This summer, music director Inon Barnatan leads his inaugural SummerFest at La Jolla Music Society.

The SummerFest Opening Night takes place on August 2, featuring a roster of star artists including Benjamin Beilman, Stefan Jackiw, Anthony McGill, and Alisa Weilerstein. For the evening, Inon curates a collection of short pieces and movements spanning more than 300 years into a single suite. The evening also includes a world première by pianist and composer Conrad Tao, who Inon then joins forces with for Rachmaninoff’s passionate Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos.

On August 3, Inon leads a program of ethereal chamber music with friends and collaborators. The evening includes Bach’s Ich habe genug, BWV 82, Messiaen’s Fouillis d’arcs-en-ciel, pour l’Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps from Quatuor pour la fin du temps, and an arrangement for soprano and chamber ensemble of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.

The programs on August 4 & 6 feature music by Debussy, George Crumb, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Ysaÿe, Arensky, and Shostakovich. These are followed by the first concert of the Synergy Series, where Inon collaborates with friends Cécile McLorin Salvant and Aaron Diehl (August 7).

Inon returns to La Jolla for Synergy’s second installment on August 15, where he presents Mussorgsky’s iconic Pictures at an Exhibition in a collaborative presentation with renowned artist, designer, and director Doug Fitch.

On August 23, Inon appears in the SummerFest season finale, with a curated evening crafted around the concerto grosso. The program features music spanning from Bach to Ellen Zwilich, with guest artists including Cho-Liang Lin, Jonathan Biss, James Ehnes, Clive Greensmith, and Augustin Hadelich.

Click here to view Inon‘s full curated 2019 SummerFest season.


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