January 9 — January 27, 2019

Matthew Aucoin
Matthew Aucoin, Festival Curator

What is this festival about?

The world is changing at an unprecedented rate. We live in an age of dizzying possibility, of constant transformation and reinvention. The old rules don't seem to apply anymore, but is anyone sure what the new rules are?

Musicians, and other artists, can have an uncanny ability to sense what's just around the corner, or to make sense of a transformation that's underway in our world. Hearing the Future, curated by composer-conductor Matthew Aucoin, explores and celebrates the power of music and art to give voice to the evolution and revolutions in the world at large.

The festival will shine a spotlight on the music being made today - from composers and performers who are still in high school, to a 90-year-old jazz master. The festival will also explore the way music from the past, from Haydn, Beethoven and Berlioz to the creators of African-American spirituals, engaged with the most urgent issues of their time. We also feature events presented by our partners at San Diego museums, theaters and dance companies.

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Presenting Organization Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Location Museum of Contemporary Art Downtown
1100 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

BEING HERE WITH YOU/ ESTANDO AQUÍ CONTIGO: 42 ARTISTS FROM SAN DIEGO AND TIJUANA

Exhibition takes place from Sep 20, 2018 - Feb 3, 2019

"Being Here with You/ Estando aquí contigo" brings together work by 42 artists and collectives living and working in the San Diego and Tijuana region. This exhibition borrows its title from the bilingual song “Angel Baby” by Rosie and the Originals, a teenage band from National City, California, which points to the region’s rich history of homegrown talent. Recognizing that San Diego and Tijuana’s artistic communities are distinct but overlapping, the exhibition builds on the ongoing artistic exchanges between the two cities. 

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Presenting Organization San Diego Symphony

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

JAN 9, 7:30PM BUILDING THE FUTURE: A CONVERSATION ABOUT ART AND ART-MAKING IN A CHANGING CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

Matthew Aucoin (festival curator), Rafael Payare (San Diego Symphony music director designate), Gerard McBurney (creative consultant) and artists and musicians from San Diego Symphony and American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) will provide a preview of the festival and discuss how artists reflect today’s changing cultural landscape, as well as what inspires them in creating the art of the future. This event will include performances of music by Aucoin and music from throughout the festival. Audience is invited to stay after the event to chat and mingle with the panelists, musicians and fellow arts-lovers over a drink.


Presenting Organization San Diego Symphony

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

JAN 10, 8:00PM PAYARE CONDUCTS MOZART AND TCHAIKOVSKY

Don’t miss Rafael Payare’s momentous inaugural concert as San Diego Symphony’s Music Director Designate. This program features the tone poem Don Juan, composed by a 24-year-old Richard Strauss, and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition (written in that composer’s 35th year) in its well-known orchestration by Maurice Ravel. The concert opens with the dramatic overture to Mozart’s Don Giovanni, which he debuted at age 31, and also features cellist Alisa Weilerstein in Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations. All funds from this concert will go to support the San Diego Symphony’s Learning and Community Engagement programs.

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Thank you to our festival partners

  • San Diego Dance Theater
  • Playwrights Project
  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
  • Kallisti
  • James Beauton and Justin Morrison
  • ARTS (A Reason to Survive)
  • Art of Élan
  • American Modern Opera Company
  • Fresh Sound
  • Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
  • Malashock Dance
  • Vanguard Culture