La Jolla SummerFest announces 2019 programme under new musical director Inon Barnatan



La Jolla Music Society has released the full programme for its 34th SummerFest, under the new musical direction of internationally acclaimed pianist Inon Barnatan.

Centring around a theme of “transformation”, the 2019 programme explores the evolution of music from early Baroque to the present-day and looks at how composers draw on one another for their own works. The opening night on 2 August features Inon performing his Time Traveler’s Suite, a selection of movements from different works spanning four centuries that are performed side by side in the form of a Baroque suite.

The festival features three main series: Synergy Series, performances which explore the relationship between classical and jazz, as well as music’s relationship with other artforms such as dance and art; Takeover @ The JAI, alternative performances which fuse music and technology; and Beethoven’s Complete String Quartets, all 16 of which are performed across the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

In celebration of the Jolla Music Society’s 50th anniversary, this year also saw the opening of the organisation’s new $82 million concert venue, the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. This houses the spectacular 500-seat Baker-Baum Concert Hall which will be home to many of the concerts taking place during SummerFest 2019.

A note from Inon:

“SummerFest has been one of my very favorite festivals since the first time I attended, so it’s a huge honor to come back this year as Music Director. I’m particularly excited about having the chance to explore a single theme over the course of the festival, and I’ve chosen the theme of transformation. He continues, Artistic transformation sometimes comes about suddenly, through violent revolutions that force artists to create radical new ideas from the ashes. But it can also come about more organically, through evolution. Here at La Jolla, surrounded by musical family and natural beauty, we are in the perfect position to celebrate the peaceful evolutionary process, by which new artistic ideas are achieved by building and expanding on older ones. I hope that each concert can be experienced as something of a journey, and that the festival as a whole can be experienced as a larger, overarching journey of transformation.” from Broadway World, 16 Apr 2019

Artists who will appear at La Jolla SummerFest 2019 include Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan, American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and Irish tenor Robin Tritschler.

Find out more and view the full programme on the La Jolla Music Society website.

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