Music Recommendation: UNDER THE INFLUENCE (SummerFest 2022, La Jolla Music Society)

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by Tony Frankel on March 20, 2022

in Dance,Music,Theater-San Diego


As an Angelino, I have many of the greatest music programs to choose from weekly. Yet even with the plethora of professionals here, I still find myself venturing down to see what La Jolla Music Society has going in the San Diego area. Under Music Director Inon Barnatan, the selections of music, dance always surprises me. Now, for SummerFest 2022  (July 29 – August 26, 2022), Barnatan has created an awesomely diverse program, Under the Influence, which explores “the muses that seduced and inspired some of the greatest composers in musical history.” Whether reveling in Wagner and J.S. Bach, traveling to the salons of Paris, experiencing the sins and merry pranks of Kurt Weill and Strauss, or “genre-defying” opera stars, dancers, and jazz luminaries, you are guaranteed the world’s best performers in a stunning location. New this year is an intermission-free Wednesday series that brings you into the worlds of Shakespeare, Vivaldi, and more followed by a social and culinary experience in the Courtyard.

And may I ask where else you will find international superstar countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo in his debut with LJMS with this century’s greatest jazz chanteuse, Cécile McLorin Salvant, celebrating the music of Kurt Weill?! And how about Garrick Ohlsson, Augustin Hadelich, Liza Ferschtman, Marc-André Hamelin, Caroline Shaw, Carter Brey, Joyce Yang, and the Dover and Miró Quartets, just to name a few.

I agree with LJMS’s President and CEO Todd Schultz, who says “Nothing quite compares to hearing chamber music as it was intended — in an intimate setting, with exquisite acoustics and featuring artists who play with sensitivity, personality and exceptional skill.”

La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2022
Inon Barnatan, Music Director
the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla
all concerts are in The Baker-Baum Concert Hall unless otherwise noted.
for SummerFest subscriptions, call 858.459.3728, or visit LJMS. (single tix available April 29)

SummerFest Opening Night: Side by Side
Friday, July 29 · 7:30 PM

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV et al.           Variations in A Major on a Russian Theme
CHOPIN-FRANCHOMME            Grand Duo Concertant on Themes from Robert le Diable
BRAHMS                                           Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56b
BACEWICZ                                       Quartet for Four Violins
CZERNY                                            Quatuor Concertant No.1, Op. 230
(Quartet for Four Pianos)

Point Counterpoint
Saturday, July 30 · 7:30 PM

VALENTINI                                      Sonata for Two String Quartets and Bass, “EnHarmonic
HAYDN                                              String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20, No. 5
STEVE REICH                                  New York Counterpoint
MOZART Arr. BUSONI                  Fantasy in F Minor for Two Pianos, K.608
ELGAR                                               Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84

Beyond Bach
Sunday, July 31 · 3:00 PM

FALCONIERI                                     Chaconne in G Major                                               
J.S. BACH                                           Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins and Strin
s, BWV 1043
C.P.E BACH                                       Cello Concerto in A Major
BIBER                                                 Battalia à 10
VIVALDI                                            Violin Concerto in D Major, RV 230 “Grosso Mogul”                    

Under the Influence: Shakespeare’s World
Wednesday, August 3 · 7:00 PM

PURCELL                                          Fantasia upon one note; other Fantasias; If Musick
KORNGOLD                                     Suite from Much Ado About Nothing, Op. 11
BEETHOVEN                                   Piano Trio in D Major, Opus 70, No. 1 Ghost
A Selection of Songs by VAUGHN WILLIAMS, SCHUBERT and QUILTER inspired by Shakespeare

A Weekend in Paris: The Salon and The Masquerade
Friday, August 5 · 7:30 PM

DEBUSSY                                          Petite Suite, for Two Pianos
CHOPIN                                            Nocturnes, Op. 62                
CAPLET                                             Conte Fantastique
RAVEL                                               La Valse for Two Pianos
SARASATE                                       Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen, Op. 25
A Selection of Songs by POULENC, FAURÉ, and DUPARC

A Weekend in Paris: Le Conservatoire
Saturday, August 6 · 7:30 PM

DEBUSSY                                          Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane
L. BOULANGER                              Nocturne
FRANCK                                            Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano
MESSIAEN                                       Theme and Variations
FAURÉ                                               Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 15

A Weekend in Paris: Beg, Borrow and Steal
Sunday, August 7 · 3:00 PM

COUPERIN                                       L’Apothéose de Corelli
MILHAUD                                        Suite for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano
SAINT-SAËNS                                 Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 65
SCHUMANN                                    Six Canonic Études, Op. 56 (arr. Debussy)
RAVEL                                               Piano Trio in A Minor

Under the Influence: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
Wednesday, August 10 · 7:00 PM

VIVALDI                                            The Four Seasons 

The New Romantics
Friday, August 12 · 7:30 PM

SCHUBERT                                       Quartettsatz, D.703
MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN            Piano Quintet: Premiere of full version
DVOŘÁK                                            Piano Trio in F Minor, Op. 65

Saturday, August 13 

The Wagner Effect
Sunday, August 14 · 3:00 PM

STRAUSS                                           Sextet from Capriccio
BERG                                                  Piano Sonata, Op. 1 (arr. Müller)
WAGNER/LISZT                             Isolde’s Liebestod
LISZT                                                 At The Grave of Richard Wagner
DOHNÁNYI                                      Sextet in C Major, Op. 37

Synergy Series: Under the Influence: Cécile McLorin Salvant Quintet
Wednesday, August 17 · 7:00 PM

Synergy Series: An Evening of Kurt Weill
Thursday, August 18 · 7:30 PM

Featuring Antony Roth Costanzo and Cécile McLorin Salvant

Synergy Series: The Planets, featuring The Knights and Dance Heginbotham
Saturday, August 20 · 6:00 PM & 8:00 PM · The JAI

Sunday, August 21 · 3:00 PM & 5:00 PM · The JAI

Gustav Holst’s masterpiece The Planets comes to life in an immersive music, dance, and theatre event.

HOLST                                               The Planets, Op. 32

Under the Influence: Miró Quartet
Wednesday, August 24 · 7:00 PM 

CAROLINE SHAW                           Microfictions (commissioned work)
MENDELSSOHN                              String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 87

Takeover @ The JAI with Caroline Shaw
Wednesday, August 24 · 8:30 PM · The JAI

As the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in music, composer Caroline Shaw strives to create intricate soundscapes and lush aural worlds that have never been heard before but have always existed. Program to be curated by Caroline Shaw.

New Wine, Old Bottles
Thursday, August 25 · 7:30 PM

FRANÇAIX                                        Octet
CHRIS ROGERSON                        New commissioned work
BRAHMS                                           Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 115

SummerFest Finale: Metamorphosis
Friday, August 26 · 7:30 PM

STRAUSS-HASENÖHRL                Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders!
STRAUSS                                            Metamorphosen
SCHUBERT                                        String Quartet in D Minor, D.810
                                                              Death and the Maiden (arr. Mahler)

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