La Jolla CA— La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) will feature Keir GoGwilt who dazzled in Thomas Adès’ Violin Concerto two seasons ago, in a rarely-performed piece, the Violin Concerto of Robert Schumann, one of that doomed composer’s final works. This work, which remained virtually unknown for 80 years after its creation, was written for the violinist Joseph Joachim, after just having composed another work for the violinist – the Fantasie in C major, Op. 131. Joachim, feeing that the work had contributed to Schumann’s declining spirits and subsequent suicide attempts, retained the manuscript and requested in his will that it not be played for 100 years after the composer’s death. As the composer descended further into madness, he later believed that one of the melodies he used in the second movement was dictated to him by the spirits of Mendelssohn and Schubert.
The La Jolla Symphony Chorus joins the orchestra for the work that launched John Adams’ career. Harmonium sets poetic texts by John Donne and Emily Dickinson, and its premiere in 1981 announced the arrival of a major composer. Adams himself describes this piece as one of his first mature statements in a language that was born out of his exposure to minimalism. From the texts of the poetry, he creates an image of many human voices “riding upon waves of rippling sound”.
Celeste Oram, this year’s Nee Commission winner, continues our tradition of melding music and visual art with her brand new work entitled a loose affiliation of alleluias, to be premiered at this performance. This inventive new work is designed as a companion piece to the Schumann violin concerto, but also takes musical inspiration from both popular songs and 12th Century counterpoint. The composer cites vocal music as an integral part of her musical and compositional foundation and in her own words: “… this piece is something of an exercise in writing a choir piece for orchestra.”
The performances take place in Mandeville Auditorium at UC San Diego on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, 2019. Concert times are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. A pre-concert lecture by Steven Schick is given one hour before concert start. Tickets are $18-$39. Parking is free in the Osler Parking Structure on weekends. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 858-534-4637 or visit lajollasymphony.com.
December 15, 2019 at 4 P.M. – Ruben Valenzuela will lead the La Jolla Symphony chamber orchestra, chorus soloists, and audience members in the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. All are welcome to join in for the singing or simply enjoy the sound of hundreds of voices lifted in song. Music Scores available onsite for sale ($15) or rent ($5)
In Advance: General $18 / Student-Youth $10 (21 and under)
Venue: St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, Carlsbad: 6628 Santa Isabel St. (corner of Alga Rd. and El Fuerte)
The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, San Diego’s oldest and largest community orchestra and chorus, is a non-profit musical performing group dedicated to inspiring San Diego with the joy of music. Its 90-person orchestra and 100-person chorus perform groundbreaking orchestral and choral music alongside traditional favorites from the classical repertoire. During the 65th season, Music Director Steven Schick leads the ensemble in music by Rossini, Bartok, Price, Schumann, Adams, Britten, Brahms, Takemitsu, Debussy and more. Founded in 1954, LJS&C has been an affiliate of UC San Diego since 1967.