‘The Nature of Things’ La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will celebrate 60th season with six concerts

From LJS&C Reports

The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) has announced its 2014- 2015 season — a 60th anniversary celebration that includes six concerts of premieres and groundbreaking works.

“We’ll start with Mahler’s glorious ‘Fifth Symphony,’ and ramp it up from there,” said LJS&C Music Director Steven Schick, whose 60th birthday coincides with that of the ensembles.

“The season will include Beethoven’s ‘Ninth,’ performed on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, where upon the ruins, Leonard Bernstein led an international ensemble in a performance in December 1989. In March, we will perform one of the grandest musical statements of them all, Berlioz’s ‘Requiem.’

“Sprinkled among the masterworks you will find the kind of progressive programming that has put us on the map. We have commissioned New York- based composer Nathan Davis to create a work for LJS&C and the percussion group ‘red fish blue fish.’ This year’s Thomas Nee Commission recipient, Yeung-Ping Chen, will write an Internet-based piece that will allow a group of soloists to be channeled into Mandeville Auditorium through telematics technology.

“We will also welcome back one of our best friends, the extravagantly gifted cellist Maya Beiser for a performance of Osvaldo Golijov’s ‘Azul.’ ”

As with past seasons, Schick has programmed around a theme that invites listeners to delve more deeply into the music. The new season theme, “The Nature of Things,” is inspired by “de rerum natura” by Lucretius, a first century B.C. poet.

Concerts take place in Mandeville Auditorium on the UC San Diego campus, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. They are preceded by a lecture one hour before curtain.

“Early Bird” subscriptions for all six concerts are on sale, starting at $141 ($55 for students). Single tickets go on sale in August. Tickets: (858) 534-4637 or

2014-2015 Season: ‘The Nature of Things’

■ Nov. 8-9: “On the nature of sensation and thought,” world premiere Nathan Davis’ “a Sound, uttered” and Mahler’s “Symphony No. 5.” Guest Artist: red fish blue fish. Steven Schick and David Chase conduct.

■ Dec. 13-14: “On the nature of the democratic impulse and the effacement of obstacles,” William Grant Still’s “Afro- American Symphony” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9.” Schick conducts.

■ Feb. 7-8, 2015: “On the nature of reflection,” Golijov’s “Azul,” Chinary Ung’s “Khse Buon” and Carl Nielsen’s “Symphony No. 4 The Inextinguishable.” Guest Artist: Cellist Maya Beiser. Schick conducts.

■ March 14-15, 2015: “On the nature of renewal,” Berlioz’s “Requiem.” Schick conducts.

■ May 2-3, 2015: “On the nature of the space between us all,” Bernstein’s “Symphony No. 1,” Yeung-ping Chen’s “The Moon of La Jolla” and Charles Ives’ “Symphony No. 2.” Guest conductor Christopher Rountree.

■ June 6-7, 2015: “On the nature of utterance,” Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto,” Jonathan Dove’s “There Was a Child.” Guest artist violinist Annelle Gregory. David Chase conducts.

About Lucretius’ ‘de rerum natura’

■ The task undertaken by the Roman poet Lucretius in his first century B.C. six-book work (translated ‘On the Nature of Things’) was to show that everything in nature can be explained by natural laws without the need for the intervention of divine beings.