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San Diego soundON Festival to showcase modern music, Jan. 8-11 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla

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The ninth annual San Diego soundON Festival of Modern Music runs Jan. 8-11, 2015 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. in La Jolla (with the exception of the Jan. 9 workshops, which will be held at the Athenaeum School of Arts Studios in University Heights and La Jolla.)

The four-day festival celebrates emerging voices of the contemporary music scene, modern masters and several cutting edge world premieres.

The 2015 program will showcase the vibrant, exploratory edge of modern music’s past and present, performed by San Diego New Music’s ensemble-in-residence, NOISE, founded in 2000.

The opening concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, will feature Juan Campoverde Q.’s world premiere of “Nocturon/Muna,” as well as Elliott Carter’s “Epigrams,” Sidney Marquez’s “Boquiren Babalyan,” Stuart Saunders Smith’s “Hearts,” James Erber’s “Trattenimento da Camera” and Jean-Charles Francois’ “Fragments II.”

At noon, Saturday, Jan. 10, soundON highlights participants of the Jan. 9 community workshop with a free public concert at the Athenaeum, and at 7:30 p.m. a full soundOn Festival concert with world premieres of “none but the lonely,” by Mark Menzies and “Etudes, nos. 5-8” by Franklin Cox. Additional performances include James Erber’s “The Ray and its Shadow,” Pierre Boulez’s “Derive,” and Elliott Carter’s “Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux.”

The closing day concert of the soundOn Festival, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, features the world premiere of “Fold” by Christopher Adler, Chinary Ung’s “Luminous Spirals,” Nathan Hubbard’s “last (passing) moment,” Brian Ferneyhough’s “Sisyphus Redux,” Rand Steiger’s “For Marnie Dilling,” Mark Sabat’s “Claudius Ptolemy,” James Erber’s “le colonne d’ercole,” Pierre Boulez and Mark Menizes’ “realization of ...explosante-fixe.”

soundON will host two community workshops at the Athenaeum’s School of the Arts’ Park Blvd. Studio and La Jolla Athenaeum’s School of the Arts Studio, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9. Workshop participants will be guided through a range of pieces by NOISE members and prepare to show off their new skills in their own concert the following day.

IF YOU GO: Four-Day Festival Pass is $55 for members, $70 for nonmembers, $25 students; One-Day Pass and/or individual events are $25 nonmembers, $20 members, $10 students with ID. Full schedule at sandiegonewmusic.com and ljathenaeum.org

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