La Jolla Music Society Announces Opening Gala Concerts at The Conrad


La Jolla Music Society, one of the West Coast’s premier performing arts institutions, has announced the launch of its highly anticipated and cutting-edge new home, the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center (The Conrad), with three illustrious concerts open on weekends. With ceremonies, performances and receptions Friday through Sunday April 5, 6 and 7, 2019, the variety and caliber of these festivities to celebrate its $82 million, 49,000 square foot resort reflects La Jolla’s invaluable positioning. MusicSociety. in the world of classical music in general, and especially of its immeasurable importance for the programming of the performing arts on an international scale.

Katherine Chapin, Chair of the Board of Trustees, says, “The experience of expanding La Jolla Music Society‘s world-class cultural reputation through the design, development and construction of the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center has been one of the most rewarding challenges for the Board We are deeply grateful to our founding donors, Conrad Prebys and Debra Turner, Stephen Baum and Brenda Baker, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Raffaella and John Belanich, Rita and Richard Atkinson, Betty and Bob Beyster, James F. Beyster, Mary Ann Beyster, Brian and Silvija Devine, Joy Frieman, Peter and Peggy Preuss, and Joseph Tsai and Clara Wu, and to all who share our firm belief that the greater San Diego area is a true leader and essential contributor to the North American artistic landscape. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and outstanding administration of La Jolla Music Society, I am delighted to accomodate you. ue to the Conrad and the next generation in the performing arts the construction of this extraordinary new building will offer Southern California.”

Additionally, the opening of The Conrad coincides with the 50th anniversary of La Jolla Music Society, a testament to previous decades of exceptional programming, and heralding a new era of expanding musical innovation, creative leadership and exemplary artistic collaboration. “We want the venue itself to be a performer,” says interim president David Kitto. “Highlighting the capabilities of the venue is an integral part of the plan.”

Leah Rosenthal, Director of Programming, adds, “The Conrad will be a huge game-changer for La Jolla Music Society. The purpose-built acoustics, extensive technical capabilities and welcoming environment of The Conrad’s multiple performance spaces will allow our audiences to fully immerse themselves in the concert experience.The opening weekend spotlights an eclectic roster of the world’s most sought-after artists, announcing who we are and who we aspire to be in the future.

On April 5, a worldwide phenomenon, violinist Hilary Hahn opens the initial concert on the new stage with the famous pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the ukulele artist Jake Shimabukuro, specialist in jookin, Lil Buck, the venerable Miró Quartet, the creative technologist Osman Koç and a cover celebrating the SummerFest music directors past and present. Audiences will have their first opportunity to experience live music in the acoustics meticulously constructed by sound expert Yasuhisa Toyota of Tokyo-based Nagata Acoustics.

“Working with the La Jolla community and the Music Society has been a great pleasure, as creating this place will help them succeed in enjoying the work of world-class artists in a very intimate environment. The process of this project has formed a bond between us and the community, which we are sure will endure as the building and the community grow together, says Daniel Beckmann, acoustics at the Los Angeles branch of Nagata Acoustics. : “With Epstein Joslin Architects, we collaborated on all aspects of the design of the two rooms – both visible and invisible elements – in order to provide the best result for LJMS. The Baker-Baum Concert Hall occupies the largest volume possible. on site, in order to develop the effective early reflections necessary for clarity as well as the large volume necessary for warmth or acoustic richness, the two ingredients necessary for excellent natural acoustics. In The JAI, a different acoustic aesthetic is put implemented, since the smaller space should mainly accommodate amplified performance. Yet, it has a very high ceiling, nearly 28 feet, which will provide audiences and performers with a comfortable environment in which to make and enjoy music.

The Conrad, which includes two performance venues – the Baker-Baum Concert Hall (513 seats) and the JAI, a 2,000 square foot multi-purpose space, was designed by Epstein architects Joslin, whose other work in the performing arts includes Seiji Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood, Strathmore Music Center in Baltimore, Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA, and many others. “The Conrad is a cultural village for the San Diego community – where an intimate world-class concert hall, flexible performance space and rehearsal space cluster around a garden courtyard and raised open trellises, allowing patrons and performers at various events to mingle with each other, experience amusements, refreshments, education and camaraderie that enhance the experience of their shared love of the arts and the natural surroundings of La Jolla,” says lead architect, Alan Joslin.

Friday, April 5, 2019
Debbie Turner, Jubilee Chair

5:30 p.m. Welcome reception
7:30 p.m. Opening Ceremony of the Baker-Baum Concert Hall
8:00 p.m. Gala performance in the Baker-Baum Concert Hall

Hilary Hahn, violin
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele
Lil Buck, dancer
Osman Koç, creative technologist
Miro Quartet
Inon Barnatan, piano and musical director of SummerFest
Cho-Liang Lin, violin and former musical director of SummerFest
David Finckel, cello and former musical director of SummerFest
Wu Han, piano and former musical director of SummerFest
Heiichiro Ohyama, viola and former musical director of SummerFest

Expect an eclectic mix of music from JS Bach to Brahms, and Chopin to the Beatles, and more, plus the world premiere of a new work by four-time Grammy winner Lalo Schifrin, screened live by technologist Osman Koç.

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Sheryl Scarano, Jubilee President

6:30 p.m. Festivities in the Wu Tsai QRT.yrd
8:00 p.m. Performance by Seal
The Baker Baum Concert Hall
10:00 p.m. Private post-concert reception

A four-time Grammy winner and 15-time Grammy nominee, Seal will perform an evening of his greatest hits, as well as songs from his 2019 Grammy-nominated album Standards. British soul legend Seal’s new album reawakens old Hollywood glamor – combining his unique voice with some of the greatest jazz standards and swing classics ever written. An artist who has been at the top of his game throughout his 30-year career, Seal’s 10th studio album brings iconic hits to life, paying homage to legends such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. During his incredible career, the famous singer-songwriter has sold over 50 million albums worldwide. Now his iconic vocals take on timeless songs with a collection of stunning versions of standards ranging from “Luck Be A Lady” to “It Was A Very Good Year.”

Sunday, April 7, 2019
Susan Hoehn, Jubilee President

5:00 p.m. Reception on the Belanich Terrance at the Conrad
6:00 p.m. Sit-down dinner in the Wu Tsai QRT.yrd
8:00 p.m. Jazz concert at the JAI with The Hot Sardines

The Hot Sardines perform songs from their new album French Fries & Champagne, channeling New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets and New Orleans jazz venues.


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