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!

For your ease and convenience, CLICK HERE to purchase a package for the “It’s About Time Festival” performances, lectures and tours. Please note: package page is hosted by San Diego Opera, one of the festival participants. You will be required to login/register @ SD Opera in order to buy a package. Revenue from ticket purchases will be distributed to the participating festival arts organization.

San Diego Union-Tribune's major preview story for "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.

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Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods (Discussion)

Presenting Organization UC San Diego Helen Edison Lecture Series

Location Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

JAN 20, 2:00PM Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods (Discussion)

Join "It's Above Time" festival curator Steven Schick as he leads a discussion of the legacy of African-American composer Charles Mingus and his historic Tijuana Moods album project. (This music will be performed on January 22 on the Athenaeum Jazz series.) Panelists for this discussion will include alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, one of the most longstanding members of Charles Mingus' band; Anthony Davis, UC San Diego Professor of Music and noted composer, pianist and improviser; and others to be announced soon. This event is presented with grant support from the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This edition of UC San Diego's Helen Edison Lecture Series will take place at the Morgan Auditorium of the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common in downtown San Diego.

Radio station WBGO in New York City has taken notice of the concert, publishing a blog post about the various "It's About Time" activities associated with Tijuana Moods. Festival Curator Steven Schick is interviewed as well. WBGO is New York City's only full time Jazz music station.

UCTV captured this discussion as it unfolded on January 20...check it out!

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Luis Alberto Urrea (Discussion)

Presenting Organization UC San Diego Helen Edison Lecture Series

Location Morgan Auditorium at San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

FEB 1, 7:00PM Luis Alberto Urrea (Discussion)

Hailed by NPR as a "master storyteller with a rock and roll heart," Luis Alberto Urrea is a prolific writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea is the critically acclaimed, best-selling author of 16 books, including The Hummingbird's Daughter and Into the Beautiful North. Join "It's About Time" curator Steven Schick for a conversation with Luis Urrea about his life and work and their collaboration on a new version of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat (to be performed at UC San Diego's Mandeville Auditorium on February 3rd) with texts from Urrea's writings. This edition of UC San Diego Extension's Public Events & Lectures series takes place at the San Diego Central Library's Morgan Auditorium.

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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
  • Las Patronas