La Jolla Symphony: Next season a feast for ears AND eyes

The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus held a preview party for its patrons, musicians and staff at Torrey Pines Christian Church on April 6 to present an overview of the 2010-11 season.

Six concerts under the theme “Face the Music: Experiences for the Ears and Eyes” are scheduled to be performed at the Mandeville Auditorium on the USCD campus beginning in October.

While describing the highlights, music director Steven Schick and choral director David Chase said the selection committee did not shy away from challenging pieces — fast becoming the LJS&C trademark.

These concerts will include the world premiere of Mark Applebaum’s “Concerto for Florist & Orchestra,” with ornamental horticulturalist James Del Prince as “soloist,” on March 12 and 13. Schick said of the event, “This concert will leave you remembering how it looked as well as how it sounded.”

Chase said another “visual” concert, in keeping with the season’s theme, will be J.S. Bach’s “The Passion According to St. Matthew” on April 30 and May 1, which is “almost operatic in its spectacle and impact.”

The season will open Oct. 30-31 with Schick conducting Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide,” Alexandre Scriabin’s “Prometheus” and Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1.” Program notes say Scriabin scored “Prometheus” for piano, chorus, orchestra, and what he called a “color organ,” which would project patterns of colored light behind the performers — rock-concert style!

“A good concert is like a tuning fork,” Schick told those gathered. “You just start it, and it goes on by itself. It vibrates gloriously; you feel the sound, you’re transported by it. After this first concert, we want subscribers to walk away saying they’re glad they’re subscribers and they’re looking forward to the next one.”

Subscription tickets are $139, $119 and $50 for students. Single concert ticket prices vary. For tickets and more information, call the LJS&C office at (858) 534-4637 or visit


The LJS&C has two presentations left in its current season:

  • May 1-2: Mozart’s “Symphony No. 40" and “Symphony No. 41,” Alban Berg’s “Violin Concerto” and Bach’s “Es ist Genug.”
  • June 5-6: The San Diego premiere of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem.”