The San Diego Symphony Announces 3rd Annual January Festival

Jacobs Music Center Hosts Upcoming San Diego Symphony Season

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The San Diego Symphony has announced its 3rd Annual January Festival, to take place at The Jacobs Music Center in January 2018. This year’s theme is time in music, yielding the title, “It’s About Time: A Festival of Rhythm, Sound, and Place.” The festival will explore the world of percussion and is curated by UCSD professor and percussionist, Steve Schick, who will also be making his conducting debut at the event. The month-long festival features multiple performances and events, including one from a bi-national percussion group of more than 50 players from both the United States and Mexico.

In addition to the festival, the Symphony has also released its 2017-18 season. The vibrant and rich schedule includes an array of orchestral compositions, 14 new artists making their debut with the San Diego Symphony, and plenty of pop culture and family events to fill out the calendar. The Jacobs Masterworks series will feature fourteen pieces––all new to the San Diego Symphony stage––and includes eleven guest conductors throughout the season. Guest conductor Edo de Waart will return to the San Diego Symphony to open and close the series.

One of those new compositions is a violin concerto by Adam Schoenberg, which will make its world premiere in San Diego on February 10th and 11th. The piece will be played by the symphony’s violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, who originally commissioned the work. Schoenberg is a widely popular composer, and was recently named one of the top ten most performed living classical composers by orchestras in the U.S.

The seasons includes an entire night dedicated to Tchaikovsky and a piano performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, which is widely considered to be one of the most technically challenging pieces in classical music. But that’s just in the Jacobs Masterworks Series––The San Diego Symphony has also announced its City Lights, Jazz at The Jacobs, and Fox Theater Film Series upcoming seasons.

City Lights is known for its popular works from American songbooks and Broadway musicals. This year will feature Tony award-winning and Emmy award-winning performer Audra McDonald. McDonald is known for her theatrical roles in A Raisin in the Sun, Ragtime, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, but has also acted in the blockbuster films Ricki and The Flash, starring Merryl Streep, and the 2017 release of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson. McDonald will perform a special concert next May alongside the San Diego Symphony as one of the stage’s new artists.

Opposite the classical side of the Masterworks series is the Fox Theater Film Series. For fans of pop culture and popular film especially, the film series is a season not to miss. Following a widely successful first year, the Fox Theater returns to screen a series of movies with a special musical performance of each film’s score by The San Diego Symphony. This season will include screening of all eight Harry Potter films, as well as Disney-Pixar’s Ratatouille and the winter classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, among others. This is the perfect event for newcomers to the symphony who are perhaps not as familiar with classical works, or those who are interested in the modern compositions in film scores. It’s also a great opportunity to bring kids for an experience in live orchestra and film.

While the Fox Theater Film Series is a great place for kids to start, another excellent primer to the symphony is the Family Concert series. The symphony introduces younger audiences to this cultural experience with fairy tales brought to life, holiday fanfare and a musical journey through time and place to study the rhythm of music around the world. Plus, kids and adults alike can explore the making of a masterpiece in Tchaikovsky Deconstructed this season. Here the Symphony works with the San Diego Junior Theater to explore the famous 1812 Overture.

The upcoming season at the symphony is truly brimming with life, and blends classical greats like Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, with modern work from Adam Schoenberg and jazz artist Wynton Marsalis (whose violin concerto will be performed in October), with flair. The excitement begins this October with events extending through next May. If you can’t wait (and we don’t blame you!), get started early at Bayside Summer Nights, where the symphony and esteemed guests like Tony Bennett and Wynonna Judd perform live at the Embarcadero Marina Park. Soak in the sunset, sea breeze, and spectacular music as accompanied by various artists and films, all while basking by the bay. Subscriptions for the whole summer, as well as the upcoming symphony season, are on sale now. Single tickets will be available in May for Bayside Summer Nights, and August for the upcoming season.

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