January 11 — February 11, 2018

Steven Schick, Festival Curator

What is this festival about?

It’s about the rich world of rhythm. It’s about the way we hear musical time!  It’s about the myriad ways percussion music connects us to the world and to nature.  It’s about living in natural time!  It’s about listening to the sounds of the outside world, to our own heartbeats, to noises of contemporary life. It’s about time in the 21st century! Our festival is about how sound can convey emotion and deepen the connections among us all.  It’s about how time binds us to each other!  It’s about a fertile and interconnected web of musical partners—musicians, audiences and institutions—spanning all of San Diego.  It’s About Time!

Press Release for "It's About Time" Festival

The “It’s About Time” Festival is supported in part by a grant from the American Orchestra’s Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Anne & Gordon Getty Foundation.

Venue map

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Fascinating Rhythm
14 Fascinating Rhythm 15 16 Percussion: A Listener's Guide 17 18 19 20 Places in Time
21 Places in Time 22 23 24 25 26 Stories in Time 27 The Roots of Rhythm The Rite of Spring
28 Stories in Time 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17

Presenting Organization San Diego Symphony

Location Copley Symphony Hall at Jacobs Music Center
750 B St, San Diego, CA 92101

JAN 13, 8:00PM | JAN 14, 2:00PM Fascinating Rhythm

Our "It's About Time" festival opens at the Jacobs Music Center with a program of works suffused with orchestral color and rhythm. Hector Beriloz's boisterous Roman Carnival contains the Italian saltarello dance at its core. Serge Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 bristles with energy, often driven by inexorable "tick-tocks" coming from the percussion section. Guest soloist and festival curator Steven Schick will be at the center of a virtual menagerie of wood, metal and skin in Roberto Sierra's Percussion Concerto. The San Diego Symphony will be conducted by Rafael Payare.

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Presenting Organization San Diego Symphony

Location Copley Symphony Hall at Jacobs Music Center
750 B St, San Diego, CA 92101

JAN 16, 7:30PM Percussion: A Listener's Guide

World percussion traditions might be millennia old, but the big bang that started percussion chamber music in the concert hall was much more recent. In 1931, Edgard Varèse - recently arrived immigrant, inveterate experimenter and the godfather of modern percussion music - composed his 6-minute long Ionisation. Nothing was ever the same again! We’ll start with Ionisation and then lead you on a tour of rhythm, sound and energy in works by Carlos Chavez, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Iannis Xenakis and Steve Reich. The percussionists of the San Diego Symphony join forces with the University of California San Diego's own cutting-edge percussion group, red fish blue fish at the Jacobs Music Center. This concert is part of the Symphony's Chamber Music Series.

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Presenting Organization San Diego Symphony

Location Copley Symphony Hall at Jacobs Music Center
750 B St, San Diego, CA 92101

JAN 20, 8:00PM | JAN 21, 2:00PM Places in Time

Rhythms of Italian music pervade this concert as our "It's About Time" festival continues. Gioacchino Rossini's French opera William Tell, about the Swiss fighting Austrian oppression, was transformed into the signature theme of American pop culture icon The Lone Ranger due to its perfectly propulsive, "Hi-Ho Silver!" beat. Giuseppe Martucci provides a perfect sample of Italian night music with Notturno, and Ottorino Respighi gloriously tramps ghost legions down the Appian Way in The Pines of Rome. Rising young Italian conductor Jader Bignamini leads the San Diego Symphony for this multi-faceted program at the Jacobs Music Center on two successive evenings.

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Thank you to our series partners

  • art pwr
  • Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
  • Fresh Sound
  • La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
  • La Jolla Music Society
  • red fish blue fish
  • UC San Diego
  • San Diego Opera