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 (and 2018 MacArthur Fellow and Genius Award recipient) 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.

The San Diego Union-Tribune has just run a major preview story about our "Hearing the Future" Festival!

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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.

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PAYARE CONDUCTS MOZART AND TCHAIKOVSKY

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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PAYARE AND WEILERSTEIN

Presenting Organization San Diego Symphony

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

JAN 11, 8:00PM | JAN 12, 8:00PM | JAN 13, 2:00PM PAYARE AND WEILERSTEIN

Music Director Designate Rafael Payare makes his first Jacobs Masterworks appearance this season with acclaimed cellist Alisa Weilerstein and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever performance of Benjamin Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 was performed months after the death of Stalin, and is a self-reflective composition containing embedded messages of personal identity.

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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