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This Week at SummerFest

SummerFest 2022: Wednesday, August 3 – Tuesday, August 9

at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center

 

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All events are in The Baker-Baum Concert Hall unless otherwise noted.

Coaching Workshops

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 • 10 AM The JAI
A member of Aestas Trio coaches a local student

 

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 • 11 AM The JAI
Blake Pouliot coaches Aestas Trio on Arensky’s Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 32

Under the Influence:
Shakespeare’s World

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 • 7 PM

Prelude performance by the Pelia Quartet • 6 PM

What creative genius’ work has permeated the culture and had more influence than that of the Bard himself? Join us for this intermission-free Wednesday evening event as we enjoy music from Shakespeare’s time and hear some of his most famous words composed into song. Following Korngold’s popular incidental music for the comedy Much Ado About Nothing, composed in 1920, we conclude with Beethoven’s “Ghost” Piano Trio, which came out of sketches for an opera based on Macbeth that he never completed. Stay after the concert for a special event in the Wu Tsai QRT.yrd to enjoy more music and a feast featuring the best of San Diego’s culinary and craft cocktail scene!

 

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Coaching Workshops

Thursday, August 4, 2022 • 10 AM The JAI
Erin Keefe coaches Pelia Quartet on Bartók’s String Quartet No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Sz.85

 

Thursday, August 4, 2022 • 11 AM The JAI
Imogen Cooper coaches Aestas Trio on Smetana’s Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 15

Lecture in the JAI

Encounter: Weekend in Paris

Thursday, August 4, 2022 • 2 PM The JAI

Prepare for a musical weekend in Paris like you’ve never experienced before. Jennifer Walker, assistant professor of musicology at West Virginia University, transports the audience back in time to the salons of Paris during La Belle Époque. A scholar of French music during the late nineteenth century, Dr. Walker is the author of numerous books and articles, and is the former Editorial Assistant for the Journal of the American Musicological Society. 

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Coaching Workshops

Friday, August 5, 2022 • 10 AM The JAI
A member of Pelia Quartet coaches a local student

 

Friday, August 5, 2022 • 11 AM The JAI
Efe Baltacigil coaches Pelia Quartet on Bartók’s String Quartet No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Sz.85

Open Rehearsal III

Friday, August 5, 2022 • 2:30 PM

In The Baker-Baum Concert Hall, observe the intricate rehearsal process that goes into every SummerFest performance and engage in conversation with the artists during post-rehearsal Q&As. 

Open rehearsals are free and open to the public, no registration is required.

Liza Ferschtman, Yura Lee, Efe Baltacigil, and Inon Barnatan rehearse Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 15

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A Weekend in Paris:
The Salon and The Masquerade

Friday, August 5, 2022 • 7:30 PM

Prelude Lecture by Jennifer Walker • 6:30 PM • The JAI

Salons were the cultural and intellectual hub of Paris; open forums for the city’s most creative minds to engage in thought-provoking and often subversive conversations. These events, along with the famed Masquerade balls, were rife with stirring and seductive new ideas, art, literature, and music. The pieces on this program emerged from these glamorous salons and range from the charming piano duo by Debussy and Sarasate’s devilishly virtuosic Carmen Fantasy to Ravel and Caplet’s decadent and macabre evocations of Edgar Allan Poe’s story The Masque of the Red Death.

 

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A Weekend in Paris:
Le Conservatoire

Saturday, August 6, 2022 • 7:30 PM

Prelude performance by the Aestas Trio • 6:30 PM

Step into the famed halls and studios of Le Conservatoire de Paris, the epicenter of Paris’ most innovative musical minds where, whether as student or professor, composers like Debussy, Lili Boulanger, Franck, and Fauré reflected the great artistic and intellectual movements of their times.

 

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A Weekend in Paris:
Beg, Borrow and Steal

Sunday, August 7, 2022 • 3 PM

Prelude Lecture by Jennifer Walker • 2 PM • The JAI

Composers in Paris took pride in absorbing the artistry of others and building on it to create their own auditory worlds. Composers like Milhaud, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, and Ravel drew inspiration from Baroque composers and idioms to create the masterworks in this concert.

 

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Quartet rehearsing in The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

Fellowship Artist Spotlight I

Monday, August 8, 2022 • 2 PM The JAI

Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, and winner of the Pro Musicis International Award, violinist Erin Keefe is among the leading chamber musicians of her generation. She joins the Aestas Trio for our first Fellowship Artist Spotlight performance with Pelia Quartet.

HAYDN
String Quartet in G Major, Op. 64, No. 4
Pelia Quartet

BRAHMS
Piano Quintet in F Minor, Opus 34
Erin Keefe, violin; Sung Jin Lee, viola; Aestas Trio

 

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Coaching Workshops

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 • 10 AM The JAI
Liza Ferschtman coaches Aestas Trio on Smetana’s Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 15

 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 • 11 AM The JAI
Stefan Jackiw coaches Pelia Quartet on Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 64, No. 4

Artist Lounge: Tessa Lark

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 • 1 PM • The Atkinson Room

Violinist Tessa Lark is one of the most fascinating artistic voices of our time, consistently praised by critics and audiences for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility, and musical elegance. A budding superstar in the classical realm, she is also a highly acclaimed fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky, delighting audiences with programming that includes Appalachian and bluegrass music. Learn how this genre-defying collaborator has inspired composers to write for her and enchanted audiences world-wide. 

 

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Open Rehearsal IV

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 • 2:30 PM

In The Baker-Baum Concert Hall, observe the intricate rehearsal process that goes into every SummerFest performance and engage in conversation with the artists during post-rehearsal Q&As.

Open rehearsals are free and open to the public, no registration is required.

Alexi Kenney, Liza Ferschtman, Tessa Lark, Stefan Jackiw, and the SummerFest Chamber Orchestra rehearse Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

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