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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Facing-off Across Sunset Boulevard

Sunday, May 6th, 2018 2:00 pm

Mandeville Auditorium

For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Event Program (PDF)

Sameer Patel, guest conductor

Arnold Schoenberg - Five Pieces for Orchestra
Olivier Messiaen - Un Sourire
Toru Takemitsu - A Flock Descends Into the Pentagonal Garden
Hannah Lash - Eating Flowers
Igor Stravinsky - Symphony in Three Movements
The twin towering figures of the first half of the 20th century were Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg, separated by compositional method, aesthetic direction, and personal style. Nevertheless, they found themselves in Los Angeles at the same time, two great composers in the flood of expatriates driven from Europe by Nazism. “This scene may never have happened,” muses Steven Schick, “but I have often imagined them on opposite sides of Sunset Boulevard (for a while the two lived near each other not far from the Whisky a go go) facing off across the traffic the way they had done across the chasm of artistic difference in Europe.” Three fascinating composers, each indebted in important ways to Stravinsky and Schoenberg, complete the tableau. Sameer Patel (pictured), Associate Conductor for San Diego Symphony, guest conducts.

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