America is focus of upcoming concert

LA JOLLA —The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus presents a concert of perspectives on and about America at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 and 1 p.m. Feb. 7 in Mandeville Auditorium at UCSD. Individual tickets are $29 general, $26 senior, and $15 student. Group discounts are available. Parking is free. A pre-concert lecture is offered one hour prior to concert times. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the LJS&C at (858) 534-4637 or visit www.lajollasymphony.com.
The concert will include Charles Ives’ “Three Places in New England,” Lou Harrison’s “Concerto for Pipa & String Orchestra” with soloist Wu Man on pipa (Chinese lute), and Antonin Dvořák’s “Symphony No. 9 in E minor.” La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Music Director Steven Schick conducts.
“One of the salient points about this concert is the idea of a “shrinking world,” Schick said. “We start the program with a piece by Charles Ives, the grandfather of American composition. Lou Harrison worked with Ives, but his path led towards the musical structures of Asia. In one of the last pieces before his death he sought out Wu Man and created Chinese music — not as it would have or could have been heard in China, but really the music of Chinese-Americans. We conclude with the piece Dvorak wrote about his time in America.”
The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, San Diego’s oldest and largest community orchestra and chorus, is a nonprofit musical performing group dedicated to inspiring San Diego with the joy of music. Its 110-person orchestra and 130-voice chorus perform groundbreaking orchestral and choral music along with traditional favorites from the classical repertoire. During the 55th season, maestro Steven Schick shares the podium with David Chase, choral director.

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