The 53rd season of La Jolla Music Society ends triumphantly
Gigs The 53rd season of La Jolla Music Society ends triumphantly in May and June
Saturday April 16, 20220
The 53rd season of La Jolla Music Society (LJMS) ends triumphantly in May and June. From the Latin and South American-inspired GRAMMY winners like Lila Downs and Arturo Sandoval to the quality children’s programming of the Okee Dokee Brothers, the interactive magic of the Spektral Quartet and the glorious talents of Joffrey Ballet, the world-class Conrad Prebys The Performing Arts Center, Balboa Theater and Civic Theater will host some of the biggest talent featured this season.
May 4, Lila Downs
The Global Roots Series kicks off the Cinco de Mayo celebrations on Wednesday, May 4 with GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY award winner Lila Downs, known for her unique synthesis of Latin American folk, jazz fusion and South American rhythms. This internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter from Oaxaca, Mexico has a compelling stage presence and a poignant storytelling style that transcends all language barriers.
May 7, Okee Dokee Brothers
Speaking of GRAMMYs, the Okee Dokee Brothers are stepping into the Baker-Baum Concert Hall on Saturday, May 7, as part of our popular new ConRAD Kids series.
This American bluegrass/roots duo put their passion for the outdoors at the heart of their children’s music. Five-time Parent’s Choice Award winners, they’ve received accolades from the likes of NPR’s “All Things Considered” and USA Today, and have been called “two of the best family music songwriters.”
May 11, Trey MacLaughlin and The Sounds of Zamar
On Wednesday, May 11, Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar present their soulful arrangements of contemporary gospel and vibrant original at Baker-Baum Concert Hall. McLaughlin and this anointed band are known for their rich harmonies and beautiful blends on their viral videos, which have amassed millions of YouTube followers.
With their expressive vocals and intricate arrangements of contemporary gospel, Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar are one of the brightest and most prolific bands on the gospel scene.
May 14, Joffrey Ballet
LJMS continues its mission of bringing top dance companies to San Diego by bringing the incomparable Chicago-based Joffrey Ballet to the Civic Theater on Saturday, May 14. The jewel in the crown of American dance companies, the Joffrey’s cutting-edge programs showcase the incredible talent of their dancers.
The program includes “Vespertine” by Liam Scarlett and the moving “Under the Trees’ Voices” by ballet master Joffrey Nicolas Blanc. Next, Tony Award winner Justin Peck, who captured international attention last year for his choreography of Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story, brings us “The Times Are Racing,” a “ballet sneaker” that s inspired by a variety of dance styles. styles while matching Dan Deacon’s electronic score with youthful momentum and vigor.
May 15, Behzod Abduraimov
LJMS continues to showcase the greatest young talent in our Piano Series, which concludes Sunday, May 15, with Behzod Abduraimov tackling an ambitious program in the Baker-Baum Concert Hall.
The Uzbek phenom launched his career by winning the London International Piano Competition in 2009 at the age of 18 and made a smooth transition from prodigy to celebrated career musician. He performs frequently in recital at the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at other major opera houses and concert halls in Europe and America.
May 19, Roberto Fonseca
Havana-born and based pianist Roberto Fonseca pays homage to his deep Afro-Cuban roots in two intimate shows at JAI on Thursday, May 19.
Embracing modern music and showing what the future of Cuban music can be, he is hailed as “one of the most exciting musicians on the new Cuban scene” (BBC Music). Fonseca, who has toured the world’s top venues with the Buena Vista Social Club, is known for tearing up the rules of the game, mixing folk sounds with everything from jazz and classical music to rap, funk, reggaeton and electro.
May 26, Spektral Quartet
“Something to Write Home About” is one of the most inventive and interactive programs Spektral Quartet has created. At this ProtoStar Innovative Series concert on Thursday, May 26 in the Baker-Baum Concert Hall, audiences will be invited to join in the creative process by writing five postcards throughout the evening featuring thought-provoking visuals and guest prompts. provocative writing of the quartet.
Writing on personalized postcards showcasing the alluring work of visual artists, viewers become creators alongside the Quartet and reconnect with loved ones in unexpected ways.
June 3, Arturo Sandoval
The final show of the 53rd winter season will take us to a jazzy high on Friday, June 3 in the Baker-Baum Concert Hall with ten-time GRAMMY Award winner Arturo Sandoval, one of the most revered keepers in the jazz trumpet world. and a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.
Whether it’s scorching an Afro-Cuban groove, ripping through a bebop tune, soaring over a Mozart concerto, or soothing with a luscious ballad, he tackles them all with equal power and grace. A protege of the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2013, who called him “one of the greatest players of all time”.
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See you there, San Diego!