Category: Concerts and Performances

  • The Uplifting Performance of “Still We Rise”

    When UC San Diego music professor emeritus Cecil Lytle plays the piano, you can’t help but pay attention. His commanding figure is a sharp contrast to his elegance and poise. He’s been called a renaissance man for his innovative work, which is on display in his latest concert “Still We Rise.” The program features music […]

  • La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, Virtually

    Rooted in San Diego for over 60 years, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus presents concerts of ground-breaking, traditional and contemporary classical music. UCTV has had the privilege of partnering with LJS&C for over twenty-five years. While we had hoped to record the first concert of the new season at UC San Diego’s Mandeville Auditorium […]

  • SoCal Mexican Roots Rock and Soul Band

    Grammy Award-winning group La Santa Cecilia, named for the patron saint of music, is composed of accordionist and requinto player Jose ‘Pepe’ Carlos, bassist Alex Bendaña, percussionist Miguel ‘Oso’ Ramirez, and vocalist ‘La Marisoul.’ They were raised here fully bilingual and bicultural. They are dedicated to voicing the experience of a new bicultural generation in […]

  • The Intimate and the Cosmic

    La Jolla Symphony and Chorus’ December 2019 concert is comprised of three pieces that seem disparate at first glance: the premiere of Celeste Oram’s “a loose affiliation of alleluias,” Robert Schumann’s “Violin Concerto in D Minor,” and John Adams’ “Harmonium.” As LJS&C’s Music Director and Conductor Steven Schick points out, however different these compositions are […]

  • Creative Spirits

    La Jolla Symphony and Chorus is known for mixing favorites from the standard repertoire with the new, the unfamiliar, and the undeservedly overlooked. The November 2019 concert, the first of the 2019/2020 season, continues this tradition with works by Giaochino Rossini, Florence Price, and Bela Bartok. Rossini’s Overture to William Tell (1829) is familiar to […]

  • Giving Back

    La Jolla Symphony & Chorus kicks off its 2019/2020 season in traditional fashion with the annual Young People’s Concert. Conductor Steven Schick notes that this free concert is one means for the Symphony to give back to the community, with the added goal of encouraging an interest in music among children (and perhaps their parents, […]

  • War and Reflection

    June 2019 marks the centenary of the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I after five years of brutal conflict. In recognition of this epochal event La Jolla Symphony & Chorus’ 64th season, “Lineage: A Memory Project,” draws to a fitting conclusion with a program built around the composers and soldiers of the Great […]

  • The Little Symphony in F

    “Light-hearted” is not a word one normally applies to works by Ludwig van Beethoven, but it perfectly suits his Symphony No. 8. Falling between the exultant Seventh and the monumental Ninth, Beethoven’s “little symphony in F” seems out of place. It is the shortest of his symphonies and the one that most closely follows standard […]

  • Contrast and Concordance

    In his program notes for the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus concert entitled “Bernstein Centennial,” conductor Steven Schick notes that: At first glance, this concert program seems like a straightforward juxtaposition of light and dark: we have Leonard Bernstein’s magnificent Kaddish —his prayer for the dead— and, on the other hand, Beethoven’s genial Eighth Symphony. […]

  • In Search of Unique Sounds

    “For myself, tone color, texture and ‘unique sounds’ (growls, double buzzes etc.) …can be every bit as musical as harmonic expression can be, and ultimately I hope to meld [them] together hand and hand.” – Stephanie Richards Trumpeter Stephanie Richards has performed and/or recorded with such luminaries as Henry Threadgill, John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Butch […]