La Jolla CA— We are calling our 2021-2022 season, “Horizon.” As we emerge from the murky months of the COVID-19 pandemic, we in the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus are drawn again to the power of music as a tool of healing and illumination. In that light, we have designed “Horizon,” our 2021-2022 season toward reflecting the welter of complex emotions in this time. We are grateful. We are mournful. We will rise again. We will make music again.
Considering current COVID conditions and UCSD campus restrictions, we have revised our opening concert plan. Under current guidelines we will rehearse this program on campus and perform without audience in Mandeville. We will record and stream the performance for safe, online, distribution to our patrons. The primary goal of this concert is to gather as many of the players of the full orchestra in a safe environment for indoor performance, even if they may not all play together as a group. We will feature three parts, representing the various orchestral instrument families – brass, winds, and strings:
La Jolla Symphony Brass
- William Byrd: The Earl of Oxford’s March
- Gabrieli: Canzoni in Echo
- Tielman Susato: Pavane Bataille
La Jolla Symphony Winds
- Mozart: Serenade for Winds in C-Minor; K388
La Jolla Symphony Strings
- Barber: Adagio for Strings
- Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
From here we hope to be able to return to live rehearsals and performances in December. We look forward to the staples of our season, the Nee Commission by Anthony Vine and by Young Artist winner Pearl de la Motte, performing Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Concerto. One of our favorite concerts is a bit of a departure for us—the celebration of American folk song through orchestral arrangements from the Lomax catalogue. John and Alan Lomax, father and son ethnomusicologists made more than 10,000 field recordings of American folk music, which have been central in preserving our folk heritage. We will perform a handful of those pieces, arranged by Max Wolpert, with the terrific Jayme Stone and “Folklife” paired with orchestral music by Copland and Walker. Finally, America for so many of us is as much an idea as it is a place. It beckons us towards our better selves and has given hope to generations of immigrants. America was indeed on the horizon for Béla Bartók and Gustav Mahler in the years before they emigrated from Europe. We celebrate the incubation of the American ideal in their music through performances of Bartók’s First Violin Concerto, welcoming back the brilliant David Bowlin as soloist. And, now more than ever, we crave the message of rebirth in Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, which we will perform in June.
This is music for all who have emerged from the past months with a greater love for friends and family and a more fervent commitment to community and art. This is music for all who look longingly into the distance and in acts of faith both large and small begin to walk toward the beckoning horizon.
Please join us for “Horizon”, the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus’s 2021-2022 season.
To purchase tickets or for more information, go to www.lajollasymphony.com, call 858-534-4637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.