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.

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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

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Presenting Organization La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

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

FEB 10, 7:30PM | FEB 11, 2:00PM Crosswinds

It has been a tough few years in France – a time of strong crosswinds from every direction. Paris-based composer, circus artist and percussionist Roland Auzet fights back in Alone: Theatre and Music for Fiona, a new theatrical percussion concerto written for and co-commissioned by Fiona Digney. Improvisation and notions of strength, power, virtuosity, gesture and isolation will be explored and expressed to create a percussion concerto like no other. The work calls into question the conventional idea of what it means to be a percussionist, narrator, dancer and actor; it will utilize traditional percussion instruments, ‘found’ instruments such as chairs and other everyday objects, as well as multimedia technology (via Go-Pro cameras). This concerto is being written specifically for Fiona Digney to showcase the strength, subtlety, artistry and virtuosity of one of the new wave of experimental percussionists. The program (performed twice: Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm) begins with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Festival curator Steven Schick will conduct the La Jolla Symphony at UCSD's Mandeville Auditorium, and he will give a concert talk one hour before each performance.

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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