The Jolla Music Society announced on Monday that it was postponing its annual SummerFest, with much of this year’s programming being postponed to 2021.
This year’s Self + Sound-themed festival was scheduled to feature 18 concerts over a three-week period from July 31 to August 21.
A truncated version of the annual event will take place in late August, but organizers say they’re trying to keep the original 2020 lineup intact and move it to next summer instead.
In an email sent on Monday, which included a videotaped message, SummerFest Music Director Inon Barnatan said: âUnfortunately, we cannot present the festival to you this summer as originally planned. However, we are still committed to bringing you live music this summer. “
Barnatan continued, âAt the beginning of June we will be announcing the revised and shortened program for SummerFest, which will be held at the end of August. Our hope is to be able to safely host a live audience at The Conrad, in addition to showing the performances of the Baker-Baum Concert Hall. “
“Music has always brought hope and comfort in times of crisis,” he told Union-Tribune. âPlaying music live while safeguarding the health and safety of our audience and our performers is a challenge that I believe we can and must respond to with sensitivity, flexibility and creativity. We are fortunate that our state-of-the-art performance center, The Conrad, has two stellar indoor facilities, The Baker-Baum Concert Hall and The JAI, as well as The Wu Tsai QRT.courtyard, which is an exceptional outdoor space that we can use for events. We have the physical and technological means to bring top quality performance and a sense of community to musicians and music lovers, whether we are in the hall together or not.
Barnatan joined the team last year, taking the helm of the annual summer music festival as the organization embarked on a new chapter with the opening of its $ 82 million Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. .
âWe were all looking forward to the program and the artists (this year),â said Barnatan, âso we’re happy to say that they haven’t been dropped, but will be recreated for SummerFest 2021. We will try to preserve as many festivals planned as we can.
In March, Barnatan announced this year’s theme and line-up, which included a roster of 88 star performers, including cellist Alisa Weilerstein, violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist / composer Conrad Tao.
Barnatan, an acclaimed Israeli-American pianist, had big plans to showcase musical diversity at the now postponed festival this year.
“The idea of ââ’Self + Sound’ – and the way a composer writes himself in his music and how we are reflected in the music – is something that I find fascinating”, Barnatan, who must have played on the piano at eight of the SummerFest concerts, said in March.
For more information and updates, visit ljms.org/summerfest.