Our American Music

Our American Music - A Month-Long Celebration of Music Inspired by America

Throughout the month of January, the San Diego Symphony will be exploring myriad aspects of music made in and inspired by America.

From Native American drumming to folk tunes to the impact of Broadway and some of classical music’s most influential composers, we ask the question: is there a uniquely American musical voice, and if so, what is it and how did it develop? Join us for a series of concerts, panel discussions and community events as we delve into the heart of America’s musical voice and influence. And you can even create your own "American Music" with our San Diego Sound Booths located Downtown and in Balboa Park!


 

Concerts

What Does It Mean To Be An American (Composer)?

THU JAN 5 – 7:30pm

What Does It Mean To Be An American (Composer)?

Panel Discussion with Music

Join us for a thought-provoking ART CONNECTION discussion on the American composing "voice" featuring San Diego Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer, Chicago Symphony Orchestra programming advisor Gerard McBurney and American composer Andrew Norman. Arts writer James Chute will moderate. The evening will feature musical examples performed by musicians of the San Diego Symphony. JUST ANNOUNCED! Los Angeles Philharmonic Conductor Laureate and New York Philharmonic Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen will be joining us as our very special guest!

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Americans and Paris

FRI JAN 6 – 8pm
SUN JAN 8 – 2pm
Jacobs Masterworks

Americans and Paris

Andrew Gourlay, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano

COPLAND: Billy the Kid Suite
COPLAND: Piano Concerto
ANDREW NORMAN: Suspend (Piano Concerto)
GERSHWIN: An American in Paris

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Free Concert for the Community

SAT JAN 7 – 8pm

Our American Music -
Festival Highlights and Musical Surprises

San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Sameer Patel, conductor

The San Diego Symphony Orchestra, led by Associate Conductor Sameer Patel, performs a FREE concert feating iconic pieces by composers like Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.

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Art of Elan

TUE JAN 10 – 7:30pm
Chamber Music Series

Art of Élan

Steven Schick, conductor
Members of Art of Élan

STEVE REICH: Clapping Music
HANNAH LASH: Tree Suite for Harp (world premiere of Art of Élan-commissioned work for solo harp)
EVE BEGLARIAN: I will not be sad in this world
AARON COPLAND: Appalachian Spring (Complete Ballet Suite for 13 instruments)

The San Diego Symphony Orchestra does not appear on this program.

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La Santa Cecilia

WED JAN 11 – 7:30pm

La Santa Cecilia

La Santa Cecilia started their career by serenading passersby on the embellished corners of Downtown Los Angeles’ Olvera Street. They are musical phenomenons who play a blend of many forms of music, including cumbia, bossa nova, and boleros. They have won a Grammy®, toured from coast to coast, collaborated with Elvis Costello, appeared on Conan, and most recently shared the stage with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. The San Diego Symphony Orchestra does not appear on this program.

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Roseanne Cash

THU JAN 12 – 7:30pm

Rosanne Cash

Singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash’s exciting show celebrates her highly-acclaimed and three time Grammy®-winning album, The River & the Thread. The River & the Thread (2014, Blue Note Records) is a collection of original songs that connect and reconnect Rosanne to theAmerican South, the place of her birth and the home of her ancestors. The San Diego Symphony Orchestra does not appear on this program.

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Talib Kweli

FRI JAN 13 – 7:30pm

Talib Kweli

After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Talib Kweli stands as one of the world's most talented and most accomplished Hip Hop artists. Whether working with Mos Def as one-half of Black Star, partnering with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, releasing landmark solo material or collaborating with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, J Dilla, or Madlib, Kweli commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of instrumental.The San Diego Symphony Orchestra does not appear on this program.

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West Coast Jazz Salute

SAT JAN 14 – 8pm
Jazz @ The Jacobs Series

Birth of the Cool: A West Coast Jazz Salute

Gilbert Castellanos, trumpet

A night not to be missed! Series curator Gilbert Castellanos celebrates the music that made the “west coast sound,” paying homage to some of the greatest West Coast artists: Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond and that “prince of darkness” himself, Miles Davis. The San Diego Symphony Orchestra does not appear on this program.

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LA/NY

FRI JAN 20 – 8pm
SUN JAN 22 – 2pm

LA/NY

Cristian Măcelaru, conductor
Andrea Overturf, english horn
Micah Wilkinson, trumpet

STRAVINSKY: Symphony in Three Movements
ADAMS: City Noir
COPLAND: Quiet City
BERNSTEIN: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

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Bernstein, Perlman, Hollywood

SAT JAN 21 – 8pm
Jacobs Masterworks

Bernstein, Perlman, Hollywood

Cristian Măcelaru, conductor
Itzhak Perlman, violin

BERNSTEIN: Suite from On the Waterfront
KORNGOLD: The Sea Hawk
Arr. JOHN WILLIAMS: Perlman Plays Hollywood

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Beyond the Score: Things Our Fathers Loved

SAT JAN 28 – 8pm
Jacobs Masterworks

Beyond the Score®: Things Our Fathers Loved

A production of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Gerard McBurney, creative director
James Gaffigan, conductor

IVES: Symphony No. 2

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American Riffs and Rhapsodies

FRI JAN 27 – 8pm
SUN JAN 29 – 2pm
Jacobs Masterworks

American Riffs and Rhapsodies

James Gaffigan, conductor
Cartier Williams, dancer

HENRY COWELL: Hymn, from Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 2
STEVEN STUCKY: Rhapsodies for Orchestra
BARBER: Symphony No. 1
BERNSTEIN: Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
MORTON GOULD: Tap Dance Concerto
ELLINGTON: Harlem

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