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

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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THE GREAT LEARNING

Presenting Organization Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
San Diego Symphony

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

JAN 17, 5:00PM THE GREAT LEARNING

Visual and performing arts converge at MCASD’s monthly after-hours offering: Downtown at Sundown. On the third Thursday of every month, guests enjoy free Museum admission and exhibition tours of the exhibition Being Here With You/ Estando Aquí Contigo: 42 Artists From San Diego And Tijuana, DJ-spun tunes, free entry at SDSU Downtown Gallery, drink specials at the adjacent Stone Brewing Company Store and so much more. For the first Downtown at Sundown of 2019, San Diego Symphony will present Cornelius Cardew’s experimental masterpiece The Great Learning: Paragraph 7 (with words by the Chinese philosopher Confucius). A chorus of singers, led by UC San Diego vocal ensemble kallisti - and audience members too – will walk through the galleries while singing Cardew’s semi-improvised score to create a uniquely immersive and interactive sound-scape. Check program upon arrival to the Museum for specific performance times.

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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