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La Jolla Symphony and Chorus February Concert to Feature Brahms’ Mighty Third Symphony

Pisaro plus new work by the Brenda and Steven Schick commission, Anahita Abbasi will also be featured February 8 and 9

La Jolla CA— La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) will perform Brahms’ mighty Third Symphony, which manages also to be his most intimate and–some would say–his most beautiful symphony.  It was written nearly six years after he completed his Symphony No. 2, and is thought by many to be among the finest examples of this mighty composer’s symphonic artistry. The concert will open with a robust performance of the Academic Festival Overture, one of the master works that Brahms composed in between his second and third symphonies.

We premiere two commissioned works in this concert: a new piece by emerging Iranian composer Anahita Abbasi, known for her electric and electro-acoustic works; and Michael Pisaro’s Umbra & Penumbra: Concerto for Amplified Percussion, featuring extraordinary percussionist and frequent Pisaro collaborator, Greg Stuart. Pisaro, an American composer affiliated with the Wandelweiser Composer’s ensemble creates works that are often characterized as experimental Minimalism, often utilizing silence, a minimum of musical material, and extended composition durations. Greg Stuart is a percussionist whose work draws upon a mixture of music from the experimental tradition, Wandelweiser, improvisation, and electronics. Since 2006, he has collaborated extensively with the composer Michael Pisaro, producing a large body of music comprised of pieces that focus on the magnification of small sounds through recording and layering, often in combination with field recordings and/or electronic sound.

Anahita Abbasi’s music has been described as a ‘dizzyingly sophisticated reverie, colorful and energetic…’ This new work, entitled Why the trees were murmuring will feature trombonist, Peter Sloan, UCSD graduate student and colleague of Ms. Abbasi. The piece will incorporate multiple extended instrumental techniques for the orchestra and the concept of spatialization will be crucial to the realization of the piece. Eight players will be spatialized throughout the hall, performing from a score that is both realized/notated and improvisatory. Various texts are interspersed throughout, utilizing fragments from poems by Forough Farrokhzad

(translated by Sholeh Wolpé) and Robin Wall Kimmerer.

The performances take place in Mandeville Auditorium at UC San Diego on Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, 2020. 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.