orchestras, including famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Pops and Music of the Baroque.
“I love this season because we are trying even harder to bring in artists who are especially exciting,” said Beach, who is leading his eighth full winter season as director. “We are offering world music, from China to Italy.”
The season kicks off with two performances in La Jolla at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium.
On Saturday, Oct. 12, pianist
Yuja Wangwill make her San Diego debut, performing works by Prokofiev and Chopin.
On Sunday, Oct. 20, the
Silk Road Ensemblewill perform. The eclectic group was formed 14 years ago by cellist Yo-Yo Ma as part of the Silk Road Project in Boston. It is known for its dynamic combination of modern, traditional and international music.
On Friday, Oct. 25, singer
Audra McDonaldintroduces the new
- The acclaimed singer and actress (a five-time Tony Award winner) will perform popular and classical songs at the Balboa Theatre downtown. The new series will also feature Tony Award-winning singer
Patti LaPonewith “Far Away Places” on Jan. 31, 2014 and
Ann Hampton Callawaysinging “The Streisand Songbook” on May 10.
The Boston Popsconducted by
Keith Lockhartwill introduce the season’s
Celebrity Orchestra Serieson Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Copley Hall.
“It will be a star-spangled performance, with the best pop music in the world,” Beach said. The group will perform works by American composers John Williams, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and George Gershwin (“Rhapsody in Blue”).
Celebrity Orchestra Serieswill continue with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque in April, directed by British conductor
- “She is one of a few women conductors and a good friend of mine from New York,” Beach said.
The orchestra will perform Haydn’s “The Cre- ation.” “It is one of the greatest pieces of classical music, a choral masterwork, featuring a fabulous cast of singers,” Beach added.
Celebrity Recital Serieswill include cellist
Alisa Weilersteinand pianist
Inon Barnatanon Jan. 17, violinist
Joshua Belland pianist
Sam Haywoodon Feb. 7, cellist
Yo-Yo Maand pianist
Kathryn Stotton March 12 and violinist
Ozgur Aydinon April 25.
On Friday, March 28, pianist
Mitsuko Uchidawill make her San Diego debut at the MCASD Sherwood Auditorium. “I’ve been trying to get her for 23 years,” said Beach, who was the director of the Performing Arts Center at New York’s Purchase College for 16 years before coming to La Jolla.
Another highlight of the society’s 45th Anniversary Season will be four performances by the
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
- All four performances will be held at the Sherwood Auditorium and will include Romantic Epicenter on November 8, An American in Paris on Feb. 8, Mozart Connections on March 22 and Defining Voices on April 26.
Jazz Serieswill highlight
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestrawith
Wynton Marsalison March 15 and
John Pizzarellion April 12, with a tribute to Nat King Cole.
The season will end on Saturday, May 17 with the
Alonzo King Lines Balletappearing at the Spreckels Theatre downtown. Their performance is part of the
Dance Series, which will also feature the
Cedar Lake Contemporary Balleton Feb. 15 and Spain’s
Gala Flamencoon March 13.
In all, the La Jolla Music Society’s 45th Anniversary Season includes nine series with 28 individual performances between Oct. 12 and May 17.■
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