Department of Music Concert Calendar

Most Department of Music concerts are general admission, FREE and open to the public.  Ticketed performances are listed below and available for sale online or via the Music Box Office: (858) 534-3448. 

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PLEASE NOTE: NO LATE SEATING.  Guests arriving late may be turned away or will be asked to enter between pieces.

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Young People's Concert
Friday, October 28th, 2016
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music Steven Schick will conduct the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' annual Young People’s Concert, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla. Schick will lead attendees through an enlightening and entertaining performance of select excerpts of the opening concert, with commentary from the podium. Reservations are required.

Call (858) 534-4637 or register at Eventbrite.com for this event.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Saturday, October 29th, 2016
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music and La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Music Director Steven Schick will conduct performances of the following pieces:

  • Aeriality by Anna Thorvaldsdottir (2010-11)
  • Le Poème de l’extase by Alexander Scriabin (1905-08)
  • Lachrimae  by Bryce Dessner (2012)
  • Symphony No. 5  by Ludwig van Beethoven (1804-08)

The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' 62nd season samples music that composers wrote at the rich midpoint of their careers. In many cases, these works acted as pivots and became jumping-off points for new arcs of musical development in the composers' later years. The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus opens the season with what may be the most famous music ever written, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, premiered when its composer was 38. The classic monumentality of No. 5 contrasts sharply with the steamy sensuality of Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy, composed when Scriabin was 36. In more recent years, Thorvaldsdottir and Dessner similarly sketched colorful accounts of newer musical landscapes.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Sunday, October 30th, 2016
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music and La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Music Director Steven Schick will conduct performances of the following pieces:

  • Aeriality by Anna Thorvaldsdottir (2010-11)
  • Le Poème de l’extase by Alexander Scriabin (1905-08)
  • Lachrimae  by Bryce Dessner (2012)
  • Symphony No. 5  by Ludwig van Beethoven (1804-08)

The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' 62nd season samples music that composers wrote at the rich midpoint of their careers. In many cases, these works acted as pivots and became jumping-off points for new arcs of musical development in the composers' later years. The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus opens the season with what may be the most famous music ever written, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, premiered when its composer was 38. The classic monumentality of No. 5 contrasts sharply with the steamy sensuality of Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy, composed when Scriabin was 36. In more recent years, Thorvaldsdottir and Dessner similarly sketched colorful accounts of newer musical landscapes.


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UC San Diego Gospel Choir
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Directed by Ken Anderson, the UC San Diego Gospel Choir combines hundreds of voices to fill Mandeville Auditorium with the uplifting sound of African American spirituals, blues, traditional songs and gospel.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music and La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Music Director Steven Schick will conduct performances of the following pieces:

  • Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky (1930)
  • new true mirrors, furrowed, flooded, extended quite far by Kevin Zhang (2016)
  • In the Midst of Flux by Gity Razaz (2013)
  • Symphony No. 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1808)

This performance will feature classical and neo-classical compositions that demonstrate two radically different approaches to the symphony: Beethoven’s loving evocation of the Austrian countryside follows the stark beauty of Stravinsky’s devout statement of faith. These iconic works share the stage with two emerging composers. Kevin Zhang, this year’s Thomas Nee Commission recipient, will compose a concerto for two violins, performed by co-concertmasters David Buckley and Peter Clarke. Young Iranian-American composer Gity Razaz balances influences from two musical worlds with enormous sophistication in her 2013 composition.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Sunday, December 4th, 2016
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music and La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Music Director Steven Schick will conduct performances of the following pieces:

  • Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky (1930)
  • new true mirrors, furrowed, flooded, extended quite far by Kevin Zhang (2016)
  • In the Midst of Flux by Gity Razaz (2013)
  • Symphony No. 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1808)

This performance will feature classical and neo-classical compositions that demonstrate two radically different approaches to the symphony: Beethoven’s loving evocation of the Austrian countryside follows the stark beauty of Stravinsky’s devout statement of faith. These iconic works share the stage with two emerging composers. Kevin Zhang, this year’s Thomas Nee Commission recipient, will compose a concerto for two violins, performed by co-concertmasters David Buckley and Peter Clarke. Young Iranian-American composer Gity Razaz balances influences from two musical worlds with enormous sophistication in her 2013 composition.


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ArtPower presents Lea DeLaria
Saturday, January 14th, 2017
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

ArtPower presents: 

Lea DeLaria seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her SAG Award–winning stand-out role as Carrie “Big Boo” Black in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black. However, her multifaceted career as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician has in fact spanned decades. She was the featured vocalist at the 50th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, and has performed in some of the most prestigious houses in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, the Royal Albert Hall, and the Sydney Opera House. For her ArtPower debut, DeLaria will treat the audience to her beautiful vocal jazz styling and witty commentary. Expect vocal and comedic fireworks.

“ . . . a must . . . for fans of evocative composition, emotional storytelling, and music in general.”—Broadwayworld.com


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ArtPower presents L-E-V Dance Company
Thursday, January 19th, 2017
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

ArtPower presents:

Founded by choreographer Park Soon-Ho, Bereishit is a Seoul-based dance company that approaches the Korean traditional culture from a contemporary perspective. The company explores the issues of identity and transformation with a dance style that merges the control and full-body excitement of break dance with sleek artistry and urban cool.

With an all-male cast, Bereishit’s West Coast debut includes two works—Bow, an athletic duet inspired by the tradition of archery, explores the boundaries of sports and dance; and the intensely physical Balance and Imbalance, which features brilliant and fun interplay among five dancers, a pair of Korean traditional drummers, and one traditional pansori singer.

“The street style in dress and movement disguises finely honed skill in balancing bodies at extraordinary angles and in extraordinary configurations.”—Critical Dance


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WEDS@7 Reed Family Concert - Boulez: Répons
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
7:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Saturday, February 11th, 2017
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Steven Schick conducts

  • Barber of Seville overture Gioachino Rossini
  • Violin Concerto Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Sinfonia Luciano Berio

Guest Artist: David Bowlin, violin; kallisti, vocal octet

Another re-imagining of what the symphony might be. In 1969 the 44-year-old Luciano Berio confronted the imposing heritage of Beethoven and Mahler and composed his Sinfonia, for orchestra and vocal octet, performed here by Kallisti under the artistic direction of Susan Narucki. Also on the program are Beethoven’s majestic Violin Concerto, with soloist David Bowlin, and Rossini’s much-loved overture.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Sunday, February 12th, 2017
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Steven Schick conducts

  • Barber of Seville overture Gioachino Rossini
  • Violin Concerto Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Sinfonia Luciano Berio

Guest Artist: David Bowlin, violin; kallisti, vocal octet

Another re-imagining of what the symphony might be. In 1969 the 44-year-old Luciano Berio confronted the imposing heritage of Beethoven and Mahler and composed his Sinfonia, for orchestra and vocal octet, performed here by Kallisti under the artistic direction of Susan Narucki. Also on the program are Beethoven’s majestic Violin Concerto, with soloist David Bowlin, and Rossini’s much-loved overture.


ArtPower presents Bereishit Dance Company
Thursday, March 9th, 2017
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)


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UC San Diego Gospel Choir
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Directed by Ken Anderson, the choir combines hundreds of voices to fill the auditorium with the uplifting sound of African American spirituals, blues, traditional songs, and gospel.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Friday, March 17th, 2017
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Steven Schick conducts

REQUIEM - Giuseppe Verdi

Guest artists: Ariana Strahl, soprano; Victoria Vargas, mezzo-soprano; Robert Breault, tenor; Colin Ramsey, bass-baritone; San Diego Master Chorale; San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus

Verdi composed his magnificent Requiem in 1874, when he was in his sixties and thought that he had retired.  His Requiem happened almost by accident: Verdi proposed that a setting of that great text should be made by a group of composers, but when the others dropped out, he wrote the whole thing himself. Millions of music-lovers have been grateful ever since for Verdi’s un-retirement. The symphony and chorus will be joined in this production by guest choruses and operatic soloists for the concert event of the season.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Saturday, March 18th, 2017
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Steven Schick conducts

REQUIEM - Giuseppe Verdi

Guest artists: Ariana Strahl, soprano; Victoria Vargas, mezzo-soprano; Robert Breault, tenor; Colin Ramsey, bass-baritone; San Diego Master Chorale; San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus

Verdi composed his magnificent Requiem in 1874, when he was in his sixties and thought that he had retired.  His Requiem happened almost by accident: Verdi proposed that a setting of that great text should be made by a group of composers, but when the others dropped out, he wrote the whole thing himself. Millions of music-lovers have been grateful ever since for Verdi’s un-retirement. The symphony and chorus will be joined in this production by guest choruses and operatic soloists for the concert event of the season.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Sunday, March 19th, 2017
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Steven Schick conducts

REQUIEM - Giuseppe Verdi

Guest artists: Ariana Strahl, soprano; Victoria Vargas, mezzo-soprano; Robert Breault, tenor; Colin Ramsey, bass-baritone; San Diego Master Chorale; San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus

Verdi composed his magnificent Requiem in 1874, when he was in his sixties and thought that he had retired.  His Requiem happened almost by accident: Verdi proposed that a setting of that great text should be made by a group of composers, but when the others dropped out, he wrote the whole thing himself. Millions of music-lovers have been grateful ever since for Verdi’s un-retirement. The symphony and chorus will be joined in this production by guest choruses and operatic soloists for the concert event of the season.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Saturday, May 6th, 2017
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Michael Gerdes conducts

  • Concerto for Flute - Carl Nielsen
  • Biennale Snapshots - Vivian Fung U.S. PREMIERE
  • Pictures at an Exhibition - Modest Mussorgsky

Guest artist: Carlos Aguilar, flute (2015 Young Artists Winner)

Guest conductor Michael Gerdes leads a perennial favorite, Pictures at an Exhibition, composed when Mussorgsky was 35. That should have been the midpoint of a great career, but–tragically–he was dead only seven years later. LJS&C Young Artists first-place winner Carlos Aguilar plays Nielsen’s Flute Concerto, a very playful (and a very funny) piece of music. Vivian Fung offers her own set of “pictures” in a colorful musical response to works of public art from the 2014-16 Vancouver Art Biennale.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Sunday, May 7th, 2017
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

Michael Gerdes conducts

  • Concerto for Flute - Carl Nielsen
  • Biennale Snapshots - Vivian Fung U.S. PREMIERE
  • Pictures at an Exhibition - Modest Mussorgsky

Guest artist: Carlos Aguilar, flute (2015 Young Artists Winner)

Guest conductor Michael Gerdes leads a perennial favorite, Pictures at an Exhibition, composed when Mussorgsky was 35. That should have been the midpoint of a great career, but–tragically–he was dead only seven years later. LJS&C Young Artists first-place winner Carlos Aguilar plays Nielsen’s Flute Concerto, a very playful (and a very funny) piece of music. Vivian Fung offers her own set of “pictures” in a colorful musical response to works of public art from the 2014-16 Vancouver Art Biennale.


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ArtPower presents Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Thursday, May 25th, 2017
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
An ArtPower presentation.
Tickets handled by
UCSD Box Office
Ticket information: 858-534-TIXS (8497)

ArtPower presents: 

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company was born out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, who passed away in 1988. During this time, the two dancers redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form, and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. The Company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 40 countries on every major continent, and is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the dance-theater world.

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company returns to UC San Diego with Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Dance, which includes two works—D-Man in the Waters and Story/. Both are accompanied by live music.


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UC San Diego Gospel Choir
Thursday, June 1st, 2017
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online

Directed by Ken Anderson, the choir combines hundreds of voices to fill the auditorium with the uplifting sound of African American spirituals, blues, traditional songs, and gospel.


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Wind Ensemble
Thursday, June 8th, 2017
8:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
General Admission: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, Alumni: $5.50
Students : Free with ID
MUSIC Box Office: 858-534-3448
Purchase Online


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Saturday, June 10th, 2017
7:30 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

David Chase conducts

  • Beatrice and Benedict - Hector Berlioz
  • Verklärte Nacht - Arnold Schoenberg
  • The Lovers - Samuel Barber

Love gone awry, love gone bad, love gone very well indeed. David Chase concludes his 43-year tenure as Choral Director with a program inspired by love in its many faces. Berlioz’s take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing has delighted audiences everywhere, Schoenberg’s macabre love-story haunted Viennese audiences, and Barber’s explicit settings shocked Philadelphians at their premiere.


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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Sunday, June 11th, 2017
2:00 pm
Mandeville Auditorium
For ticket information call 858-534-4637 or go to lajollasymphony.com

David Chase conducts

  • Beatrice and Benedict - Hector Berlioz
  • Verklärte Nacht - Arnold Schoenberg
  • The Lovers - Samuel Barber

Love gone awry, love gone bad, love gone very well indeed. David Chase concludes his 43-year tenure as Choral Director with a program inspired by love in its many faces. Berlioz’s take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing has delighted audiences everywhere, Schoenberg’s macabre love-story haunted Viennese audiences, and Barber’s explicit settings shocked Philadelphians at their premiere.




In an effort to conserve resources and reduce paper waste, we post our concert programs as electronic documents on this page (see listings, below). If you are not at a computer, you can easily access this page by scanning the QR code at right (for iPhones we recommend the Bakodo barcode scanning app). Programs for past concerts dating back to October 2008 are available in our concerts archive. Click here to connect with the archive.

PLEASE NOTE: As an experimental and new music department, much of our music is very intimate and quiet, for this reason, we request that students preparing concert reports refrain from writing or rustling papers during concerts.  We also respect the artistry of our musicians and adhere to a strict policy of NO LATE SEATING.  Guests arriving late may be turned away or will be asked to enter between pieces.

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