Season Calendar


Single tickets: $25
UCSD Faculty/Staff: $20
Full time Students with valid ID: $0, one ticket per student but must arrive by 7pm!
Student Guests: $10 each

Subscriptions and single tickets available through San Diego Symphony Ticket Office: 619.235.0804

All concerts begin at 7:30pm,
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla 92093 


Entering campus at the Gilman Entrance, follow Gilman Drive around and make a left turn into Russell Lane. Once you have turned, you will have the Gilman Parking Structure on your right and the Conrad Prebys Music Center will be on your left.

There are paid visitor parking spots (marked with a V) in the Gilman Parking Structure on the Ground Level and on the Below Ground level. (Be sure to pay for your parking at the nearest meter.)

Walk out of the Gilman Parking Structure, cross Russell Lane and go to the right, walking to the end of the building. Turn left, and the lobby to the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall will be on your left-hand side.


Camera Lucida, a collaboration between UC San Diego and the San Diego Symphony, presents chamber music masterpieces of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries in the acoustically perfect Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at UCSD. Principal musicians from the San Diego Symphony and distinguished performance faculty from UCSD join with guests from the international chamber music world in performances that blend the precision and cohesiveness of a permanent ensemble with widely ranging instrumentation.

Camera Lucida, the lighted room, the illuminated chamber, stands as figure for the radiance cast by great works of chamber music in live performance. Our concerts create an atmosphere that is inviting and enveloping, our performances are intense and personal, and the works we perform are unforgettable, inspiring expressions of human creativity.

Core members of Camera Lucida include SDSO Concertmaster Jeff Thayer, violist Che-Yen Chen and UCSD Professor of Cello Charles Curtis (Artistic Director). Subscriptions (at a considerable savings from the already-reasonable single-concert price) are a wonderful way to take advantage of the best discounts and seating. Camera Lucida is made possible through the extraordinary generosity of Sam Ersan.

All Camera Lucida concerts begin at 7:30pm and are performed at UCSD's Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. Programs are subject to change!

To subscribe NOW, call the San Diego Symphony Ticket Office at 619.235.0804. Subscribers receive a free concert!

Tune in to KPBS-FM 89.5FM for broadcasts of each Camera Lucida concert at 9pm the second Saturday after each concert.

CLICK HERE for a 2012 feature in U-T San Diego about Camera Lucida Artistic Director Charles Curtis!

Note: Students with ID may attend for FREE, but must be in line 30 minutes before the concert to qualify. Availability of these tickets is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis without guarantees.

A Note from the Artistic Director of Camera Lucida about Season 2014-15:

Dear Musical Friends of Camera Lucida!

Hard to believe: in a few months we will dive into Camera Lucida’s seventh full season. Even as we approach the milestone of our fiftieth concert, and as the number of great chamber music works we have performed reaches well past 100, we relish the continued exploration of familiar, unknown and rarely-performed works from the treasure trove of chamber music.

Over the years, various threads have connected the seasons to one another. Our multi-year survey of the late Beethoven string quartets will, sadly, conclude next season with the first of the late quartets, Op. 127. Our journey through the chamber music for piano and strings of Johannes Brahms will take us at least two more seasons; having worked through all of the piano quartets and some of the trios, we next turn to the Piano Quintet and the first round of sonatas for one string instrument and piano.

Conceptually, the upcoming season mixes works which exist as fragments with a handful of pieces truly monumental in length. Of the latter category I would point to Messiaen’s great Quartet for the End of Time and Tchaikovsky’s elegiac A minor Piano Trio, as well as the expansive but unassumingly-titled Trout Quintet of Franz Schubert. Among the fragments left on the wayside of the early nineteenth century we have Schubert’s Quartettsatz and his string trio fragment in B-flat; Mendelssohn’s solitary Song without Words for cello and piano; and the movement, now known as the Sonatensatz, which Brahms as a very young man contributed to the composite violin sonata composed for Joseph Joachim, the “F.A.E. Sonata.”

The joy we discover in learning and preparing these musical miracles of sound and sense is rivalled only by the satisfaction of bringing them to life in the presence of all of you, our listeners. Moving toward our seventh season we can say, together, we have a great thing going. We thank you for your returning presence in our concerts, and for the acuity of your listening; just as we especially thank our friend and supporter Sam Ersan, whose extraordinary generosity makes all of this work.

Looking forward to many more great concerts,

Charles Curtis
Artistic Director

Monday, April 13, 7:30pm

BRAHMS: Sonata for Viola and Piano in F minor, Op. 120, No. 2
MESSIAEN: Quartet for the End of Time

Monday, April 27 2015, 7:30pm

Che-Yen Chen, viola
Demarre McGill, flute
Julie Smith Phillips, harp
DEBUSSY: “Nuage” from Nocturnes
DEBUSSY: Reverie
LIEBERMANN: Sonata for Flute and Harp
SALZEDO/Phillips: Chanson dans la nuit
DELIUS/Cavaterra: Florida Suite

Monday, May 11, 7:30pm

BRAHMS: Sonatensatz in C minor, WoO 2 for Violin and Piano
GERNSHEIM: Quintet No. 2 for Piano and Strings in B minor, Op. 63
BRAHMS: Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34