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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Presenting Organization UC San Diego Department of Music

Location Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093
(North end of Conrad Prebys Music Center)

FEB 2, 7:30PM Michael Pisaro's asleep, forest, melody, path

Michael Pisaro's asleep, forest, melody, path is a rich and resonant work scored for six field recordings (made in six specially chosen sites in San Diego), a large ensemble of instrumentalists and two soloists. A work of both great intimacy and extraordinary emotional and sonic power, asleep, forest, melody, path sketches a sonic portrait of our city and the people who call it home. Percussionist Greg Stuart returns to UC San Diego to lead the performance and joins violinist Erik Carlson as soloist. Also participating are students of the SDSU Percussion Studio. This concert is presented by the UC San Diego Department of Music and will be given at UCSD's Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.

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Presenting Organization UC San Diego Department of Music

Location Mandeville Auditorium, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093

FEB 3, 7:30PM Reed Family Concert - Igor Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat

We celebrate the centennial of Igor Stravinsky's masterpiece L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) with a new setting featuring texts by the extraordinary writer Luis Urrea, the cutting-edge Tijuana dance collective Lux Boreal and UC San Diego’s dynamic new flute professor Wilfrido Terrazas. Music from a hundred years ago along with text, dance and improvised music from today combine to explore real-life problems and joys of Mexicans and Americans as they cross the international border between San Diego and Tijuana.This performance is the annual Reed Family Concert presented by the UC San Diego Department of Music at UCSD's Mandeville 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