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The La Jolla Symphony presents the North American premiere of Philip Glass' Cello Concerto. In addition to the dynamic performance, this program features comments from renowned cellist Wendy Sutter, conductor Steven Schick, and the composer himself.

Four original compositions by percussionist Stewart Copeland, best known as drummer for superstar rock band The Police. Works performed include the world premiere of "Retail Therapy: La Jolla," commissioned for SummerFest 2009 by the La Jolla Music Society.

SummerFest's long tradition of showcasing new works continues, with stimulating pieces by American composers Gabriel Kahane, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Aaron Jay Kernis, and French composer Marc-Andre Dalbavie.

The essence of the classical form resides in the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms, as interpreted in this concert by a gathering of renowned musicians at the La Jolla Music Society 2014 SummerFest.

After working in relative obscurity during his lifetime, forty years after his untimely death Franz Schubert was recognized as one of the colossal creative forces in music. In this presentation a distinguished group of musicians performs Schubert's "String Quintet in C Major," one of the greatest achievements in the chamber music form.

The fate of Ariadne, who helped Theseus to overcome the Minotaur and was abandoned by him on the island of Naxos, was an inspiration for numerous works of both visual and performing arts. Haydn took the myth as the subject of his cantata, composed in 1791. Recorded on 8/19/2014.

Jacqueline Rose, University of London, examines the film Niagara, its star Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood, and what Rose terms the "loving cruelty of cinema in relation to women." Rose is welcomed to UCSB by Professor of Film and Media Studies Constance Penley. Niagara is a unique specimen of baroque Technicolor film noir, starring Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten. The film tells the story of a pair of couples at Niagara Falls -- one honeymooning, the other disintegrating -- and explores desire, insanity, and the drive toward fatal attraction. Recorded on 10/20/2015.

Students, administrators and academic researchers demonstrate the value of learning music in school as they show improvements in English and Math test scores, class attendance rates, cognitive development, self-esteem and the ability to work with others. Featured are Francisco Escobedo, the superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District; UC San Diego cognitive scientists Terry Jernigan and John Iversen; and young musicians participating in the Community Opus Project, an in-school and after school music program led by Dalouge Smith, the president and CEO of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory.

Conductor Steven Schick and the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus perform music composed in mid-life, a time when the exuberance of youth begins to transform into the reflections and measured responses of mature adulthood. Each of the three composers represented managed to retain some of that youthful vitality, though expressed within the kind of disciplined structure and mastery of craft that results from experience. Recorded on 2/12/2007.

In "Pictures and Snapshots," La Jolla Symphony offers an eclectic program that mixes old with new and newer. Flutist Carols Aguilar shines in Carl Nielsen's virtuosic yet playful "Concerto for Flute and Orchestra;" Vivian Fung's evocative "Biennale Snapshots" receives its U.S. premiere accompanied by Tina Tallow's original video; and the concert concludes with that perennial favorite by Modest Mussorgsky, "Pictures at an Exhibition," in the popular version orchestrated by Maurice Ravel. Recorded on 5/7/2017.
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