2018-19 SEASON

2018-2019 Subscription Series

 

Lineage

November 3 @ 7:30pm – November 4 @ 2:00pm, 2018
Steven Schick and Michael Gerdes, conductors

Zosha de Castri Lineage
Tan Dun Water Concerto
Igor Stravinsky Petrushka

Soloist: Steven Schick, percussion (pictured)

Our 64th season asks questions about lineage: Where do we come from? How does the music of our past inform our understanding of the future? We begin with Lineage, a piece by the young Canadian composer Zosha de Castri, who recalls how her grandmother’s tales shaped her own sense of being Canadian. Stravinsky’s Petrushka was inspired by his memories of Russian Shrovetide fairs, in all their color and excitement. Finally, everything on the planet began with water, and in celebration, Music Director Steven Schick gives up his baton to solo in Tan Dun’s Water Concerto, with Michael Gerdes conducting.

Celebrating Tradition

December 8 @ 7:30pm – December 9 @ 2:00pm, 2018
Steven Schick, conductor

Florence Price Violin Concerto No. 2
Qing Qing Wang Between Clouds and Streams NEE COMMISSION
G.F. Handel (Mozart arr.) Messiah

Soloists: Danielle Talamantes, soprano (pictured); Mindy Chu, mezzo-soprano; Derek Chester, tenor (pictured); Kerry Wilkerson, bass-baritone; David Buckley, violin

The December concerts tease our sense of memory. We know Messiah very well, but few know that Mozart re-scored Handel’s Messiah for a much larger orchestra, making our performance an “often-heard rarity.” Co-concertmaster David Buckley is soloist in the Second Violin Concerto of Florence Price, a prolific African-American composer that made her long career in Chicago, where her music was championed by the Chicago Symphony in the 1930s. Our collective musical memory is intimately combined with African-American music. Let’s always remember that. And let’s remember that we are a nation of immigrants, as we celebrate with the stunning music of Chinese-American composer Qing Qing Wang in the 2018 Thomas Nee Commission.

Deep Roots

February 9 @ 7:30pm – February 10 @ 2:00pm, 2019
Steven Schick, conductor

LJ White New Work
Philip Glass Cello Concerto No. 2
Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 3

Soloist: Katinka Kleijn, cello (pictured)

Katinka Kleijn–champion of new music and a member of the Chicago Symphony–is soloist in Philip Glass’ graceful Second Cello Concerto, drawn from his score to the film Noqoyqatsi. The concert concludes with one of Anton Bruckner’s most compact and attractive symphonies, dedicated to Wagner and full of Bruckner’s glorious writing for brass. Emerging composer LJ White adds to the fun with a new work commissioned by the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus.

Bernstein Centennial

March 16 @ 7:30pm – March 17 @ 2:00pm, 2019
Steven Schick, conductor

Laurie San Martin nights bright days
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 8
Leonard Bernstein Symphony No. 3 (Kaddish)

Guest artists: Stacey Fraser, soprano; Eva Barnes, narrator; North Coast Caprice youth choir

After meeting Laurie San Martin, one this country’s most important ebullient composers, we’ll experience the lightness of a classical great—the seldom-heard 8th Symphony of Beethoven—and conclude with Leonard Bernstein’s extraordinary and poignant Symphony No. 3 (Kaddish), with chorus, soprano soloist and narrator. The Bernstein piece, named for the Jewish prayer for the dead, was dedicated to the late President John F. Kennedy and premiered in the days after of his assassination in 1963. It is a reflection simultaneously on the loss of a president and the loss of a generation of European Jews. It is powerful music, but also hopeful.

Looking to the Future

May 4 @ 7:30pm – May 5 @ 2:00pm, 2019
Steven Schick, conductor

Julie Wolfe Fuel (with film by Bill Morrison)
Camille Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2
Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 5

Soloist: Anne Liu, piano, 2017 Young Artists Winner (pictured)

Steven Schick leads a sharply varied program. Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe has taken particular pleasure in writing music with film, and we hear her Fuel, with a film by Bill Morrison. Young Artist Winner Anne Liu performs Saint-Saens’ witty Second Piano Concerto, which has been described as “beginning with Bach and ending with Offenbach.” The concert concludes with Sibelius’ mighty Fifth Symphony, which drives to its triumphant conclusion on six shattering chords for full orchestra.

Remembrance of Things Past

June 8 @ 7:30pm – June 9 @ 2:00pm, 2019
Michael Gerdes, guest conductor

Maurice Ravel La Valse
Charles Ives From Hanover Square North
Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings
Ralph Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem
George Butterworth The Banks of Green Willow

Soloists: Eden Tremayne, soprano; Anthony Whitson-Martini, baritone

We close our season with a reflection on the composer/soldiers of World War I, from Maurice Ravel to Ralph Vaughan-Williams to George Butterworth, whose life was tragically cut short in the war. Music from the same time by Charles Ives, and a favorite by Samuel Barber, the Adagio for Strings rounds out a program that is both steeped in memory and full of messages for our own time.