June 16 — June 25:
Celebrate A Day In The Life Of Earth
Join us for our FREE virtual festival this June
with music inspired by our beautiful blue planet
Wednesday, June 16, 6PM PDST
Opening Panel Discussion
The life-giving powers of nature have inspired artists for centuries. Fast-forward to today: environmental issues we all face, such as climate change, present new challenges to all inhabitants on the planet. Join musicians and composers from "To the Earth" in exploring how creative artists can tap creative thought to respond to these issues through their art. How can we reimagine our individual contributions and their impact on our shared home?
Latin Grammy®-nominated Gabriela Ortiz is one of the foremost composers in Mexico today. Her music combines high art, folk music and jazz in novel, expressive and personal ways. Her piece Vitrales de ambar (Stained Glasses of Amber) is featured on the June 23 program, "Noon: The Rush of Water".
Our Special Guest Panelist is acclaimed New York Times columnist Margaret Renkl, author of Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss and the upcoming Graceland, At Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache from the American South. (Follow this link to reserve your copy of Ms. Renkl's latest book through Warwick's, America's oldest family-owned and operated bookstore.)Watch Now for FREE on YouTube
Friday, June 18 | 7:00PM PDST
Morning: Birds and Light
Join Festival Curator Steven Schick and Music Director Rafael Payare in a program that explores birds and light in music and written poetry by US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and John Haines. Bird-like flutes from Haydn’s Symphony No. 6 capture the sounds of dawn on a spring day. In Messiaen’s Le merle noir, the short motivic bursts of activity in the cadenzas and the wild grace notes imitate the call and fluttering of the blackbird. The sunshine dances in Missy Mazzoli’s The Sound of Light and John Luther Adams’s songbirdsongs, based on Adams’s studies of actual bird songs, ends the program.Watch now for FREE
Wednesday, June 23 | 7:00PM PDST
Noon: The Rush Of Water
Join Festival Curator Steven Schick and Music Director Rafael Payare in a program capturing the essence of life and flexibility of water. The quiet, resilient power of light is captured in poetry by Emily Dickinson and Monica Sanchez Escuer, and Debussy’s Prelude to "The Afternoon of a Faun" conjures the seductive warmth of the sun. Gabriela Ortiz’s shimmering textures shine in Stained Glasses of Amber, a work that follows the journey of a monarch butterfly, migrating from the composer’s native Mexico to Canada. Excerpts from Tan Dun’s shimmering work for percussion ensemble, Water Music, explore the sounds that surround us, if we choose to listen closely. Haydn’s Symphony No. 7, nicknamed “Le Midi” denotes noon, and our concert ends on a clear sunny day.Watch on June 23 for FREE
Friday, June 25 | 7:00PM PDST
Evening: The Earth Rests
Join Festival Curator Steven Schick and Music Director Rafael Payare in the final segment of the San Diego Symphony’s To the Earth festival. At the end of every day, the earth rests and so do we. We begin the program with words of wisdom by Wendell Berry and later hear San Diego's own Gill Sotu, who performs a newly commissioned poem. Osvaldo Golijov’s Mariel captures the moments just before the loss of a beloved friend, and we offer Lili Boulanger’s D'un soir triste (Of a Sad Evening), written shortly before her death at the age of 24. We end with Haydn’s Symphony No. 8, the finale of his programmatic symphonic triptych inspired by the times of day, with an evening thunderstorm. Festival curator and percussionist Steven Schick performs on tuned flowerpots and recites an ancient Greek text in a final ode To the Earth.Watch Now for FREE
Upper left: Festival Curator and percussionist Steven Schick
Lower left and upper right: Music Director Rafael Payare leads the orchestra in a recording of “What’s that Sound? First Music from the Shell”
Lower right: San Diego Symphony percussion section and Steven Schick performing Tan Dun’s "Water Music"