La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest will bring “Influence”, “Synergy” and more

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The Jolla Music Society has announced the performances for SummerFest 2022, a series of return concerts at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla from July 29 through August 26.

Music Director Inon Barnatan has created a program called ‘Under the Influence’ which explores the muses who have inspired some of music’s greatest composers.

Twenty of the artists and six of the ensembles performing at SummerFest 2022 are making their La Jolla Music Society debuts, including Grammy Award-winning countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo.

Grammy Award-winning operatic countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo will perform with jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant on Thursday, August 18 during SummerFest.

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Costanzo arrives at SummerFest fresh off his return to the title role in Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten” at the Metropolitan Opera, a production that rocketed him to international stardom in 2019 and won the Grammy for Best Opera Recording in 2022.

Barnatan is also bringing back the “Synergy Series,” which this summer will feature collaborations between jazz musicians, opera stars, dancers and choreographers “in a truly unique and exciting week of immersive events,” it said. he said in a statement. As part of Synergy, Costanzo will appear with Grammy-winning jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant to celebrate the music of Kurt Weill.

Grammy-winning jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant will perform on August 18 with Anthony Roth Costanzo.

Grammy-winning jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant’s August 18 appearance with operatic countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo will celebrate the music of Kurt Weill.

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“I’m also thrilled that one of today’s most exciting female composers, Caroline Shaw – the youngest composer to win a Pulitzer Prize and a music superstar – is joining us as Composer-in-Residence. “, Barnatan said.

Caroline Shaw will be hosting a “Takeover @ The JAI” concert on Wednesday, August 24 in La Jolla as part of SummerFest.

Caroline Shaw, who in 2013 at age 30 became the youngest composer to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music, will host a “Takeover @ The JAI” concert on Wednesday, August 24 in La Jolla as part of SummerFest.

(Courtesy of La Jolla Music Society)

In addition to presenting his new work, co-commissioned by LJMS, Shaw will host a “Takeover @ The JAI” concert and join as a performer at several concerts, Barnatan said.

La Jolla Music Society Scholars, who are selected from around the world through a rigorous application process, will join world-class artists in performances to help their development.

2022 Summer Festival

Where: Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla. All concerts take place in the Baker-Baum Concert Hall, unless otherwise stated.

Program:

• Friday July 29: “Side by Side”, 7:30 p.m., music by Chopin-Franchomme, Brahms, Bacewicz and Czerny. (Prelude at 6:30 p.m. with an interview with La Jolla Music Society Music Director Inon Barnatan, hosted by LJMS Artistic Director Leah Rosenthal on The JAI.)

• Saturday July 30: “Point Counterpoint”, 7:30 p.m., music by Valentini, Haydn, Steve Reich, Mozart and Elgar. (Prelude at 6:30 p.m. with a lecture by Kristi Brown Montesano in The JAI.)

• Sunday July 31: “Beyond Bach”, 3 p.m., music by Falconieri, JS Bach, CPE Bach, Biber, Rodericus and Vivaldi. (Prelude at 2 p.m. with conference at JAI.)

• Wednesday August 3: “Under Influence: Shakespeare’s World”, 7 p.m., music by Purcell, Schubert, Quilter, Vaughn Williams, Rautavaara, Dale, Korngold and Beethoven. (Prelude at 6 p.m. with the Pelia Quartet at the Baker-Baum Concert Hall.)

• Friday August 5: “A weekend in Paris: The salon and the masquerade”, 7:30 p.m., music by Debussy, Chopin, Poulenc,
Fauré, Duparc, Chabrier, Caplet, Ravel and Sarasate. (Prelude at 6:30 p.m. with a conference at JAI.)

• Saturday August 6: “A weekend in Paris: The Conservatory”, 7:30 p.m., music by Debussy, Boulanger, Franck, Messiaen and
Faure. (Prelude at 6:30 p.m. with the Trio Aestas at the Baker-Baum Concert Hall.)

• Sunday August 7: “A weekend in Paris: begging, borrowing and stealing”, 3 p.m., music by Couperin, Milhaud, Saint-Saëns and Schumann. (Prelude at 2 p.m. with conference at JAI.)

• Wednesday August 10: “Under the Influence: ‘The Four Seasons’ by Vivaldi”, 7 p.m., music by Barrière and Vivaldi. (Prelude at 6 p.m. with the Trio Aestas at the Baker-Baum Concert Hall.)

• Friday August 12: “The New Romantics”, 7:30 p.m., music by Schubert, Marc-André Hamelin and Dvořák. (Prelude at 6:30 p.m. with a talk by Alex Ross in The JAI.)

• Saturday August 13: Gala SummerFest, 5 p.m., performances by Marc-André Hamelin, Dover Quartet, Stefan Jackiw and Inon Barnatan

• Sunday August 14: “The Wagner Effect”, 3 p.m., music by Strauss, Berg, Wagner, Liszt and Dohnányi. (Prelude at 2 p.m. with the Pelia Quartet at the Baker-Baum Concert Hall.)

• Wednesday August 17: “Synergy: Under the Influence,” 7 p.m., featuring jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. (Prelude at 6 p.m. in Le JAI.)

• Thursday August 18: “Synergy: An Evening of Kurt Weill,” 7:30 p.m., with operatic countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant with pianist Sullivan Fortner

• Saturday August 20: “Synergy: The Planets,” 6 and 8 p.m., music by Holst, featuring the Knights with Dance Heginbotham, The JAI

• Sunday August 21: “Synergy: The Planets,” 3 and 5 p.m., music by Holst, featuring the Knights with Dance Heginbotham, The JAI

• Wednesday August 24: “Under the Influence: Miró Quartet”, music by Caroline Shaw and Mendelssohn, 7 p.m.

• Wednesday August 24: “Takeover @ The JAI” with Caroline Shaw, 8:30 p.m.

• Thursday August 25: “New Wine, Old Bottles”, 7:30 p.m., music by Francaix, Chris Rogerson and Brahms. (Prelude at 6:30 p.m. with the Trio Aestas at the Baker-Baum Concert Hall.)

• Friday August 26: “Metamorphosis”, 7:30 p.m., music by Strauss-Hasenöhrl, Strauss and Schubert. (Prelude at 6:30 p.m. with the Pelia Quartet at the Baker-Baum Concert Hall.)

Cost: Single tickets, $45 to $110; subscriptions, $1,120 to $1,289 for the 15 concerts at the Baker-Baum concert hall. Partial subscriptions and build-your-own packages are also available.

Tickets and information: Jolla Music Society Box Office, 7600 Fay Ave.; (858) 459-3728; ljms.org/summerfest. Artists, concerts, dates and locations are subject to change. ◆

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